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Local Community Profile: North Delta

Introduction

Located west of Surrey and south of the Fraser River, North Delta is the largest community in the Corporation of Delta, by population. This mostly suburban area is home to 50,000 people, half the population of the Corporation of Delta. It is one of three communities in the Corporation of Delta, the other two being Ladner and Tsawwassen. North Delta is primarily a commuter town, and is home to North America's largest raised peat bog, the three thousand hectare (ten thousand acre) Burns Bog. Originally known as Annieville, much of North Delta is composed of parks, fields, and other green spaces. North Delta is home to eight individual communities. Delta first experienced European settlement in the 1800s, after the 1858 Gold Rush and the establishment of the Colony of British Columbia. Delta's primary economic activity in the initial years after its founding were fishing and agriculture. The completion of the Alex Fraser Bridge in 1986, coupled with these new routes of transportation, opened up Delta to the rest of the Lower Mainland and caused the population to grow exponentially.

Community Resources and Recreation

Delta is primarily composed of farmland and is fairly flat. Many residents enjoy hiking around the nearby Burns Bog, catching an air show, renting out a hockey rink for a quick scrimmage, or taking a kayak or skim board out to Boundary Bay. Delta is also home to a number of avid sports enthusiasts, and has minor sports teams for soccer, hockey, baseball, field hockey, and two types of lacrosse. As of 2005, the Delta Ringette Association consists of over 160 players on 13 teams. The area is also home to Canada's largest cycling competition, the Tour de Delta, and the Delta Triathlon, which hosts over 500 participants every year. Delta is different from other municipalities in the Lower Mainland in that it has its own dedicated police department.

Local Access and Public Transportation

North Delta sits adjacent the Simon Fraser Perimeter Road, which offers quick access to Highway 91 to the southeast. Highway 91 is the most efficient way to reach Richmond or Vancouver from Delta, as North Delta is bounded by the Fraser River to the north. The planned northeast expansion of the road would connect North Delta to King George Boulevard in the northwest portion of Surrey, offering easy access to New Westminster and Burnaby in the northwest or the Trans-Canada Highway to the east. North Delta currently has no major transit exchange stations. The closest SkyTrain stop is the King George station in Surrey, which is served by the Expo Line. The closest bus stop is in South Delta. For senior citizens, however, the government of British Columbia and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities have partnered to offer a shuttle service that runs on weekdays from 9:30 AM to 4 PM. This 16-seat community shuttle is a free transit service that operates out of the Kennedy Seniors Recreation Centre.

Education: Elementary and Secondary Schools

The Delta School District consists of 24 elementary schools and 7 secondary schools, as well as an adult continuing education facility, and serves 16,000 students. According to the Fraser Institute, the top rated public elementary school in the Delta area is Neilson Grove, which is located north of Ladner along Admiral Boulevard and has an 8 out of 10 ranking. In addition to traditional offerings, Neilson Grove offers a rich music program, including classroom lessons and special events. The highest rated public secondary school in the area is Delta Secondary School, with a Fraser Institute ranking of 6.7 out of 10. Spanning grades 8 to 12 and with a population of 1,200 students, Delta Secondary School has a variety of courses available in areas such as music, business, and technology and media arts. The school offers nearly twenty clubs for students to get involved in, and the school has a mandatory fitness policy that requires grade 11 and 12 students to complete a minimum 2.5 hours of physical exercise per week. The highest rated school overall is Southpointe Academy, a K-12 private school with a 10 out of 10 Fraser Institute ranking for elementary education and an 8.7 out of 10 ranking for secondary education. Southpointe Academy aims to educate students in a way that encourages them to become academically successful and artistically curious, while cultivating athletic skill and personal accountability.

Income Demographics and Local Tax Rates

According to the 2011 Census, the federal electoral district of Newton-North Delta has a population of 127,954, an increase of approximately 9,000 people (or 7.8 per cent) from 2006 numbers. The largest portion of those people, approximately 9,500, are between 45 and 49 years old. The area has a median age of 42, according to 2011 Statistics Canada numbers, and 80 per cent of the population is over the age of 15. The 2006 Census puts North Delta's average before-tax household income at just under $82,000, about $15,000 higher than the provincial average. 83 per cent of Delta residents are homeowners, compared to 70 per cent of the provincial population. North Delta's 2013 tax rates per $1,000 of assessed value are set at 3.1194 in general, with additional neighbourhood road and library improvement levies increasing the rate to 3.3584. Additional school and transit tax levies raise the total rate to 5.5421. This is slightly higher than Ladner's total 5.5043 tax rate, but on par with Annacis Island’s rate. Utility rates in North Delta are set out in Delta's utility rate bylaws. The residential water use rate for a primary un-metered dwelling is $378 per year if there is only one occupant, $278 per year for a registered secondary suite, or $478 for any other un-metered dwelling. Garbage collection costs $120 per year, and recycling collection costs $50 per year in a single-family dwelling or $40 per year in a multi-family dwelling.

Annual Events and Festivals

The Delta Triathlon has been taking place every spring for fifteen years. This six-hour event occurs at the Ladner Leisure Centre and offers children's, youth and adult races. Total race length across all three events ranges from just under 5 km for children up to 25.7 km for adults. 2014 will see the first Delta Idol talent competition, open to young people ages 12 to 19. Those wishing to participate can email their video audition any time before January 15, and the final performance will take place on February 28 from 7 PM to 10 PM at the Tsawwassen Arts Centre. As the inaugural Delta Idol event, this is sure to be a fun time. As the largest community in the Corporation of Delta, North Delta is a quiet suburban community with a number of outdoor activities to enjoy. The close proximity to several great schools makes North Delta an ideal place to raise a family. With lots of fun annual events, as well as several minor sports leagues and some great hiking and kayaking spots, this commuter town is perfect if you're looking for a place to live in the Lower Mainland that is close to Vancouver but still out of the way.

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NOTE: This representation is based in whole or in part on data generated by the Chilliwack & District Real Estate Board, Fraser Valley Real Estate Board or Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver which assumes no responsibility for its accuracy.

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