Riding to Watch: Victoria, BC

Riding to Watch: Victoria, BC


WATCH ABOVE: Ed Watson visits the campaign in Victoria

Incumbent NDP MP Murray Rankin has retired and the Greens, with candidate Racelle Kooy, believe they can win the seat.

The NDP won’t give up without a fight and have recruited former city councillor Laurel Collins. The Liberals, who held this seat for years in the 1990s with David Anderson, are running Nikki Macdonald, the daughter of former cabinet minister Donald Macdonald. Richard Caron is the Conservative candidate.

IN 2015:

Murray Rankin (NDP) won with 42.3% support — and a 9.4% margin of victory (6,731 votes) over Green runner-up Jo-Ann Roberts.

Victoria was the 123rd closest race out of all 338 ridings.

Voter turnout was 76.2%.


THE RIDING IN NUMBERS (CENSUS 2016):

SIZE: 40.3 km2

POPULATION: 117,133 people in 2016: a change of 5.6% from 2011. The average age is 45.1, with 10.3% age 14 and under and 22.7% 65 and older.

CITIZENSHIP: 91.6% are Canadian citizens. 20.4% are immigrants. 3.9% indicated Aboriginal identity. 15.1% are visible minorities. 24.8% are 1st generation Canadians. 24.3% are 2nd generation. 50.9% are 3rd generation and older.

HOUSING: The average home value in 2016 was $713,187. Renters paid an average of $1072 per month, with 12.5% in subsidized housing. 24.1% of dwellings are single-detached houses; 24.4% are condos. 3.4% of all homes were built between 2011 and 2016.

INCOME: Median total income in 2015 was $35,738. 17.7% of people were classified as low-income (after tax) — 19.7% of children and 14.1% of seniors.

IDENTITY: Top reported ethnic origins are English: 44100 / Scottish: 32285 / Irish: 25555 / Canadian: 23450 / German: 16285

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

LANGUAGE: Spanish, Mandarin, German, Cantonese, and Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) are the most common non-official languages. Official Mother Tongues: 82.67% English / 1.74% French

EDUCATION: 9.5% have no degree, diploma, or certificate. 39.2% have a university bachelor’s degree or above.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson