According to BC Statistics the community of West Van is seeing a steady population decline.
According to a B.C. Statistics report, the population in West Vancouver dropped by 2.1 per cent between 2015 and 2016 with just under 41,000 people now calling that community home.
The downturn in West Vancouver is the largest year-over-year decline of any B.C. municipality with at least 15,000 residents. West Vancouver has been in a slow and steady decline since 2011, which doesn’t follow the current trend of most municipalities across the province that have seen a steady increase in their populations.
So whats driving the decline? Housing prices? Aging Population? Lack of Bars and Restaurants? Lack of rentals? The mayor is concerned about all those factors.
“So we need more rental accommodation so when our young people are graduating and want to stay in West Van, have a place to rent.”
The business community, Smith says, is also suffering from the lack of vibrancy.
“We don’t have the bars and restaurants to create any vibrancy in the community. It’s a very serious situation,” Smith explained.
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