Riding to Watch: Kelowna–Lake Country BC

Riding to Watch: Kelowna–Lake Country BC


WATCH ABOVE: CPAC’s Catherine Pope reports on the race in B.C.’s fastest-growing city

Conservative candidate Tracy Gray is fighting to dethrone Liberal incumbent Stephen Fuhr in Kelowna–Lake Country.

These candidates have deep experience in two of Kelowna’s major industries. Gray is a well-known local businesswoman who founded Discover Wines VQA Wine Stores, and Fuhr managed his family’s tech company after retiring from the Canadian Forces in 2009.

Travis Ashley, a landscaper/chef/student, is the Green candidate and Justin Kulik, an 18 year-old high school graduate, is the New Democrat.

 
IN 2015:

Stephen Fuhr (Liberal) won with 46.2% support — and a 6.4% margin of victory (3,129 votes) over Conservative runner-up Ron Cannan.

Kelowna–Lake Country was the 92nd closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 73.4%.


 
THE RIDING IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016):

SIZE: 1,567.0 km2

POPULATION: 119,388 people in 2016: a change of 8.5% from 2011. The average age is 42.2, with 15.2% age 14 and under and 18.3% 65 and older.

CITIZENSHIP: 95.4% are Canadian citizens. 13.7% are immigrants. 5.6% indicated Aboriginal identity. 8.9% are visible minorities. 15.5% are 1st generation Canadians. 20.5% are 2nd generation. 64.1% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $561,211. Renters paid an average of $1207 per month, with 9.9% in subsidized housing. 53.4% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 20.5% are condos. 7.0% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $35,675. 12% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 14.4% of children and 12.2% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are English: 36970 / Canadian: 29760 / German: 26955 / Scottish: 26740 / Irish: 20825

IMMIGRATION: United Kingdom, Germany, India, United States, Europe-Other are the top birth origins for immigrants. Philippines is the top origin for recent immigrants (2011 to 2016).

LANGUAGE: German, Spanish, Punjabi (Panjabi), Italian, and Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 85.67% English and 1.56% French.

EDUCATION: 14.5% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 18.7% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson