List of villages in British Columbia

A village 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 village by letters patent, under the recommendation of the Minister of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development, if its population is not greater than 2,500 and the outcome of a vote involving affected residents was that greater than 50% voted in favour of the proposed incorporation.[1]

British Columbia has 42 villages[2] that had a cumulative population of 44,962 and an average population of 1,070 in the 2011 Census.[3] British Columbia's largest and smallest villages are Cumberland and Zeballos with populations of 3,398 and 125 respectively.[3]

Of British Columbia's current 42 villages, the first to incorporate as a village was Kaslo on August 14, 1893, while the most recent community to incorporate as a village was Queen Charlotte on December 5, 2005.[2]

List

Village Corporate
name[2]
Regional
district
[2]
Incorporation
date[2]
Population
(2011)[3]
Population
(2006)[3]
Change
(%)[3]
Area
(km²)[3]
Population
density[3]
Total villages 44,962 43,997 2.2 393.76 114.2

Notes:

    Former villages

    Fort Nelson held village status between April 8, 1971 and October 31, 1987, after which it was classified as a town[4] before ultimately amalgamating with the Northern Rockies Regional District on February 6, 2009 to form the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality.[5][6]

    Kinnaird held village status between August 6, 1947 and August 5, 1967, after which it was classified as a town before ultimately amalgamating with the Town of Castlegar on January 1, 1974 to form the City of Castlegar.[7]

    Mission City held village status between December 12, 1939 and January 1, 1958, after which it was classified as a town before ultimately amalgamating with the District of Mission on November 1, 1969.[8]

    Town status eligibility

    As of the 2011 Census, one of the above villages – Cumberland – meets the requirement of having a population greater than 2,500 to incorporate as a town.

    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. "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.
    4. "Name Details: Fort Nelson". GeoBC. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
    5. "Fort Nelson". Northern Rockies Regional Municipality. Archived from the original on August 14, 2012. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
    6. "Statistics Relating to Regional and Municipal Governments in BC 2011" (PDF). Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. p. 21 of 30. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
    7. "Name Details: Kinnaird". GeoBC. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
    8. "Name Details: Mission City". GeoBC. Retrieved December 9, 2012.
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