St. John’s mayor predicts area will be in ‘sad, sad shape’ without regional co-operation

Daniel MacEachern dmaceachern@thetelegram.com
Published on August 12, 2014

St. John’s — The mayor of St. John’s says the metro area will be in trouble unless local governments agree to share more resources.

Addressing population growth projections recently commissioned by the city, Mayor Dennis O’Keefe said the expected increase will put strain on the area that can be alleviated if municipalities work together better.

The projections, available on the city’s website at stjohns.ca, project the city growing from a population of 106,170 in 2011 to 114,649 in 2036, an increase of eight per cent.

In the census metropolitan area, the figures predict even greater population growth, from 202,533 in 2011 to 235,077 in 2036, an increase of 16.1 per cent.

“Half the population of this province will live in the St. John’s area,” said O’Keefe. “And if we don’t start changing our attitude toward sharing our road systems, sharing our recreation systems and doing more and more and more things together, then by 2036, we’re going to be in sad, sad shape.”