KAMLOOPS IS GROWING. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out.
Statistics Canada numbers released this week show by how much. The city grew by 8.4 per cent in the five years up to 2021, bringing the population to 97,902, the 12th largest city in B.C.
But the trading zone — including rural areas and communities like Savona and Chase —is included, it jumps into the top five with a growth rate of more than 10 per cent and a population of 114,142. It’s now a “metropolitan area,” according to the census.
Is this a good thing, or a bad thing? Is it what we expected? It’s certainly taken a lot longer than planners of the past expected, and that’s not a bad thing.
Anyone who’s been here for more than a couple of years can visualize what it was like when they arrived as compared to what it is now. My own point of comparison is Sahali.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.