Online option available for Red Deer census

A new online tool to submit census information is now available for Red Deerians.

A new online tool to submit census information is now available for Red Deerians.

The 2013 municipal census got underway on Tuesday.

The city uses census information for planning everything from infrastructure to programs and services. The information also ensures the city gets the appropriate amount of grant funding from other levels of government.

Residents can complete the census online until April 16, using the personal identification number (PIN) the city delivered to every Red Deer home in the last week. The PIN was contained in a letter about the census, with instructions on how to access the website (www.reddeer.ca/census).

If you are unable to complete the census online, an enumerator will come to your house starting on April 19.

Enumerators will carry picture identification cards. Citizens with questions about the identity of a census worker should phone the census office at 403-342-8317.

This year’s census will collect information on the number of people living in each household, and the gender, year of birth and citizenship of each person.

“We greatly appreciate the citizens who so willingly provide the information we require on an annual basis,” said Erin Stuart, deputy city clerk. “Without the participation and co-operation of our residents, we would be unable to gain this important information.”