In the on-going effort to engage residents, the District of Lake Country sent a community survey to 1,500 randomly selected residents in May 2015. In total, 593 surveys were completed and mailed back giving a response rate of 40% and ensuring a statistically valid sample. All respondents have been guaranteed anonymity, with the consultant (Discovery Research Ltd.) collecting and analysing all responses.

Ninety-seven percent (97%) of respondents were either very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with their quality of life in Lake Country, and sixty-five percent (65%) were either very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the municipal services they receive for the taxes they pay.

"It's fantastic to hear this positive feedback regarding quality of life and value for taxation in Lake Country, and get feedback on municipal services. We are dedicated to continuing to strive for excellence, improve the quality of life for residents and getting the greatest value out of every tax dollar spent," noted Jamie McEwan, Community Development Manager. "The responses from this community survey identify a number of positives, and provide us direction for some of Council's strategic priorities. That being said, the responses also identify opportunities for improvement."

Areas for improvement include: roadways and transportation, which Council and staff are continuing to address through the recently adopted Transportation for Tomorrow 20-year plan; and development of the Town Centre which is seeing more interest from investors in recent months.

On the heels of the CN Rail Corridor Referendum that was completed in April 2015, residents identified parks, trails and recreation as key areas to increase funding in coming years.

To show appreciation to respondents, they were entered into a prize draw for one of three prizes:

$300 gift certificate for SECA Marine.
$100 gift certificate to Route's Grill.
$100 gift certificate to L'Isola Bella Italian Restaurant.
"We thank all residents for the high level of engagement and for providing feedback to the District," said Mayor James Baker, receiving news of the survey responses. "The results of the survey will help inform future discussions pertaining to Council's strategic priorities and assist Council in making decisions to improve service delivery, planning, and policy at Municipal Hall."

Results from the community survey were presented to Council on July 21, 2015 at the Regular Council meeting.


For more information contact:

Jamie McEwan, Community Development Manager,
District of Lake Country
Tel 250-766-5650 or