Former Chamber President Has Concerns Over Growth Rate

We got our first look at the 2016 Census numbers last week, and they showed minimal growth in Salmon Arm.

The City saw a bump of only 242 people over five years - a mere 1.4% increase.

Former Salmon Arm Chamber of Commerce President Jim Kimmerly says those numbers are concerning, and notes that the City should be doing more to attract young families and better paying jobs "That's the one thing that we haven't done very well here is attracting younger families. That boils down to having good employment opportunities for them, with employers that have come in and pay better than average wages."

He says that you don't have to look very far to see that Salmon Arm's growth is stagnant "You can see what's happened in the Downtown in the past year or so, with quite a few store closures. That relates directly to this population growth issue that we haven't been able to crack here."

Kimmerly says that the City and its Economic Development Society need to be doing more to bring people into Salmon Arm, and that they need to be held accountable when their work doesn't meet those goals.

For refence - Salmon Arm's growth between 2006 and 2011 came in at 9.1%, a total of 1,452 people.