Trends Analyses

Growing, shrinking, and aging – Columbia Basin-Boundary regional population update

Growing, Shrinking, and Aging – Columbia Basin-Boundary regional population update

Demographic information is critical for local planning. This information can help us understand who makes up our population and what their needs are. As Statistics Canada releases more information from the 2016 Census, the RDI will be able to provide new updates, starting with an Update on Population Numbers. This update presents and compares numbers from BC Stats and Statistics Canada, and discusses why and how the two differ. From the 2016 Census data we see growth in 20 of our 28 municipalities across the region.

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Wed, 02/22/2017 - 05:04
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Trends Analysis: Community & Society (2016)

Society and human communities are complex, with a variety of variables at work. While society can be thought of as a broader term describing the direct and indirect social connections between people, community is made up of individuals who are closely connected, often by geography. Community can be defined broadly as “a group of people who live, learn, work, and play in an environment at a given time”.

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Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:55
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Trends Analysis: Demographics (2016)

It is estimated that 4,683,139 people live in British Columbia (BC), of which 3.5% or 162,900 people live in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region.Demographic data, such as population estimates, can not only provide information about the people in a place, but can help inform planning and decision-making. Demographic indicators covered in this trends analysis include:

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Mon, 06/19/2017 - 14:13
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Trends Analysis: Education & Learning (2016)

Education is a key social determinant of health.1 From the early years to adulthood, education is a foundation of healthy personal development. The importance of literacy is well documented, including how literacy matters not only for personal health, educational attainment, and financial security, but for the well-being of a community and health of the economy.2 Education increases overall literacy and understanding of how one can promote one’s own health and well-being, and provides the knowledge and skills needed to actively participate and contribute to society.

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Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:53
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Trends Analysis: Environment (2016)

The unique, diverse natural landscapes and resources of the Columbia Basin-Boundary region are the foundation for many aspects of well-being. These landscapes provide ecological resilience, biodiversity, land to grow food, clean air and water, and they are a foundational piece of our economic, social, and cultural well-being.

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Mon, 06/19/2017 - 13:47
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Trends Analysis: Infrastucture & Basic Services (2016)

Infrastructure and basic services are an important part of every community across the Columbia Basin-Boundary region, as well as across the country, providing the foundation upon which we build our lives and economy. While infrastructure is often thought of as physical systems (e.g., roads, buildings), how infrastructure is defined is increasingly inclusive of services (e.g., health, education). Investments in infrastructure and services contribute to our economy, as well as enhance quality of life.

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Mon, 06/19/2017 - 11:14
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Trends Analysis: Tourism

In 2014, tourism in British Columbia accounted for $7.7 million (3.2%) of the province’s gross domestic product (GDP), contributed $14,582,000 in revenues, and employed 127,500 people. At the Columbia Basin-Boundary regional level determining the impact of the tourism sector is difficult, however we do know that in 2014, the tourism sector in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region employed 4,500 people (4% of provincial total) and was home to 820 (4% of the provincial total) of the tourism related establishments.

 

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Mon, 06/19/2017 - 08:30
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Trends Analysis: Workforce

‘Workforce’ can be generally thought of as those people currently working, or looking for work. Often it’s discussed in relation to a certain sector (e.g., the skilled trades workforce) or geographic area (e.g., Columbia Basin-Boundary workforce). A skilled and engaged workforce is critical to the success of the economy.1 Forecasts from the Kootenay Regional Workforce Table indicate 4,700 new jobs in the Kootenay Development Region by 2020, as well as 18,000 vacancies as a result of retiring workers.

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Mon, 06/19/2017 - 08:23
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