Here are some fast facts about Colwood:

  • Colwood has a population of just over 16,000 people in approximately 6,000 private households.
  • Colwood's population is set to increase 108% by the year 2038, to a population of 33,553.* 
  • Colwood's workforce is highly educated and Colwood residents have a higher median household income than neighbouring communities.
  • The majority of working individuals hold occupations in sales and service; business, finance and administration; education, law, and community and government services.
  • There are approximately 800 businesses in Colwood, including home based businesses.
  • Employment opportunities are project to increase by 83.7% in Colwood by 2038.*
  • The BC Transit Futures Plan identifies the Island Highway in Colwood as an exclusive corridor for a rapid transit network running from Victoria's Inner Harbour to the heart of Colwood.
  • Colwood is home to one university, one high school, two middle schools, four elementary schools, including one french immersion school as well as alternative education programs and an innovative nature preschool. See the Education page.
  • Colwood boasts three national historic sites: Hatley Castle, Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse.
  • Esquimalt Lagoon in Colwood is a national migratory bird sanctuary.
  • Colwood is home to three golf courses: Royal Colwood Golf Club, Olympic View Golf Course and Juan de Fuca Golf Course, with several more on the Westshore, including Bear Mountain Resort.
  • There are more than 52 parks in Colwood. Check out a few on our Parks & Trails page.
  • Colwood's Official Community Plan outlines a commitment to sustainability which is evident in programs like the Solar Colwood program and the City's proposal for an innovative sewage treatment facility.
  • See some of Colwood's recent awards and achievements.


See the Statistics Canada 2011 Census Profile for the City of Colwood to learn more.

*Source: Capital Regional District, Changing People in a Changing Region, 2009, adapted with Statistics Canada, National Household Survey (NHS) Profile, 2011 Census, Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 99-004-XWE.