Municipal census in Alberta
The Government of Alberta has moved from the use of municipal census counts to provincially-developed population estimates. Municipal population estimates will result in more consistent and timely information about Alberta’s population. This will come into effect for the 2021 grant year and be based on a standard methodology used in other jurisdictions.
Municipal population estimates will be completed by the Office of Statistics and Information at Alberta Treasury Board and Finance.
The ability for municipalities to conduct a census will remain in the Municipal Government Act; however, the province will no longer utilize municipal census counts for provincial funding purposes. Regulations relating to census were repealed in 2020.
For inquiries related to municipal population estimates, connect with Office of Statistics and Information at Alberta Treasury Board and Finance:
Office of Statistics and Information
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
8th Floor, Federal Building
9820 107 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 1E7