Time to be counted

The City of Red Deer’s 2014 census is about to get underway.

The City of Red Deer’s 2014 census is about to get underway.

Starting on Monday, census letters containing personal identification numbers (PIN) that allow access online to the 2014 municipal census online will be delivered to households.

Residents have the choice to fill out the census online or in person when enumerators begin door knocking on May 20.

Residents can complete the census online from Monday to May 31. Those who choose to fill out the census in person will have a June 1 deadline. The findings are expected to be released in August.

The PIN is specific to each address and is required to enter the census website. The site can be accessed at www.reddeer.ca/census starting on Monday.

Based on the 2013 municipal census, Red Deer’s population is 97,109, making it the third largest Alberta city after Edmonton and Calgary.

The 2013 census showed a 5.7 per cent increase over the 2011 census. There was no census conducted in 2012.

The official count of the people living in Red Deer is important for city planning and grant funding from other levels of government.

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

Applications are now being accepted for enumerators. Applicants must be available to work daytime and evening hours from Monday to June 1. Apply in person at the Census/Election Office, Lower Level, City Hall (4914 48th Ave.) between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

For more information, go to www.reddeer.ca/census.

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