Recently I’ve been wading through regional and municipal growth predictions proposed over the past ten years. One of the things that hasn’t been factored in any of the scenarios I’ve read is the trend towards an aging population that will require an increased younger serving group to move in, (assuming static or improving levels of service).
George Penfold, the regional innovation chair in rural economic development at Selkirk College in Castlegar, said the West Kootenay could see a shortage of 13,000 workers within five years.
Penfold also told the Regional District of Central Kootenay the choking impacts of the baby boom are already being felt in the region and it is getting worse.
With local unemployment at record lows, many businesses are already finding it hard to keep up with demand for their services.
The region as a whole needs to do some wholesale promotion of the region as a cheap viable place to live and raise a family.