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North Shore Community Profile published

waterfront North VancouverWith an 850 per cent increase in single family development permits for new houses in the City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and the City of West Vancouver, it seems like many people know what United Way’s comprehensive community profile reveals: the North Shore appears to be a good place to live with relatively high incomes and relatively low unemployment and crime rates. However, 23,225 individuals are classified as low income, and rental properties are scarce to non-existent.

A comprehensive report published today by United Way of the Lower Mainland, breaks down population, economic and social statistics in five communities on the North Shore: City of North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver, West Vancouver, Lions Bay and Bowen Island.

The United Way of the Lower Mainland North Shore Community Profile includes information on:

  • Population (demographics, growth trends, languages spoken)
  • Economic factors (income, unemployment rates, education, housing)
  • Social factors (homelessness, family structure, childhood vulnerability, causes of death)
  • Data on calls handled by bc211, the 24/7 multilingual social service help line that United Way funds


In 2015, United Way invested $1.2 million on the North Shore funding 36 organizations that deliver 44 programs and services to residents. Programs and services supported by United Way include early childhood development, after-school programs, senior support, refugee support, and food security.

Read the report here.