British Columbia Sun

Prompt population increase causes smaller cities to reconsider infrastructure


Key takeaways: 

  • More gardens, schools, transportation alternatives are things cities ought to handle.
  • Kelowna is one of some neighborhoods seeing a quick population increase, starting discussions regarding updating infrastructure to help that growth.

Small cities rethink infrastructure: 

Mark Kidd has always liked to live on B.C.’s West Coast, so the previous year he and his family of four shifted to Nanaimo, B.C., from their house in Regina, Sask.

“I love it here,” he informed B.C. Today guest host Bal Brach. “I’ve always liked to be here; my folks are here; they’re in their 80s.” Source –

Kidd is one of the thousands of individuals who moved to Vancouver Island city in the previous five years.

According to the latest census data from Statistics Canada, the Nanaimo urban census area, which has nearby neighborhoods Qualicum and Parksville, noticed a population growth of 10 percent — almost 9,000 individuals.

The population has also soared in other mid-sized cities: in Kelowna, for instance, the population is up by 13.5 percent.

The Kamloops urban area grew by 8.4, while nearby ski resort town Sun Peaks doubled its residents to 1,400.

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Fast growth of population in BC

The differences cause numerous cities to reconsider their infrastructure as they adapt to a growing population. 

“It’s apparent that there is surprising growth on Vancouver Island, in Nanaimo in precise, and the anticipation is it will persist,” Nanaimo mayor Leonard Krog told.  Source –

The city is already adapting to future development, including creating more accommodation, gardens, and transportation options.

“The challenges are around meeting the need and ensuring that neighborhoods embrace the changes,” he stated. Source –

Growing transportation

Transportation is top of mind in Victoria suburb Langford, where a third of the people are new.

Susan Brice, chair of the Victoria Regional Transit Commission, states they’ve been working on expanding transportation into downtown Victoria from Langford since 2019.

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