An estimated 77% of the Whistler workforce reported living within Whistler in 2018. This value is a slight decrease from the 2017 results, but remains above the defined performance target of housing a minimum of 75% of the Whistler workforce locally. Despite this positive result, housing challenges still include the affordability and the adequacy of housing.
Whistler has a target of having 75% of its labour force living in Whistler by 2020. A local workforce enriches community life through increased potential for shared interactions, strengthened social capital, a more vibrant local community character and a more authentic visitor experience. Living and working in the same community can have a positive impact on local air quality by reducing commute lengths and limiting green house gas emissions.
This indicator measures the percentage of Whistler employees living within Whistler during the winter season. The Whistler Housing Authority conducts an annual Whistler employer survey to determine the number of employees live in Whistler during the winter season. This data is divided by the total number of employees in Whistler.
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