Facts at a Glance

City of West Kelowna Statistics



Population and Demographics



  • Population: 32,655 (2016 Census, Statistics Canada)
  • Rank by population: 4th in the Okanagan, 27th in BC
  • Growth rate: 5.7% since 2011 (Statistics Canada)
  • Average age: 43.1 (Statistics Canada)
  • Population, 15 years and older: 84.2% (Statistics Canada)
  • Working age population: (15 to 64): 63.1% (Statistics Canada)
  • Area: 123.53 square kilometres (Statistics Canada)
  • Density: 264.4 people per km2 (Statistics Canada); 2.64 people per ha2
  • Total number of private dwellings: 12,437 (Statistics Canada)
  • Number of business licenses: 1,554 (City of West Kelowna, 2016)

Governance



  • Incorporated: December 6, 2007
  • Government: Municipal
  • Classification: City
  • Representation: Mayor and six councillors
    • Mayor: Doug Findlater
    • Councillors (alphabetically, by last name): Rick de Jong, Rusty Ensign, Rosalind Neis, Duane Ophus, Bryden Winsby and Carol Zanon

Operations



  • Expenses: $54.3 million (2016 Audited Financial Statements)
  • Revenue: $55.1 million (2016 Audited Financial Statements)
  • Staff: 164 (West Kelowna Human Resources, 2016)
  • Divisions: Chief Administrative Officer (CAO); Deputy CAO and Finance, Administrative and Protective Services; Development Services; and, Engineering and Public Works
  • Services:
    • Building, including inspections and permits
    • Bylaw Enforcement
    • Communications, including website and social media
    • Development Engineering, including subdivision approval
    • Economic Development, including Tourism
    • Engineering, including infrastructure and transportation planning
    • Facilities, including aquatic centre, arenas and community halls
    • Finance, including accounts payable and receivable, budgeting and payroll
    • Fire and Rescue, including emergency first response, fire prevention and suppression, inspections, permits and public education
    • Human Resources, including bargaining, recruiting and workplace health and safety
    • Information Services, including hardware, software, GIS/mapping
    • Land Agent
    • Legislative Services, including Council and committee agendas and minutes
    • Planning, including development applications and zoning
    • Parks, Fleet and Cemetery
    • Recreation and Culture, including facility booking and programming
    • Policing
    • Property Taxation
    • Roads, including plowing and sanding, pothole repair, streetlights and street sweeping
    • Utility Billing
    • Sanitary and Storm Sewers
    • Water
  • Regional partnership services:
    • Air Quality
    • Dog Control, including complaints and licensing
    • Waste Management, including curbside collection
    • Waste Reduction Office, including recycling and composting
    • Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre
    • Westside Waste Water Treatment Plant
    • Transit (including HandyDART)
    • Transportation Management
  • Facilities: 17
    • Aquatic and fitness centre: 1
    • Arenas: 2
    • Community centres: 3
    • Fire stations: 4
    • Municipal buildings: 3, including City Hall, Utilities Building and Operations Building
    • Museum: 1
    • Police stations: 1
    • Seniors Centre: 1
    • Water treatment plants: 1
  • Parks and trails: 139
  • Transportation network:
    • 261 kilometres of roads
    • 65 kilometres of sidewalks and paved pathways
    • 21 kilometres of multi-use trails
    • Six kilometres of signed, shared use bicycle paths
    • Two kilometres of dedicated bike lanes