List of district municipalities in British Columbia

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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 the outcome of a vote involving affected residents was that greater than 50% voted in favour of the proposed incorporation.[1]

British Columbia has 51 district municipalities[2] that had a cumulative population of 838,201 and an average population of 16,435 in the 2011 Census.[3] British Columbia's largest and smallest district municipalities are Saanich and Wells with populations of 109,752 and 245 respectively.[3]

Of British Columbia's current 51 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 West Kelowna on December 6, 2007.[2]

List[edit]

District
municipality
Corporate
name[2]
Incorporation
date[2]
Population
(2011)[3]
Population
(2006)[3]
Change
(%)[3]
Area
(km²)[3]
Population
density[3]
Regional
district
[2]
100 Mile House 100 Mile House, District of July 27, 1965 1,886 1,885 0.1 53.29 35.4 Cariboo Regional District
Barriere Barriere, District of December 4, 2007 1,773 1,432 23.8 10.77 164.7 Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Central Saanich Central Saanich, The Corporation of the District of December 12, 1950 15,936 15,745 1.2 41.33 385.6 Capital Regional District
Chetwynd Chetwynd, District of September 25, 1962 2,635 2,633 0.1 63.04 41.8 Peace River Regional District
Clearwater Clearwater, District of December 3, 2007 2,331 2,225 4.8 55.68 41.9 Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Coldstream Coldstream, The Corporation of the District of December 21, 1906 10,314 9,471 8.9 66.28 155.6 Regional District of North Okanagan
Delta Delta, The Corporation of November 10, 1879 99,863 96,635 3.3 180.11 554.4 Greater Vancouver Regional District
Elkford Elkford, District of July 16, 1971 2,523 2,463 2.4 108.42 23.3 Regional District of East Kootenay
Esquimalt Esquimalt, Corporation of the Township of September 1, 1912 16,209 16,840 −3.7 7.08 2,290.1 Capital Regional District
Fort St. James Fort St. James, District of December 19, 1952 1,691 1,350 25.3 23.47 72 Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Highlands Highlands, District of December 7, 1993 2,120 1,903 11.4 38.05 55.7 Capital Regional District
Hope Hope, District of April 6, 1929 5,969 6,185 −3.5 41.14 145.1 Fraser Valley Regional District
Houston Houston, District of March 4, 1957 3,147 3,163 −0.5 72.94 43.1 Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Hudson's Hope Hudson's Hope, District of November 16, 1965 970 1,012 −4.2 827.36 1.2 Peace River Regional District
Invermere Invermere, District of May 22, 1951 2,955 3,002 −1.6 10.73 275.3 Regional District of East Kootenay
Kent Kent, The Corporation of the District of January 1, 1895 5,664 4,738 19.5 168.39 33.6 Fraser Valley Regional District
Kitimat Kitimat, District of March 31, 1953 8,335 8,987 −7.3 240.01 34.7 Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine
Lake Country Lake Country, District of May 2, 1995 11,708 9,606 21.9 122.19 95.8 Regional District of Central Okanagan
Langley Langley, The Corporation of the Township of April 26, 1873 104,177 93,726 11.2 308.03 338.2 Greater Vancouver Regional District
Lantzville Lantzville, District of June 25, 2003 3,601 3,661 −1.6 27.66 130.2 Regional District of Nanaimo
Lillooet Lillooet, District of December 31, 1946 2,321[4] 2,324 −0.1 27.51 84.4 Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
Logan Lake Logan Lake, District of November 10, 1970 2,073 2,162 −4.1 325.33 6.4 Thompson-Nicola Regional District
Mackenzie Mackenzie, District of May 19, 1966 3,507 4,539 −22.7 155.41 22.6 Regional District of Fraser-Fort George
Maple Ridge Maple Ridge, The Corporation of the District of September 12, 1874 76,052 68,949 10.3 266.78 285.1 Greater Vancouver Regional District
Metchosin Metchosin, District of December 3, 1984 4,803 4,795 0.2 71.09 67.6 Capital Regional District
Mission Mission, District of June 2, 1892 36,426 34,505 5.6 225.7 161.4 Fraser Valley Regional District
New Hazelton New Hazelton, District of December 15, 1980 666 627 6.2 24.36 27.3 Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine
