Following a substantial community effort and many years, Whistler has an updated Official Community Plan and Vision (OCP) that sets the course for the community into the future. Whistler Council adopted the OCP at its meeting June 23, 2020. The new vision and OCP builds on Whistler 2020, Whistler’s previous guiding policy document. Work is underway to align existing community performance indicators with the new vision and OCP. Updated 2019 data will be available in summer 2020.
In 2017/18, Whistler experienced a statistically significant increase in the total number of unlawful incidents yet the rate of reported incidents per capita decreased to 36. Violent offences increase by 30% from 155 to 200 and property offences stayed at about the same level. Whistler does not have a defined performance target for this indicator though Whistler’s reported 2016/17 result is the lowest in recent years and compares favourably with relevant benchmark rates (incidents per capita): West Vancouver (50), Pemberton (64), North Vancouver City (70), and Squamish (78). For this reason, the performance icon is shown with a green outer ring.
Why monitor this
Safety and security are important aspects of community life and a positive resort experience. Information on crime rates and total numbers of crime incidents provides a better understanding about actual and perceived safety of residents and visitors.
What this measures
Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) surveys report the incidence and type of reported crime within Whistler. To account for the large influx of visitors to the community, Whistler's population equivalent number is used as the community's population for the number of crime incidents per 1,000 people.