How to do a municipal census

Section 57 of the Municipal Government Act provides the authority for municipalities to conduct a census.

The Determination of Population Regulation defines municipal census, usual residence, and provides the time frame to conduct a municipal census, and how to submit census results.

A municipality wishing to conduct a census must keep in mind that the regulation requires only a count of usual residents, or if approved by the Minister, shadow population. If the municipality decides to collect additional information, it should consider the relevant provisions of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, particularly those relating to the collection, use, and protection of personal information.

The 2019 Municipal Census Manual provides guidance on how municipalities conduct municipal census to comply with Municipal Affairs regulations and standards. In addition to the census manual, program staff have developed FOIP Tips for Planning a Municipal Census to assist municipal staff regarding municipal census and privacy implications.

Municipal census regulation

Determination of Population Regulation (Alberta Regulation 63/2001)

Municipal census forms


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