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Because of its fertile soil Delta is one of the most important agricultural areas in Metro Vancouver.  The regulations of the Agricultural Land Reserve prevent Delta’s land from conversion to suburban housing. One of Delta’s communities, Ladner, is traditionally a farming and fishing village.

Nevertheless, North Delta, the community located in the north-east of Delta, is a suburban area with more than 51,623 residents. It is largely a middle-class bedroom community, which means that most of the workforce has their homes in Delta but commutes daily to work in the nearby cities and industrial areas.

Tsawwassen acts as the location of shooting of many films. Some of the productions that used Tsawwassen sights were The X-files, Jumanji, Smallville, Insomnia and X-men: The Last Stand.