2005年 03月 03日
今日のGlobe and Mailに折り込み特集で"Report on British Columbia"というのがありました。この特集全体のトーンとしては、天然資源に依存しすぎてる同州の将来を憂う内容でしたがもちろん良い記事もありました。
STATS & FACTS
Wednesday, March 2, 2005 - Page E2
A PLACE TO LIVE: B.C.'s population is just over 4.2-million, making it the third most populous province. Some 68 per cent of its inhabitants live in the lower mainland or southern Vancouver Island.
ECONOMIC GROWTH: The province's gross domestic product growth in 2003 was 5.2 per cent, virtually the same as Canada's. B.C.'s GDP has doubled in size since 1988. The province is forecast to have the nation's highest growth in 2005.
TOURISM: International overnight stays in B.C. numbered over 4.9-million in 2004, a 4.4-per-cent increase over 2003. Some 3.5-million of the visits came from the U.S., with Japanese, British and Australian tourists following behind.
BIULDING FRENZY: B. C. is leading the country in building permits. The value of permits in the province shot up to $7.9-billion in 2004 from $6.39-billion the year before - a 24-per-cent increase.
WHERE WA SCROOGE? British Columbians' spending power is growing compared with other Canadians. Retail sales in B.C. were up 8.6 per cent in December over the same month in 2003, ending a record year for the province of $47.1-billion.
IF YOU WANT TO LIVE LONGER move to Richmond, which at an average of 83.4 years enjoys the highest life expectancy in Canada. Provincially, British Columbians live the longest (80.4 years), compared with a national average of 79.5 years.
PRIVATE PAYCHEQUES: About one in 12 people in the province now work in the public sector - or 18 per cent of the total work force. Only Ontario and Alberta have less people working for governments and public agencies.
TEACHER'S PETS: British Columbia's high school graduation rate jumped from 71.4 per cent to 77.1 per cent between 1998 and 2003, the largest increase of any province. It was one of only three provinces whose dropout rate actually fell.
THE NEW CANADA: At 26.1 per cent, British Columbia has the second-highest number of residents born outside Canada (2001 Census). Ontario's figure is 26.8 per cent. Around 35,000 new immigrants arrive in B.C. each year.
THE BUTT-OUT PROVINCE: Only 16.6 per cent of B.C.'s population are smokers, according to the 2001 census - by far the lowest proportion in the country. The national average is 21.5 per cent.
ZOOM ZOOM? Just over 2.4 million motor vehicles were registered in the province in 2003. That's one vehicle for every 1.73 people - one of the lowest rates in the country and well below the national average of one vehicle per 1.3.
ON THE TOKE: In 2003, British Columbia recorded 573 drug crimes per 100,000 people - more than double the national average of 271 and well above its closest rival, New Brunswick, with 305.
TRADERS: The top five trading partners of British Columbia are, in order: the United States ($30.5-billion in total trade, 2003), Japan ($10.1-billion), China ($5.7-billion), South Korea ($2.9-billion) and Taiwan ($1.3-billion).
HOT PROPERTY: Vancouver is the most expensive housing market in the country. The average house price in the city last year, according to Royal LePage, was $387,500, easily beating its closest rival, Toronto ($315,000).
B.C. BABEL: The top 10 languages spoken in the province are, in order: English, Chinese, Punjabi, German, French, Tagalog, Spanish, Italian, Korean and Dutch.
HOLLYWOOD NORTHWEST: Film and television production was worth nearly $1.4-billion in 2003, including 69 foreign productions totalling $1.2-billion. It is estimated that 2004's figures will show a downturn of close to 25 per cent.
CHOP, CHOP: B.C.'s biggest industry remains wood and paper, which was worth $15.5-billion in 2003 - nearly 42 per cent of all manufacturing dollars. Forestry employs about 30,000 people.
MORE PEOPLE WORKING: B.C. has the country's fourth-lowest unemployment rate, at 6.5 per cent, after Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. For the first time since 1998, the jobless rate is lower than the national average of 7 per cent.
GOVERNMENT'S CREDIT CARD: B.C.'s total debt at the end of 2004/05 is forecast to be $36.1-billion - more than Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba's combined. This year's pay down of $1.7-billion will be the largest in the province's history.
THE GAMES NEED YOU: An estimated 25,000 volunteers will be needed to help run the 2010 Winter Olympics. As for real employment, the B.C. government predicts the Games' total impact at 67,000 direct and indirect jobs.
SHIPPING NEWS: Vancouver is the country's busiest port, handling on average more that twice as much cargo as its closest competitor, Saint John. Vancouver shipped 66.7 million tonnes of goods in 2003, up 6.2 per cent from 2002.