Located in the southeast corner of British Columbia, the Basin Boundary region includes the Regional Districts of East Kootenay, Central Kootenay, Kootenay Boundary (The Kootenay Development Region), in addition to Revelstoke, Golden, Valemount and Columbia Shuswap Regional District Areas A and B.
With a population of 161,741 and an approximate land area of 83,171 sq. km, the region accounts for 3.7% of the population and 9% of the size of British Columbia. The economy is primarily resource-based with forestry and mining as key economic drivers. The region’s hydro-electric power generation accounts for approximately 44% of electricity generated in the province and the region is home to British Columbia’s largest coal fields. The Basin Boundary region is also amenity-rich, supporting a vibrant tourism industry.
Over the last 5 years (2006-2011), the region’s population has rebounded from the previous 5-year decline. The labour market in the Kootenay Development Region is currently strong with the second highest job growth reported for 2011 in the province (3.9%) and third highest workforce educational attainment level in the province (63.3% with a post-secondary certificate / degree or higher).