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In 2018, The Forge conducted surveys among residents of Fort St. John and area asking for perspectives on the quality of life. Topics included the economy, access to education, availability and satisfaction with a variety of services, community engagement, the environment and community developments.

The research and survey results will be used by community members in focus group discussions conducted in 2019 to identify issues and opportunities regarding the future of a variety of social and economic sectors.


As of 2016, Fort St. John's median age is 31.5 years. Canada's population is getting older. The Canadian population median age increased from 31.5 years to 41.2 years in the last 30 years. Fort St. John has defied provincial and national trends. Why has Fort St. John bucked provincial and national trends in population aging? And what does having a young population mean for the community?
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In 1981, 36% of households in Fort St. John had four or more persons, making it the largest category of households at the time. In 2016, one and two-person households had grown to account for 59% of households in Fort St. John. What does the growth in smaller households mean for Fort St. John?
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Between 1986 and 2016, women's participation in Fort St. John’s labour force increased from 61% to 71%. What are the implications of increasing labour force participation by women for the community?
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Between 2006 and 2016, the share of the Fort St. John population with high school completion (as highest level of education) increased from 28% to 33%, while the share with a university certificate or degree increased from 12% to 17%. Fort St. John also has one of the highest proportions of the population with apprenticeship training or a trades certificate or diploma in the province; about 15% of the total population. There is a close connection between education and skills training levels, and what is needed for both community development and economic development.
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