Blackfalds — the fastest-growing community in Canada with a population over 5,000 — will again conduct a census this year to see how much more the town has grown.
Statistics Canada census results released earlier this year showed Blackfalds population has soared 48.1 per cent, growing to 9,328 people in 2016 from 6,300 in 2011.
That put it at the top of the top 25 fastest-growing communities over 5,000 people outside census metropolitan areas.
The Town of Blackfalds said it will conduct a municipal census from May 1 to June 30, through online responses and door-to-door.
Census data collected is used to determine an official population and residence count, to be used for grants available through the province, which are awarded on a per capita basis. The census count ensures that maximum grant funds are received.
Each residence should receive their census PIN letter by April 30. The unique and secure Personal Identification Number is specific to addresses and required to log in to the online census at www.censusalberta.ca/blackfalds.
Residents who complete their census online by May 15 will be automatically entered for a chance to win an Abbey Centre Annual Pass or a tablet of similar value.
Residents who have not responded online will be visited by an enumerator between May 15 and June 30. Enumerators are responsible for confidential collection and will be wearing a Town of Blackfalds photo identification badge along with logo branded vests.
Since Alberta Municipal Affairs requires the town to contact 10 per cent of enumerated addresses for quality assurance prior to Aug. 31, census staff will be contacting participating residences throughout the census collection period to confirm information collected.
Anyone needing further information about the census can contact the town’s Census Office at 403-885-4677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.