Downtown Parksville along the Island Highway on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Downtown Parksville along the Island Highway on Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Parksville ranks No. 5 on list of B.C.’s most resilient cities for 2021

City also finished in the top five in 2020

City of Parksville officials say they are “in great company” and pleased to again be in the top five on BCBusiness magazine’s 2022 list of B.C.’s most resilient cities.

Parksville was listed fifth on the list, behind only Langford, New Westminster, Comox and Kelowna.

The annual ranking of 50 B.C. communities examines 10 indicators such as social, economic resilience, population growth, resident sense of belonging and environmental aspects. For 2019, Parksville was in the 15 position and for 2020 placed second.

Once again, Vancouver Island is the province’s top-performing region based on strong population growth, stable household finances, booming development industry, low residential GHG emissions and solid job and unemployment numbers.

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“The Parksville and District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to see Parksville in the top five of Resilient Cities in B.C.,” said Kim Burden, executive director for the Parksville chamber. “We do need to pay attention to the reasons why we aren’t number one, and increase the availability of rental accommodation and further diversify our economy. The chamber, through our economic development function Oceanside Initiatives, continues to work at attracting new businesses and assisting local businesses to grow.”

“This recognition confirms council’s decision to focus on the five priority objectives established at the Mayor’s Roundtable in 2019,” said Mayor Ed Mayne. “Many factors contribute to Parksville’s successful ranking such as increased rental inventory for all ages and abilities; low municipal debt; substantial accumulated surplus; environmental initiatives; expedited building permit approvals; infrastructure renewal; and a strong desire to make the changes necessary to grow our economy. We continue to welcome new families and retirees to our community and provide such services and amenities as the new daycare and family facility in the Parksville Community Centre, continued planning for the proposed aquatic and recreation centre and more affordable housing. All of which will contribute to a strong and diverse Parksville community.”

– NEWS Staff, submitted

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