Fast Facts

The Comox Valley Regional District

The ‘Comox Valley’ is not a single ‘place,’ but rather an amalgamation of several communities in an area that covers approximately 1,725-square kilometres (666-square miles). Officially, this area is called the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and it includes:

  • City of Courtenay
  • Town of Comox
  • Village of Cumberland
  • Canadian Forces Base Comox
  • Denman and Hornby Islands
  • Mount Washington
  • A number of charming rural and coastal communities.

Population and Demographics*

  • Median Age: Males 44.1, females 44.6
  • Age 15+: Single (never married) 28%, married 51%, separated/divorced/widowed 21%
  • People per household: Two 57%, three 19%, four 17%, five or more 7%
  • Children at home: None 57%, one child 17%, two children 18%, three or more children 8%
  • Labour force age 15+: Employed 57%, unemployed 4%, not in labour force 39%
  • Self employed: 15.8%
  • Average income in 2005 (age 15+): $31,906

Population:

Courtenay 22,000
Comox 12,000
Cumberland 3,000
Other Areas 28,000
Total Comox Valley 65,000

Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census. (Rounded to the nearest 1,000.)

* Population numbers for Courtenay, Comox and Cumberland are from the 2006 Civic Census. Statistics for ‘Other Areas’ and ‘Total Comox Valley,’ however, have been estimated after careful analysis of census data from the entire Comox –Strathcona Regional District (CSRD). In 2008, the CSRD was divided into two areas: the Comox Valley Regional District (CVRD) and the Strathcona Regional District (SRD). Demographic information is based on the former geographic boundaries of the CSRD and, like the population numbers, is believed to be a fair representative of the Comox Valley. Statistics specifically for the CVRD will be available when the 2011 Civic Census data is released.

Climate

Environment Canada’s Nation Climate Data and Information Archives ranked 98 Canadian cities according to a number of weather-related factors. We don’t want to brag … but the city of Courtenay, at the heart of the Comox Valley, made the ‘Top Ten’ for a number of highly desirable weather conditions. In the category of ‘coldest winter,’ however, we almost didn’t make the list! Courtenay placed 98th out of 98! Here is how we stacked up in some of the most desirable weather categories:

  • Fewest freezing days (4th)
  • Fewest snow days (4th)
  • Most clear skies in summer (6th)
  • Warmest year ‘round (6th)
  • Mildest winter (7th)
  • Warmest spring (8th)

Industries

Industries by labour force percent

Retail trade 13.51
Healthcare and social assistance 10.25
Agriculture, forestry, fishing, hunting 9.11
Accommodation and food services 9.41
Construction 8.22
Educational services 6.86
Public Administration 6.78
Manufacturing 6.61
Other (exclude public administration) 4.52
Professional, scientific and technical services 4.44
Administration and support, waste management and remediation 4.21
Transportation and warehousing 4.00
Finance and insurance 2.34
Arts and entertainment 2.11
Real estate, rentals and leasing 2.09
Wholesale trade 1.94
Mining and oil and gas 1.51
Miscellaneous 2.09
TOTAL 100

Source: Statistics Canada 2006 Census

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