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Ladysmith Community Profile

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Ladysmith Community Profile

Ladysmith has a population of 8,328 according to the 2011 BC Stats. This shows an increase of 24.3% in the past 10 years, making Ladysmith one of the fastest growing communities in the province. In 2011 the median age was 48.3 years, and according to the 2006 Census, the median income of Ladysmith residents was $25,498, slightly more than the provincial average. The average assessed value of a single family home as reported by BC Assessment in 2012 was $296,607, while the average selling price is $314,276 (MLS, 2011). When compared to the price of homes in Duncan or Cowichan (at $347,027 and $414,724) Ladysmith proves itself as an affordable community for families and other home purchasers.DSCF0068

Ladysmith’s economy has always depended heavily on natural resources. More recently, the service industry has expanded, and marine-related manufacturing, green business, and tourism have become key economic pillars. In addition, Ladysmith is ideally located within easy commuting range for Nanaimo and Duncan , two major employment centers. Ladysmith is renowned for its wide-spread commitment to sustainability and ‘green’ development. Residents place a very high value on preserving Ladysmith’s heritage which evokes a tremendous sense of pride and town sprit. This is evident with the volunteer opportunities which make our community events so successful. Growing population, affordable housing, employment and education opportunities, and excellent climate makes Ladysmith one of the most desirable places to live on Vancouver Island. For more info


Ladysmith is an attractive residential community that offers plenty of outdoor recreation

Ladysmith is an attractive residential community that offers plenty of outdoor recreation

Leader, Innovator, Frontrunner

The Town of Ladysmith is a community that leads through continuous improvement and innovation. The municipality has received numerous provincial and national awards. Here’s just a few:

• Named one of “Canada’s Greenest Employers”, 2012

• BC Small Business Roundtable award for Most Small Business Friendly Community in Vancouver Island/Coast Region, 2011

• Canadian Institute of Planners Award for Planning Excellence for the Ladysmith Sustainable Community Visioning Project, 2009

• Provincial Green City Awards Finalist, 2007

• Guinness Book of World Records for the largest street hockey tournament, 2007

• VIHA “Get Active” Step Challenge Award, 2007

• Union of BC Municipalities Community Excellence Award for the organic waste collection program, 2006

• Recycling Council of BC Public Sector Recognition Award for outstanding commitment and action towards demonstrating excellence and leadership in environmental stewardship, 2006

• Ladysmith won first place in the 5,000-10,000 population category “Communities in Bloom” contest in 2003.



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