Can the Okanagan Achieve Social Sustainability?
The Okanagan has one of the oldest populations in North America, raising questions about its future as a socially and economically sustainable community. How will the region retain its youth and attract ongoing investment and newcomers? What social, cultural, and economic mixes are desirable? As well as being home to long-standing residents, the Okanagan attracts seasonal waves of migrant workers, tourists, and retiring snowbirds. Does the current demographic mix position the region for long-term well-being? How does the population affect the experience of belonging?