North Cowichan North Cowichan, The Corporation of the District of June 18, 1873 28,807 27,557 4.5 195.54 147.3 Cowichan Valley Regional District
North Saanich North Saanich, District of August 19, 1965 11,089 10,823 2.5 37.25 297.7 Capital Regional District
North Vancouver North Vancouver, The Corporation of the District of May 13, 1907 84,412 82,562 2.2 160.76 525.1 Greater Vancouver Regional District
Oak Bay Oak Bay, The Corporation of the District of July 2, 1906 18,015 17,908 0.6 10.53 1,710.3 Capital Regional District
Peachland Peachland, The Corporation of the District of January 1, 1909 5,200 4,883 6.5 15.75 330.2 Regional District of Central Okanagan
Port Edward Port Edward, District of June 29, 1966 544 577 −5.7 168.01 3.2 Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District
Port Hardy Port Hardy, District of May 5, 1966 4,008 3,822 4.9 38.73 103.5 Regional District of Mount Waddington
Saanich Saanich, The Corporation of the District of March 1, 1906 109,752 108,265 1.4 103.78 1,057.6 Capital Regional District
Sechelt Sechelt, District of February 15, 1956 9,291 8,454 9.9 39.01 238.2 Sunshine Coast Regional District
Sicamous Sicamous, District of December 4, 1989 2,441 2,676 −8.8 12.71 192 Columbia Shuswap Regional District
Sooke Sooke, District of December 7, 1999 11,435 9,699 17.9 56.72 201.6 Capital Regional District
Spallumcheen Spallumcheen, The Corporation of the Township of July 21, 1892 5,055 4,960 1.9 255.77 19.8 Regional District of North Okanagan
Sparwood Sparwood, District of October 6, 1964 3,667 3,618 1.4 191.01 19.2 Regional District of East Kootenay
Squamish Squamish, District of May 18, 1948 17,158 14,949 14.8 104.88 163.6 Squamish-Lillooet Regional District
Stewart Stewart, District of May 16, 1930 494 496 −0.4 552.08 0.9 Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine
Summerland Summerland, The Corporation of the District of December 21, 1906 11,280 10,828 4.2 74.06 152.3 Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen
Taylor Taylor, District of August 23, 1958 1,373 1,384 −0.8 17.09 80.4 Peace River Regional District
Tofino Tofino, District of February 5, 1932 1,876 1,655 13.4 10.53 178.2 Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot
Tumbler Ridge[a] Tumbler Ridge, District of April 9, 1981 2,710 2,454 10.4 1,558.97 1.7 Peace River Regional District
Ucluelet Ucluelet, District of February 26, 1952 1,627 1,487 9.4 6.81 238.9 Regional District of Alberni-Clayoquot
Vanderhoof Vanderhoof, District of January 22, 1926 4,480 4,064 10.2 54.83 81.7 Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Wells[b] Wells, District of June 29, 1998 245 236 3.8 158.28 1.5 Cariboo Regional District
West Kelowna West Kelowna, District of December 6, 2007 30,892 27,214 13.5 123.51 250.1 Regional District of Central Okanagan
West Vancouver West Vancouver, The Corporation of the District of March 15, 1912 42,694 42,131 1.3 87.26 489.3 Greater Vancouver Regional District
Total district
municipalities
847,779 806,277 5.1 7,678.14 110.4

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.[5]
  2. ^ Wells was originally founded as a company town for the Cariboo Gold Quartz Mine.[6]

Former district municipalities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Local Government Act: Part 2 — Incorporation of Municipalities". Government of British Columbia Queen's Printer. November 12, 2012. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e "British Columbia Regional Districts, Municipalities, Corporate Name, Date of Incorporation and Postal Address" (XLS). British Columbia Ministry of Communities, Sport and Cultural Development. Retrieved December 8, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "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. ^ "Corrections and updates: Population and dwelling count amendments, 2011 Census". Statistics Canada. February 14, 2013. Retrieved February 15, 2013. 
  5. ^ "History, in a nutshell". District of Tumbler Ridge. Retrieved July 5, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Wells". District of Wells. Retrieved July 5, 2013.