Community Profile

Aerial of Kitimat and Channel

Community Profile

Kitimat's Community Profile provides facts, statistics and figures relating to our location, history, climate, demographics, infrastructure, and local economy.


Kitimat is situated on BC's north coast at the head of Douglas Channel. We are located on the traditional territory of the Haisla Nation whose community is Kitamaat Village, located approximately 10 km from Kitimat.

Kitimat is 90 km from open water.  The deep, wide, ice-free Douglas Channel provides tidewater access to the community.


Kitimat's population was reported to be 8,131 in 2016, down slightly from 8,335 reported in 2011 (Statistics Canada).

Statistics Canada completes a census every five years. The next census will be done in 2021. BC Stats releases annual population estimates for incorporated municipalities and regional districts. 

For a complete listing of Kitimat population counts and estimates dating back to 1953, please see our population table.

Housing Facts

Our Housing Facts Sheet shows trends in new dwelling construction (starts and average values), real estate (listings and average selling prices), and rental housing. Data has been tracked since the 1990's which helps you to see how industrial changes have impacted the housing market.

The housing facts are done twice annually. Data sources include CMHC and the Northern Real Estate Board.

Dwelling Units by Street

The District of Kitimat maintains a viewer-friendly database of Kitimat's housing stock. Dwelling counts are organized by street, neighbourhood, dwelling tenure and type.

Dwelling Units by Street

Kitimat Townsite Report

The 1952 Kitimat Townsite Report by Clarence S. Stein is a nine-book set of plans and policies that describe how to build and operate a “civically independent new town”. Stein and his co-authors cover everything from administration to zoning. The report includes maps of the recommended townsite design. Most of the neighbourhoods, greenbelt areas, commercial and industrial centres in Kitimat today were laid out in the original plan.

Detailed plans for future development of Kitimat's townsite and industrial area make this report an invaluable document for people interested in Kitimat's past, present and future. The executive summary is a must read for anyone interested in local history. A complete set of the 1952 Master Plan is available for viewing at Kitimat Museum & Archives.

The Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP) honours one community plan each year for its significant contribution to national planning heritage. In 2013 Kitimat's original master plan received CIP's Vision in Planning Award.

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