Census data is a valuable tool for land use planning. Understanding the rate and extent of growth and urbanization helps local governments to manage their communities, including planning the location of new housing and infrastructure, as well as improving transportation links, public services and the environment. Census information is also vital to the preparation of Official Community Plans, which are required by the BC Local Government Act to include residential growth policies.
The 2011Census population for the Cowichan Valley Regional District is 80,332. Just over 50% of the population (44,634 people) live in the municipalities of Duncan, North Cowichan, Ladysmith and Lake Cowichan. The remainder live in CVRD Electoral Areas which also encompass several First Nations reserves.
To view more detailed population information for CVRD municipalities and electoral areas, click here.