2018 St. Albert Census Information
WHY IS THE CITY OF ST. ALBERT DOING A MUNICIPAL CENSUS?
- The City does a Census every two years.
- Many provincial and federal grants are awarded based on the population count determined by the Census. The City’s last Census was done in 2016, and since then more people have moved into the community. It is important that we get updated data on our population so we can maximize grant funding.
- Census information is also used as a foundation for planning new community programs and services and for enhancing existing ones such as transportation, schools, utilities, emergency services, recreational facilities and economic development.
When will the Census be done this year?
You can complete the Census online from May 2 – June 18. You will need your Unique Access Code to complete the Census online. The Code will arrive in the mail.
- If you prefer to share your Census information in person, an enumerator will visit your home sometime between May 18 and June 18.
What types of questions are asked for the Census?
Ownership of your residence.
The usual number of people living at your residence.
How long you have lived at your residence.
Where you lived previously (if you have not lived at your residence for at least two years).
The gender and age of each person living at your residence.
The employment and student status of each person living at your residence.
The employment and student location of each person living at your residence.
The first language (also known as the mother tongue) of each person living at your residence.
How can I complete the Census?
Online from May 2 – June 18:
A letter with a Unique Access Code will arrive in the mail.
You can follow the instructions in the letter and use the Code to complete the Census online.
It will take about five minutes to complete the Census online.
It is a fast, easy and convenient way to complete the Census.
In person from May 18 to June 18:
If you prefer to share your information in person, an enumerator will visit your home sometime between May 18 and June 18. Enumerators will visit between the hours of 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. from Monday to Saturday or between noon and 9 p.m. on Sunday. The interview will take place on your doorstep and take about five minutes.
If you are not home when the enumerator visits your residence, they will leave a callback card asking you to contact them to arrange a time to come back.
What if I have trouble completing the Census online?
Contact a Census official:
- By email at email@example.com
- By phone at 780-459-1500
- In person at Legislative Services, Third Floor, St. Albert Place
How do I know my information will be secure?
- The vendor hired to provide the software for this Census is the City of Airdrie. They have completed census projects for over 54 municipalities in the Province of Alberta.
- The Online Census system is tested regularly by third party consultants to ensure the system is secure and any evolving vulnerabilities are mitigated.
- The Online Census uses SSL certificates to establish encrypted links between the enumeration device and the online census web servers. SSL ensures that all data passing between the enumeration devices and the web server remains private and the integrity of the data is not compromised.
- Access to the system by residents can only be completed by entering the correct Unique Access Code. The Code is unique to each residence and is mailed directly to the residence.
- All enumerators have had Police Information Checks, received training and signed Statements of Census Enumeration indicating they will keep information received confidential.
- Access to the system by enumerators can only be completed by having the correct login and password.
Whether you complete the Census online or in person:
- All responses are strictly confidential.
- Information is collected only to determine the number of people living in your home; their gender; their age; their student or employment status; their student or employment location; and mother tongue.
What if I don’t have a permanent home or fixed address, but live in St. Albert?
The City of St. Albert would like to include you in the Census. Drop by and count yourself in at the following locations:
- St. Albert Community Village & Food Bank: #30-50 Bellerose Drive (back of Beaudry Building located close to Canadian Tire Store) Business Hours: Monday to Friday | 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Drop by for a hot meal!
- The Collective: #100, 43 St. Thomas Street Business Hours: Monday to Friday | 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Drop by for hot meal on Mondays (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) during the census period.
How will the Census results be shared?
Preliminary information will be shared on the City’s website in August 2018.
A comprehensive Census report will be posted to the City’s website in Q3 (the third quarter) of 2018.
- Only statistical data that is compiled for each neighbourhood and statistical category is shared with the public or outside organizations. The City of St. Albert does not release the census data of individuals.
Last edited: May 2, 2018