Village administration reports that Pouce Coupe has been given a more accurate population number by BC Stats.
“We have been favorably allocated a significant increase in our population,” says CAO Chris Leggett, noting previous numbers were incorrect. “BC Stats were reporting that we were declining, which we all know wasn’t the case. According to their numbers over the past few years, we should have had a catastrophic vacancy problem in town.”
In 2017, he says, they were put at 690 by BC Stats. (In contrast, the 2016 census showed 792 people).
Administration worked with BC Stats to get a more accurate number.
In the 2018 Sub-Provincial Population Estimate, released by BC Stats January 23 this year — carrying such a number — Pouce Coupe was pegged at 835 people in 2018.
The number is important in regards to the Peace River Agreement, which doles out money to BC Peace municipalities, and the percentage of which municipalities receive is in part calculated by population.
Leggett estimates the difference to the tune of $150,000 per year.
“We unfortunately can’t go back and recover lost income from previous years due to the inaccurate numbers, but the Village is now getting a more fairly allocated share based on a realistic population number this year and presumably for future years as a result of this work.”