LOCAL GOVERNMENT DEPARTMENT HISTORY

Historical Trends

Historical Trends

All local government systems are influenced by geographic, economic, and demographic trends. This is particularly the case in British Columbia (B.C.), where the province's entire population lives in less than one percent of its physical land mass.

Mountainous terrain, a resource-based economy and high in-migration rates have all weighed heavily in how the system has evolved.

You can read about some of the broad trends that have played such an important role in the development of B.C.'s local governments.

  • Suburban Growth (PDF, 128 KB) provides statistics about the expansion of suburban communities in B.C. after World War II.