List of district municipalities in British Columbia

A district municipality is a classification of municipalities used in the Canadian province of British Columbia. British Columbia's Lieutenant Governor in Council may incorporate a community as a district municipality by letters patent, under the recommendation of the Minister of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development, if the area is greater than 800 ha (2,000 acres) and has a population density of less than 5 people per hectare, and at least 50% of the affected residents vote in favour of the proposed incorporation.[1]

British Columbia has 50 district municipalities[2][3][4] that had a cumulative population of 746,125 and an average population of 14,923 in the 2011 Census.[5] British Columbia's largest and smallest district municipalities are Saanich and Wells with populations of 109,752 and 245 respectively.[5]

Of British Columbia's 50 district municipalities, the first to incorporate as a district municipality was North Cowichan on June 18, 1873, while the most recent community to incorporate as a district municipality was the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) on February 6, 2009.[2][3] Although portrayed as a regional municipality in its name, the NRRM is classified as a district municipality.[3]

List

District
municipality
Corporate
name[2]
Regional
district
[2]
Incorporation
date[2]
Population
(2011)[5]
Population
(2006)[5]
Change
(%)[5]
Area
(km²)[5]
Population
density[5]
BarriereBarriere, District ofThompson-NicolaDecember 4, 20071,7731,43223.810.77164.7
Central SaanichCentral Saanich, The Corporation of the District ofCapitalDecember 12, 195015,93615,7451.241.33385.6
ChetwyndChetwynd, District ofPeace RiverSeptember 25, 19622,6352,6330.163.0441.8
ClearwaterClearwater, District ofThompson-NicolaDecember 3, 20072,3312,2254.855.6841.9
ColdstreamColdstream, The Corporation of the District ofNorth OkanaganDecember 21, 190610,3149,4718.966.28155.6
ElkfordElkford, District ofEast KootenayJuly 16, 19712,5232,4632.4108.4223.3
EsquimaltEsquimalt, Corporation of the Township ofCapitalSeptember 1, 191216,20916,840−3.77.082,290.1
Fort St. JamesFort St. James, District ofBulkley-NechakoDecember 19, 19521,6911,35025.323.4772.0
HighlandsHighlands, District ofCapitalDecember 7, 19932,1201,90311.438.0555.7
HopeHope, District ofFraser ValleyApril 6, 19295,9696,185−3.541.14145.1
HoustonHouston, District ofBulkley-NechakoMarch 4, 19573,1473,163−0.572.9443.1
Hudson's HopeHudson's Hope, District ofPeace RiverNovember 16, 19659701,012−4.2827.361.2
InvermereInvermere, District ofEast KootenayMay 22, 19512,9553,002−1.610.73275.3
KentKent, The Corporation of the District ofFraser ValleyJanuary 1, 18955,6644,73819.5168.3933.6
KitimatKitimat, District ofKitimat-StikineMarch 31, 19538,3358,987−7.3240.0134.7
Lake CountryLake Country, District ofCentral OkanaganMay 2, 199511,7089,60621.9122.1995.8
LangleyLangley, The Corporation of the Township ofGreater VancouverApril 26, 1873104,17793,72611.2308.03338.2
LantzvilleLantzville, District ofNanaimoJune 25, 20033,6013,661−1.627.66130.2
LillooetLillooet, District ofSquamish-LillooetDecember 31, 19462,321[6]2,324−0.127.5184.4
Logan LakeLogan Lake, District ofThompson-NicolaNovember 10, 19702,0732,162−4.1325.336.4
MackenzieMackenzie, District ofFraser-Fort GeorgeMay 19, 19663,5074,539−22.7155.4122.6
MetchosinMetchosin, District ofCapitalDecember 3, 19844,8034,7950.271.0967.6
MissionMission, District ofFraser ValleyJune 2, 189236,42634,5055.6225.70161.4
New HazeltonNew Hazelton, District ofKitimat-StikineDecember 15, 19806666276.224.3627.3
North CowichanNorth Cowichan, The Corporation of the District ofCowichan ValleyJune 18, 187328,80727,5574.5195.54147.3
