Why no Naval Reserve Divisions in Courtenay and Nanaimo, BC?

By P.M. Sanderson, Capt (Ret’d), Canadian Army, Reserve, 26 October 2022

While researching another subject, I came across this information which, when you put in a chart, raises some questions.                                                                                                                                              


Notes: (1) BACKGROUND: For the last few decades, growth on Vancouver Island has been explosive; catching both the province and municipalities off guard so naval staff can be forgiven if they missed it too. (2)  POPULATION: Nanaimo is now bigger then Victoria;  Courtenay which abuts Comox, is as large as Saint John, NB; (3) RECRUITING POOL: The most important information is not on the chart. On the east coast of Vancouver Island (less Victoria) there are 4 NL Cadet and 7 RC Sea Cadet Corps - these young people have shown an interest in the Navy - but the next ‘stepping stone’ in their career, is missing. Presence in the community is an important part of ‘recruiting’ and eventually ‘staffing’ the Navy.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      


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