State of Rossland Reporting Process

The Process

The State of Rossland process was initiated in the spring of 2009 with a stakeholder workshop. Representatives from various local groups and organizations were invited to provide feedback on how indicators might be used and what types of information were already available. In September 2009, the community was invited to comment on a proposed set of indicators. Thirty-two unique indicators and four repeats were approved by the Sustainability Commission and Rossland City Council in January 2010.

The table on this page outlines the sources of data for the indicators. The initial beta version of the report, prepared in October 2010 addressed 25 of those unique indicators (including three repeats) that could be assessed using pre-existing data. In some cases, only baseline data was available, and as a result, trends for these particular indicators cannot be described. 

Data Source Number of Indicators
BC Ministry of Community
and Rural Development
BC Stats
City of Rossland
Civic Info and the
City of Rossland
Davies Sales & Service
Fortis Inc.
Trail RCMP and the City of Rossland
Red Mountain Resort
Rossland Council for Arts and Culture
Rossland Recreation
School District 20 and BC Ministry of Education
BC Transit
State of Rossland Indicator Survey
Statistics Canada


The second version of this report completed in April 2011 incorporates the 6 additional indicators (and one repeat) that were measured using a State of Rossland community survey. The survey was administered in January 2011 in both paper and web format. The survey results were analyzed and the State of Rossland report and website were updated. In total, 280 survey responses were received. For a population of 3,532, 280 responses results in a 95% confidence level and a 5.62% confidence interval in the data. This means that for any given survey question, we can be 95% sure that the larger population would respond in the same way as survey respondents plus or minus 5.62%. So if 90% of survey respondents feel a certain way, we can be 95% sure that between 84% and 96% of residents feel that way.

Data for one remaining indicator was not available at in either October 2010 or April 2011 and will be sought again when the next iteration of this report is prepared.

The grades for each indicator were developed through a subsequent community grading survey conducted in April 2011.
Many informative comments were received from Rossland residents in both the Indicator Survey and the Community Grading Survey. These comments highlight both Rossland’s successes in moving towards sustainability and the challenges we still face. The comments add a more personal element to some of the indicator results. These comments were compiled and summarized and are available for download.

State of Rossland Indicator Survey Comments

State of Rossland Community Grading Survey Comments


Reporting Schedule

The State of Rossland project is intended to be a long-term sustainability monitoring process that tracks trends over time. As a result, a schedule for collecting data for the 32 indicators and updating the State of Rossland report is required. One approach would be to update the State of Rossland report every three years in an effort to align the reporting schedule with municipal elections. However, Census Canada information is only available every five years. Thus, short and long report updates are proposed. In the short report, only the 24 indicators with new data available every three years will be reported.  This will require administration of the State of Rossland Survey every three years.  In the long report – completed approximately every six years – data for all 32 indicators will be collected and reported on. The following proposed reporting schedule is designed to account for Canada Census data availability.

Census Years State of Rossland Years Report Type
2006 2010/2011 long
2011 2014 long
  2017 short
2016 2020 long
2021 2023 long
  2026 short
2026 2029 long
2031 2032 short