North SaanichNorth Saanich, District ofCapitalAugust 19, 196511,08910,8232.537.25297.7
North VancouverNorth Vancouver, The Corporation of the District ofGreater VancouverMay 13, 190784,41282,5622.2160.76525.1
Northern Rockies[3]Northern Rockies Regional MunicipalityNorthern RockiesFebruary 6, 20095,290[6]5,702−7.285,014.520.1
Oak BayOak Bay, The Corporation of the District ofCapitalJuly 2, 190618,01517,9080.610.531,710.3
PeachlandPeachland, The Corporation of the District ofCentral OkanaganJanuary 1, 19095,2004,8836.515.75330.2
Port EdwardPort Edward, District ofSkeena-Queen CharlotteJune 29, 1966544577−5.7168.013.2
Port HardyPort Hardy, District ofMount WaddingtonMay 5, 19664,0083,8224.938.73103.5
SaanichSaanich, The Corporation of the District ofCapitalMarch 1, 1906109,752108,2651.4103.781,057.6
SecheltSechelt, District ofSunshine CoastFebruary 15, 19569,2918,4549.939.01238.2
SicamousSicamous, District ofColumbia ShuswapDecember 4, 19892,4412,676−8.812.71192.0
SookeSooke, District ofCapitalDecember 7, 199911,4359,69917.956.72201.6
SpallumcheenSpallumcheen, The Corporation of the Township ofNorth OkanaganJuly 21, 18925,0554,9601.9255.7719.8
SparwoodSparwood, District ofEast KootenayOctober 6, 19643,6673,6181.4191.0119.2
SquamishSquamish, District ofSquamish-LillooetMay 18, 194817,15814,94914.8104.88163.6
StewartStewart, District ofKitimat-StikineMay 16, 1930494496−0.4552.080.9
SummerlandSummerland, The Corporation of the District ofOkanagan-SimilkameenDecember 21, 190611,28010,8284.274.06152.3
TaylorTaylor, District ofPeace RiverAugust 23, 19581,3731,384−0.817.0980.4
TofinoTofino, District ofAlberni-ClayoquotFebruary 5, 19321,8761,65513.410.53178.2
Tumbler Ridge[lower-alpha 1]Tumbler Ridge, District ofPeace RiverApril 9, 19812,7102,45410.41,558.971.7
UclueletUcluelet, District ofAlberni-ClayoquotFebruary 26, 19521,6271,4879.46.81238.9
VanderhoofVanderhoof, District ofBulkley-NechakoJanuary 22, 19264,4804,06410.254.8381.7
Wells[lower-alpha 2]Wells, District ofCaribooJune 29, 19982452363.8158.281.5
West VancouverWest Vancouver, The Corporation of the District ofGreater VancouverMarch 15, 191242,69442,1311.387.26489.3
Total district
municipalities
777,017 743,030 4.6 92,425.88 8.4

Notes:

  1. Incorporated in 1981, Tumbler Ridge was developed as a company town by Denison Mines, Teck Corporation and the Japanese Steel Industry in cooperation with the Government of British Columbia.[7]
  2. Wells was founded as a company town for the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine.[8]

Former district municipalities

See also

References

  1. "Local Government Act: Part 2 — Incorporation of Municipalities". Government of British Columbia Queen's Printer. November 12, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  2. "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  3. "Order of the Lieutenant Governor in Council (Order in Council No. 033)" (PDF). Province of British Columbia. January 29, 2009. p. 3. Retrieved September 20, 2014. The class of the municipality is a district municipality.
  4. "Order in Council No. 357". Province of British Columbia. June 26, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  5. "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (British Columbia)". Statistics Canada. May 28, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
  6. "Corrections and updates: Population and dwelling count amendments, 2011 Census". Statistics Canada. March 21, 2013. Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  7. "History, in a nutshell". District of Tumbler Ridge. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
  8. "Wells". District of Wells. Retrieved July 5, 2013.
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