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DECEMBER 11, 2005
  Over 60 municipalities report 2005 census results to Municipal Affairs
    On December 2, Alberta Municipal Affairs published the 2005 edition of its Official Population List (OPL) series on its website (refer to the December 9, 2005 update on AltaPop). In total, 62 municipal entities of various types submitted their 2005 Municipal Census results to the Province for Ministerial acceptance before the September 1 deadline as per the Determination of Population Regulation 63/2001.

Of Alberta’s 16 Cities, 75% of them performed a Municipal Census this past year. Only Brooks, Cold Lake, Leduc, and Wetaskiwin did not count its population in 2005. Brooks officially changed its status from a Town to become Alberta’s 16th City on September 1 (refer to the June 30, 2005 news article on AltaPop).

Alberta’s two newest Towns - Irricana and Onoway -- as well as 24 other Towns also submitted their respective populations counts to the Province. The Town of Pincher Creek decided to not submit its 2005 Municipal Census results that showed a 110 person loss in population (refer to the July 13, 2005 news article on AltaPop).

As for Alberta’s remaining Urban Municipality types, a total of nine Villages, one Summer Villages, and one Townsite enumerated its residents this past year. Despite advising AltaPop that a census was proposed for 2005, the Village of Donnelly did not have a new population assigned to it in the latest edition of the OPL.

Under the Rural Municipality group, two Specialized Municipalities and three Municipal Districts submitted 2005 Municipal Census results for acceptance by the Minister of Municipal Affairs. Also, all of Alberta’s eight Métis Settlements recorded new populations in time for the release of the 2005 OPL.

For a summary of the municipalities that performed a census in 2005, which includes a comparison with each entity’s previous population, view AltaPop’s 2005 OPL Census Results Analysis Report (revised Dec-14/05). For further information, browse the various archived news articles that have been posted on AltaPop since April.

NOVEMBER 14, 2005
  Strathcona and Sturgeon’s 2005 censuses broken down by Hamlets
    AltaPop recently asked both Strathcona County and Sturgeon County to provide population breakdowns of their respective 2005 Municipal Censuses by Hamlet. Below are the population counts provided by Strathcona County and Sturgeon County for their Hamlets.

Strathcona County
Antler Lake356385-3.8%
Collingwood Cove3192748.2%
Half Moon Lake228266-7.1%
Hastings Lake88100-6.0%
North Cooking Lake5360-5.8%
South Cooking Lake2792466.7%

Sturgeon County
Pine Sands46441.1%
Rivière Qui Barre1777831.7%

For information on Strathcona County and Sturgeon County as a whole, including Strathcona’s Urban Service Area of Sherwood Park, please see the September 10 and 29, 2005 News Articles respectively under AltaPop’s Archived News Section.

NOVEMBER 2, 2005
  Banff checks in with overall population increase
    An archived article on the Banff Crag & Canyon website reports that the Town of Banff performed a Municipal Census this year. According to the 2005 tally, the total population of Banff is 8,352, which includes a count of 6,959 permanent residents and a shadow population of 1,393 people.

Depending on how you compare the results with past censuses, one can argue both ways on whether the tourist town’s permanent population is stabilizing or not. Meanwhile, the results do show that Banff’s shadow population has declined since 2000.

The Town reported a permanent population of 5,663 as a result of its 2000 Municipal Census. Therefore, Banff has experienced a 1,296 person increase in its permanent population over the past five years in comparing the two municipal counts. This equals an annual growth rate of 4.6%.

On the other hand, Statistics Canada presented Banff with a permanent population of 7,135 as per its 2001 Federal Census. If the methodologies between the federal and municipal permanent counts were considered consistent, then Banff has actually lost 176 full-timers over the past four years -- a loss of 0.6% per annum.

With regard to the Town’s shadow population, the 2005 Municipal Census has tallied a non-permanent population of 1,025 and a count of 368 people with an unknown status. In 2000, there were 1,147 part-time residents and 906 unknowns.

The decrease in both categories shows two positive trends. First, the loss of 122 non-permanent residents in favour of more permanent citizens shows that Banff’s population is stabilizing. Also, the decrease of 538 people in the unknown category shows that enumeration was much more effective in 2005 than it was in 2000.

Regardless of how one looks at Banff’s 2005 Municipal Census results, it is evident that the Town’s total population has increased since both 2000 and 2002. Banff’s total population in 2000 was 7,716. The Town grew at a rate of 1.6% per annum, or by 636 total residents, over this five-year period.

Since Alberta Municipal Affairs allowed Banff to add its 2000 non-permanent count to its 2001 federal count, the Town had a total of 8,282 residents in 2002. As a result, the Town has seen an annual growth rate of 0.2% over the past three years for a total increase of 70 people.

Sources include an August 9, 2005 article by Dave Husdal and Quintin Winks in the Banff Crag & Canyon (online version) and the 2005 Banff Census Final Report and Presentation publications on the Town of Banff website.

