Recent News

2016 State of the Basin Full Report Released

The full 2016 State of the Basin report is now available. The State of the Basin initiative monitors indicators of economic, social, cultural, and environmental well-being in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region. This report provides detailed analysis and research to accompany the 2016 State of the Basin Snapshot Report, which was released earlier this year.   ... [More]

Grey wave gains momentum: New data sheds light on Basin-Boundary demographics

There are now more seniors than youth in the Columbia Basin-Boundary region, and our population is aging faster than the overall populations for Canada and British Columbia. Statistics Canada recently released data from the 2016 Census on age and sex of the population. While Basin-Boundary populations are showing certain demographic trends that are common across much of the ... [More]

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 ... [More]

RDI takes on Local Water Reporting

The Columbia Basin Trust’s Water Smart initiative drew to a close in 2016 ( Part of the Water Smart program included the collection, analysis, and reporting of local water demand and consumption data. When several Water Smart communities expressed interest in continuing with data reporting the RDI was ... [More]

Nursing Students Contribute to Design of Women’s Centre in Castlegar

Each year, the University of Victoria at Selkirk College nursing students participate in a leadership project, often involving research working with a community partner. Cassie Jenkins and Kasane Magee recently completed their project which aimed to help the Castlegar and District Community Services Society (CDCSS) design a new women’s centre. The students conducted a series of ... [More]