Fraser Valley Regional District

The Fraser Valley Regional District (FVRD) is a regional district in British Columbia, Canada. Its headquarters are in the city of Chilliwack. The FVRD covers an area of 13,361.74 km² (5,159 sq mi). It was created by an amalgamation of the Fraser-Cheam Regional District and Central Fraser Valley Regional District and the portion of the Dewdney-Alouette Regional District from and including the District of Mission eastwards.

Fraser Valley
Fraser Valley Regional District
View departing Abbotsford Airport

Location in British Columbia
ProvinceBritish Columbia
Office locationChilliwack
  TypeRegional district
  BodyBoard of Directors
  ChairJason Lum (Chilliwack)
  Vice ChairPatricia Ross (Abbotsford)
  Electoral Areas
  • A - Boston Bar–North Bend–Canyon Alpine
  • B - Yale/Choate/Dogwood Valley/Emory Creek/Laidlaw/Othello/Ruby Creek/Spuzzum/Sunshine Valley
  • C - Sasquatch Country
  • D - Popkum–Bridal Falls
  • E - Chilliwack River Valley
  • F - McConnell Creek-Hatzic Prairie
  • G - Nicomen Island–Deroche–Dewdney–Hatzic Island
  • H - Cultus Lake–Columbia Valley–Lindell Beach
  Land13,335.28 km2 (5,148.78 sq mi)
  Density22.2/km2 (57/sq mi)

The FVRD incorporates roughly the eastern half of the Lower Mainland region of southwestern BC, and is bordered by Whatcom County, Washington to the south, Metro Vancouver to the west, the Okanagan-Similkameen Regional District to the east, the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District to the northwest, and the Thompson-Nicola Regional District to the northeast.

It also includes unincorporated areas north of the City of Pitt Meadows, which were part of the Dewdney-Alouette Regional District but which were not transferred to the Greater Vancouver Regional District when it expanded to include Pitt Meadows and Maple Ridge.


The FVRD has a population of 295,934 people (2016 census) in six municipalities and 8 electoral areas. This was an eight percent increase in 2016 from 277,593 in 2011. The following table breaks down each member municipality and electoral area according to population statistics from the 2011 and 2016 Canadian Census data sets

Area Population (2006) Population (2011) Population (2016)
City of Abbotsford 123,864 133,497 141,397
City of Chilliwack 69,217 77,936 83,788
District of Mission 34,505 36,426 38,833
District of Hope 6,185 5,969 6,181
District of Kent 4,738 5,664 6,067
Village of Harrison Hot Springs 1,573 1,468 1,468
Electoral Area "A" 478 442 405
Electoral Area "B" 796 721 915
Electoral Area "C" 952 973 1,023
Electoral Area "D" 1,296 1,346 1,529
Electoral Area "E" 3,481 3,358 1,540
Electoral Area "F" 1,339 1,303 1,293
Electoral Area "G" 1,914 1,764 1,776
Electoral Area "H" 394 N/A (dissolved) 1,847
Indian Reservations        7,872


Canada 2016 Census[3]Population% of total population (2016)
Visible minority groupSouth Asian39,92013.8%
Latin American2,0500.7%
Southeast Asian2,2850.8%
West Asian3550.1%
Visible minority, n.i.e.4050.1%
Multiple visible minorities1,1100.4%
Total visible minority population58,53520.3%
Aboriginal group23,8658.3%
Total population288,765100%

According to the 2011 Census, 76.47% of Fraser Valley's population have English as mother tongue; Punjabi is the mother tongue of 10.02% of the population, followed by German (3.49%), Dutch (1.39%), French (1.07%), Korean (0.69%), Spanish (0.66%), Tagalog (0.35%), Chinese, n.o.s. (0.33%), and Vietnamese (0.30%).[4]

Mother tongue Population (2011) Percentage
English 209,130 76.47%
Punjabi 27,390 10.02%
German 9,540 3.49%
Dutch 3,790 1.39%
French 2,915 1.07%
Korean 1,880 0.69%
Spanish 1,810 0.66%
Tagalog (Filipino) 950 0.35%
Chinese, n.o.s. 890 0.33%
Vietnamese 820 0.30%


While the member municipalities provide for their own municipal services, the FVRD acts as the local government for the electoral areas. As a local government or regional district, it can provide services such as water piping, storm sewers, sanitary sewers, street lighting, waste management, fire protection, mosquito control, E911 service, emergency preparedness/recovery, cablevision, air quality monitoring, library funding, growth management, park maintenance, building inspections and bylaw enforcement, planning, and development approvals. Each area does not necessarily receive all these services so each electoral area pays property taxes, through the provincial government, in accordance with the particular services they receive. The FVRD has opted to implement a regional growth strategy, as allowed by Section 25 of the BC Local Government Act.