OCTOBER 22, 2005
  Edmonton releases detailed census reports
    On June 30, the City of Edmonton’s 2005 Municipal Census reported 712,391 residents within Alberta’s Capital. Yesterday, Edmonton released detailed census reports on its six wards, 240 of its neighbourhoods, and the City as a whole. The reports show that Ward 3 (northeast Edmonton) is City’s most populous ward at 122,511 citizens.

Meanwhile, Oliver remains Edmonton’s largest neighbourhood at 17,104 residents. Rounding out the top five are the neighbourhoods of Garneau at 11,764, Downtown at 9,027, Strathcona at 9,018, and Kiniski Gardens at 7,132, which were ranked 3rd, 11th, 2nd, and 7th respectively as a result of Edmonton’s 1999 Municipal Census.

For more information, visit the 2005 Municipal Census Reports Section of Edmonton’s website.

OCTOBER 18, 2005
  Population at least 2,500 in Carstairs
    According to an article in today’s local newspaper, Carstairs has an unofficial population of 2,501 as a result of its 2005 Municipal Census. This figure is at least 247 residents higher than the Town’s 2001 Federal Census count of 2,254 and shows that Carstairs has grown by 2.7% per year over the past four years.

However, the Town thinks that its official population is much higher as its census enumerators have yet to acquire information from 47 residences in Carstairs. As a result, the Town estimates its actual population to be in the vicinity of 2,700.

Due to these non-responses, Carstairs� growth rate is lower than it experienced between 1999 and 2001. The Town grew by 168 citizens, or by 4.0% per annum, from 2,086 in 1999 to 2,254 in 2001. If Carstairs is able to complete its enumeration, the Town’s actual annual growth rate may be higher than 4.0%.

Sources include a October 18, 2005 article by Shawne Mohl in the Carstairs Courier (online version).

SEPTEMBER 27, 2005
  Stagnant growth in Leduc County
    A census performed this year by Leduc County has backfired. A recent edition of the Leduc Represenetative reports that only eight new rural dwellers have made the County their home over the past four years. Therefore, the County has grown by less than 0.1% per year from a count of 12,528 in 2001 to a tally of 12,536 in 2005.

The dismal result was a shock to Leduc County, which pursued the census in an attempt to take advantage of large forthcoming per capita infrastructure grants. Given recent strong rural subdivision growth in the County, the minimal increase was unexpected. However, more significant growth is expected to return.

Nearly 10 years ago, Leduc County’s population as a result of the 1996 Federal Census was 12,361. For comparitive purposes, the County grew by 167 residents, or by 0.3% annually, over the five years between Statistics Canada’s 1996 and 2001 counts.

Sources include a September 16, 2005 article in the Leduc Representative (online version).

SEPTEMBER 22, 2005
  Irricana completes its first census as a Town
    On June 9, 2005, Irricana became a Town. Three months later, it released its first Municipal Census results under the new municipal status. The census shows a population of 1,104, up 61 people or 1.9% per annum since reporting 1,043 in 2002. Coincidentally, the Town has a 50/50 gender split -- 552 males and 552 females.

Irricana’s first growth rate as a Town is an improvement on the last growth rate it experienced as a Village. Its population was counted at 1,038 villagers as per the 2001 Federal Census. Irricana increased by a mere five people or by 0.5% as per the Municipal Census completed the following year.

Sources include a September 20, 2005 article in the Rocky View Weekly (online version) and Irricana’s September 2005 Newsletter.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2005
  Provost bounces back over the 2,000 mark
    The latest Municipal Census in Provost shows that it has surpassed the 2,000 milestone for a second time. The Town has grown to 2,078, up 61 people from its 2001 Federal Census count of 1,980. The increase in population equals an annual growth rate of 1.2% over the course of the last four years.

The last time Provost was over the 2,000 milestone when its 1998 Municipal Census reported a count of 2,045 residents. However, the Town’s population declined by 65 people over the following three years according to the latest Federal Census, resulting in an annual growth rate of -1.1% between 1998 and 2001.

SEPTEMBER 20, 2005
  Slight growth in Coaldale
    Coaldale is continuing its assured growth being arguably a bedroom community of Lethbridge, but it is not growing at near the pace. Since a reported population of 6,008 in 2001, the Town has grown by 96 people or by 0.4% per annum over the past four years. Therefore, Coaldale’s population is now pegged at 6,104.

It looks as though the assured growth in Coaldale from being in close proximity to Lethbridge has slowed this time around. The Town grew by 1.1% between its 2000 Municipal Census and the 2001 Federal Census. The 2000 census marked Coaldale’s population at 5,941, just shy of the 6,000 milestone.

SEPTEMBER 19, 2005
  Sturgeon County’s latest resident count is complete
    Alberta’s third largest Municipal District has put some distance between itself and the fourth place M.D. of Foothills No. 31. The population of Sturgeon County is now 18,864. The County has grown by 797 rural dwellers or by 1.1% per year since it was counted at 18,067 in 2001. The M.D. of Foothills currently has 17,682 people.

Sturgeon County’s new growth rate is less than it experienced leading up the the 2001 Federal Census. After reporting a population of 17,145 as a result of its 1999 Municipal Census, Sturgeon grew by 922 residents in just two years. Therefore, its growth rate between 1999 and 2001 was 2.7% per annum.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2005
  Two residents return to Oyen
    Since reporting a loss of four people in 2004, Oyen has gained two residents back. The Town of Oyen has just advised AltaPop that its latest annual census shows a population of 1,101. This result equals a growth rate of 0.2% over the past year.

