The North Shore News just reported on a release from BC Stats of its annual population change estimates. No surprise here: “the North Shore continues to lag behind other Lower Mainland municipalities when it comes to population growth.”
District of West Vancouver’s population: up by 228 or people 0.5 per cent between 2018 and 2019.
District of North Vancouver: up 78 people, a growth rate of 0.1 per cent.
(No. 1 complaint on the North Shore: the intolerable growth in traffic congestion. Gee, what could have caused that?)
But here is the surprise:
Five Metro municipalities posted a net loss, the starkest of which was Pitt Meadows, which saw its population contract by 0.8 per cent. The District of Squamish, however, led all of B.C. in shedding citizens with 2.9 per cent drop, year over year.
Squamish? The place where a headline is, typically, “Squamish attracts new population and hip businesses, along with growing pains“. Maybe that’s the difference between a city and district. But an outer suburb like Pitt Meadows?
What’s going on here?