Political structure

The regional district is a federation of municipalities and electoral areas. Each municipality appoints councillors to the board of directors for the regional district in proportion to their relative population sizes and the electoral areas directly elect one director each.


Economically, the area has grown around resource extraction, specifically farming, logging and gravel mining. Much of the Fraser Valley's land base is within the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR). The balance, not privately owned is in Crown Lands. Retirement and recreational services (like campgrounds, RV parks, boating, skiing etc.) have become increasingly important. However, most commercial and industrial activities are kept within the municipal boundaries and leaving the electoral areas for farming and rural residential uses.

Electoral area, geography, and climate

The areas in a regional district that are not incorporated are called ‘electoral areas’.

Electoral area "A"

Boston Bar and North Bend, with populations nearing 200 people each, are the two main small towns in this area. Other residents of this area live in small subdivisions (i.e. Canyon Alpine and Falls Creek) or Indian reserves which line the Fraser Canyon.

Electoral area "B"

Communities in this area are connected by three highways (Highway #1, #3, #5) which radiate out of the District of Hope. The communities of Dogwood Valley, Emory Creek, and Choate are just north of Hope and have a combined population of about 133 people. Sunshine Valley is a community on BC Highway 3 southeast of Hope with 164 people and was originally a Japanese internment camp named Tashme. Other communities in this area include Laidlaw, west of Hope, and Spuzzum, north of Yale.

Electoral area "C"

Communities in this area include Lake Errock with 368 people, Harrison Mills with 141 people, and the resort town of Hemlock Valley, with only 15 permanent residents (but several hundred hotel guests and condo residents during the ski season). There are vacation homes on islands in Harrison Lake.

Electoral area "D"

The population of this area lives in the unincorporated villages of Popkum and Bridal Falls. Combined they have a population of 972 people.

Electoral area "E"

The Chilliwack River runs east-west through this area. Most of the population live in the small area between the mountains and the river, which is generally divided into three areas: Slesse Park, Baker Trails and Bell Acres.

Other residents of this area live on the north end of Cultus Lake, or in the Columbia Valley, south of Cultus Lake, bordering Washington state.

Electoral area "F"

Area F lies between the boundaries of the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District to the north and west, the Metro Vancouver Regional District to the west, Electoral Area G and the cities of Mission and Maple Ridge to the South, and Electoral Area C to the east. The Area F population of approximately 1,300 people lives exclusively in the southern, lowland portion of Area F, specifically that between Hatzic Lake and the southeast end of Stave Lake, as everything in this electoral area north of Stave Lake is inaccessible or uninhabitable. This inhabited lowland area is also known as Hatzic Valley, and includes the unincorporated localities of McConnell Creek and Miracle Valley in the north, and Hatzic Prairie and the farming town of Durieu in the south.

Electoral Area "G"

This small but populous (~1,800 pop.) Electoral Area lies mainly north of the Fraser River but also encompasses portions of Sumas Mountain to the south (formerly Electoral Area "H".) Area "G" borders the District of Mission to the west, Electoral Areas "F" and "C" to the North and East and the city of Abbotsford to the south. It includes the communities of Hatzic Island, Dewdney, Nicomen Island, and Deroche. FVRD local services provided to Area "G" include the Dewdney and Deroche Community Water Systems, North Fraser Fire Protection, North Side Street Lighting and North Side Garbage.

Farming (dairy, nursery and blue berries) and resource extraction (forestry and aggregate) along with recreation are the primary activities. Approximately one-quarter of the residents live on Hatzic Island with much of the Electoral Area's remaining population residing in more rural locations and on Leq’a:mel First Nation Reserve lands.

The Sasquatch Lions Club (member club of Lions Clubs International) is the predominate service organization found in Area "G" and the Deroche and District Community Association has been active since 1908.

Electoral Area "H"

This new Electoral Area H was re-established in 2014 to include Cultus Lake and Columbia Valley.[5] Previously, Electoral Area H was dissolved in 2008, with privately owned lands within the area being annexed into Abbotsford, and crown lands being reassigned to Electoral Area "G".[6] The previous area consisted of the majority of Sumas Mountain.

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