About the Riding

 

The North Okanagan-Shuswap, previously Okanagan-Shuswap was renamed for the 2015 Federal election.

This electoral district, or constituency, includes the municipalities of Armstrong, Chase, Cherryville, Coldstream, Enderby, Falkland, Lumby, Malakwa, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Spallumcheen, Vernon and the five First Nation communities of Adams Lake, Little Shuswap Lake, Neskonlith, Okanagan and Splatsin.

The boundaries contain every municipality along the Highway 97 corridors from Coldstream to the Shuswap Lake and every municipality along Highway 1 from Chase to Malakwa. Vernon is the largest centre with a population of 40,000 based on 2013 census.

Demographics: English is the first language of 90.4 per cent of the residents, followed by German at 2.9 per cent and French at 1.5 per cent. In the 2011 census, the population was calculated at 121,475 people making it the largest riding by population in British Columbia.

The North Okanagan-Shuswap climate has a humid continental climate with warm summers which can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius and -10 degrees Celsius can be common for winters.

The area is covered by 92% forests, 4% lakes and rivers and 3% grasslands.

Key Economic and employment sources

Over the past few decades, agriculture, forestry, construction, tourism, viticulture and manufacturing have been important drivers of the North Okanagan Shuswap economy. This diverse base has provided a relatively stable economy. Increasing interest from Canadian and foreign investors have kept the real estate market strong over recent years.