Facts at a Glance

City of West Kelowna Statistics



Population and Demographics



  • Population: 34,930 (BC Vital Statistics, 2015)
  • Annual growth rate: 2.7% (BC Vital Statistics, 2015)
  • Average age: 43.5 (Statistics Canada)
  • Population, 16 years and older: 83% (Statistics Canada)
  • Area: 123.5 square kilometres (Statistics Canada)
  • Density: 283 people per km2 or 2.83 people per ha2
  • Total number of households: 13,050 (City of West Kelowna, 2015)
  • Number of business licenses: 1,644 (City of West Kelowna, 2015)
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Governance

  • Date of incorporation: December 6, 2007
  • Government: Municipal
  • Classification: City
  • Representation: Mayor and six members of Council
    • Mayor: Doug Findlater
    • Councillors: Rick de Jong, Rusty Ensign, Duane Ophus, Rosalind Neis, Bryden Winsby and Carol Zanon

Operations



  • Annual operating budget (expenses): $53.1 million (2015 Audited Financial Statements)
  • Staff: 166 (full time equivalent, 2016)
  • Divisions: Administrative and Protective Services, Development Services, Engineering and Public Works, Finance and Corporate Services
  • 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 workplace health and safety
    • Information Services, including 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
    • Westside Residential Waste Disposal and Recycling Centre
    • Westside Waste Water Treatment Centre
    • Transit (including HandyDART)
    • Transportation Management
  • Facilities: 16
    • 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
    • Water treatment plants: 1
  • Parks and trails: 129
  • 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