2011 Census - Mayne's population decreases

Canada's 2011 Census information was released Wednesday, including the data for Mayne Island. While the general population growth for British Columbia as a whole was 7% between the 2006 and 2011 Censuses, Mayne Island's population fell by 3.7% during that period.

Mayne Island's population in 2006 was 1,112 and in 2011 it had fallen to 1,071. The total number of private dwellings on the island was 1,246 and the number of occupied dwellings was 569. The population density of the island was 47.9 persons per square kilometre.

The Census data shows that population declined on all the Southern Gulf Islands with the exception of Salt Spring Island and with the Penders staying almost the same. Galiano Island decreased to 1,138 from 1,258, a decrease of 9.5%. Saturna's number decreased to 335 from 359, a decrease of 6.7%. The Penders (adding South and North together) increased to 2236 from 2232. Salt Spring's population grew from 9,640 to 10,234, an increase of 6.2%.

You can find more information on Statistic Canada's exceedingly difficult to search web site -- if you are blessed with an abundance of patience. At least we can rest assured that Stats Can isn't spending excessive tax dollars on web designers who might actually craft a usable user interface.

Update Thursday February 9th: A MayneNews subscriber wrote to me this morning about Mayne Island in 1943. "When I arrived on Mayne there were l50 people, no hydro, no B.C. Ferries just the C.P.R every Saturday, mail only arrived on Saturdays and it was a big event, every one sat outside the old store (where Wayne's is now) and waited for the mail to be sorted before going home after the boat had come in." Must have been quite the weekly party!


  1. Really good info presented so quickly. Good job, thank you. Maureen

  2. Since the census done in 2011 was voluntary, can it be considered as accurate as in previous years? I was just wondering how reliable this one is.
    I do want to thank you for posting it.

  3. Don't quote me on this, but I believe that it was just the extended census forms that go to 1 in 5 people, that were voluntary. I believe that the basic census that goes to everyone has to be answered. So the data covering population, where people live and if that is their residence, should be as accurate as they ever were.

    That said, I'm sure there would be a small percentage of mistakes, so maybe at census time Mayne's population might have been 1065 or 1075 instead of 1071.