Municipal census in Alberta
As part of Budget 2019, the Government of Alberta is moving from the use of municipal census counts to a provincially-developed population estimate. 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.
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 Regulations relating to census will be repealed later in 2020, and the census guidelines will be converted into a best practices guide that municipalities may choose to use if they perform a municipal census for their own purposes.
Municipal census regulation
Municipal census forms
- LGS0004 - Oath of Census Co-ordinator (PDF, 180 KB)
- LGS0005 - Statement of Census Enumeration (PDF, 168 KB)
- LGS0006 - Shadow Population Verification Form (PDF, 170 KB)
- LGS0007 - Municipal Census Form Population Affidavit (PDF, 173 KB)
For inquiries related to Determination of Population Regulation and municipal censuses, connect with the Information Services Team at Alberta Municipal Affairs:
Alberta Municipal Affairs
17th floor, Commerce Place
10155 102 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4
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