Kelowna growing fast

Kelowna has been growing by leaps and bounds.

It's one of the fastest growing places in the country over the past five years, shows new figures released by Statistics Canada.

Census information shows Kelowna has grown by 8.4 per cent from 2011 to 2016 – that's the sixth highest percentage growth rate out of the 35 metropolitan areas recorded. Still, it's down from the 10.8 per cent rate recorded from 2006-2011. 

It's creating growing pains.

Overall, western provinces in general experienced higher than average growth.

"The four western provinces were the only provinces to record population growth rates higher than the national average," said Statistics Canada.

"As a result of this growth, almost one-third (31.6%) of Canadians lived in the West in 2016, the largest share on record. British Columbia accounted for the largest proportion (13.2%), followed by Alberta (11.6%), Manitoba (3.6%) and Saskatchewan (3.1%)."

Calgary had the largest growth rate from 2011-2016 at 12.6 per cent, followed by Edmonton, Regina, Saskatoon and Lethbridge. 

Vancouver was 11th at 6.5 per cent.

Internationally, Canada is tops in the G7 countries.

"Canada led the G7 in population growth from 2011 to 2016, rising on average one per cent per year, a ranking also recorded over the two previous intercensal periods (2001 to 2006 and 2006 to 2011)."


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