In 2003 and 2004, the Town’s population was pegged at 1,103 and 1,099 respectively. These two previous censuses showed a -0.4% decline in dwellers. Therefore, Oyen’s modest increase in population is positive news.

According to AltaPop’s research, the Town of Oyen has performed a census nearly every year since 1954. The only year that the Town may not have performed a census was in 1979. However, it is possible that it indeed performed a census in 1979 that coincidentally counted the exact same amount of people it did in 1978.

SEPTEMBER 13, 2005
  Lacombe surges by over 600 people
    The Town of Lacombe has just reported its largest one-year growth in its history, growing by 615 people between its 2004 and 2005 Municipal Censuses. With Lacombe’s latest official population checking in at 10,850 residents, the Town grew at a rate of 6.0% over the past year. Its population as of the 2004 count was 10,235. For more information, see Lacombe’s informative 2005 Municipal Census page that includes five reports and an enumeration map.

Lacombe’s previous one-year growth record was an influx of 611 people between 1999 and 2000. The increase in population that occured between 2003 and 2004 is less than half of last year’s increase. The Town grew by 289 residents within a year of reporting a population of 9,946 in 2003.

Due to the success of its latest census, it is expected that Lacombe will perform another municipal count in 2006. Also, the continued growth in the Town will likely further fuel the City Status debate that has been ongoing for the past three years.

UPDATE - For more information, see the following September 20, 2005 article by Bryan Alary in the Lacombe Globe (online version).

SEPTEMBER 12, 2005
  Albeit growth in Olds
    According to the Deomgraphics page on its official website, Olds has an unconfirmed population of 6,703 people as a result of its 2005 Municipal Census. If confirmed as posted, the Town has grown by 96 residents since it was counted at 6,607 as a result of the 2001 Federal Census. Therefore, Olds has grown by of 0.4% per year over the past four years.

For contrast purposes, Olds� previous Municipal Census in 2000 tallied a total of 6,230 inhabitants. Between this 2000 census and the Federal Census, the Town grew by 6.1% over one year. Spread out over its 2000 and 2005 Municipal Censuses, the growth rate equals 1.5% per annum over five years.

SEPTEMBER 10, 2005
  Strathcona County regains ‘third largest� title
    Until May 15, 2005, Strathcona County held the title of Alberta’s ‘third largest municipality� for five years. By July 15, the County had slipped to fifth place behind the Cities of Red Deer and Lethbridge, whose 2005 Municipal Censuses reported populations greater than Strathcona’s 2003 count of 75,949.

However, this lower ranking was short-lived. Strathcona County released its own 2005 Municipal Census results yesterday. The Specialized Municipality grew by 4,283 inhabitants over the past two years, or by 2.8% per annum, checking in at 80,232.

The County is the third municipality in Alberta’s history to break the 80,000 population milestone. In addition, Strathcona is back in third place in the largest municipality race -- 1,150 and 3,030 people more than Red Deer and Lethbridge respectively.

Sherwood Park, Strathcona’s Urban Service Area, absorbed most of the County’s growth. It grew by 3,519 people, or by 3.4% per year since 2003, to a figure of 55,063. Sherwood Park’s population in 2003 was 51,544 and it is now within passing distance of St. Albert to become Edmonton’s largest neighbouring community.

Meanwhile, Strathcona County’s Rural Service Area sported a lesser growth rate of 1.6% a year since 2003. The area increased by 764 rural dwellers from 24,405 to 25,169. AltaPop will report the population of the Hamlets within the County’s Rural Service Area if and when a new census report is posted on Strathcona’s website.

  Hamlets in Brazeau County boast growth
    Yesterday’s Drayton Valley Western Review reported that most communities in Brazeau County are on the grow. Brazeau’s latest Municipal Census shows that the recent cumulative growth of Buck Creek, Cynthia, Lodgepole, and Violet Grove exceeds the recent decline experienced in Rocky Rapids.

The County’s 2005 Municipal Census breakdown shows the following population data in comparing its 2005 count with its estimated 2001 Federal Census results:

Buck Creek107808.4%
Poplar Ridge604n/an/a
Rocky Rapids317371-3.6%
Violet Grove1419910.6%

* Note that Lodgepole’s actual population as of the 2001 Federal Census was 165 according to StatCan’s Designated Places Programme. Using this data, its annual growth rate would be 2.1%.

At this time, AltaPop is unaware if Brazeau County’s recent census was performed County-wide or just solely for the purpose of counting the residents within its communities. AltaPop will follow up directly with Brazeau and append an update accordingly if additional information is received.

Sources include a September 7, 2005 article by Courtney Whalen in the Drayton Valley Western Review (online version).

  Canmore experiences gross gain, yet net loss
    The latest census count in Canmore is complete according to a recent edition of the Canmore Leader. Despite hundreds of new housing starts in Canmore over the past two years, the Town’s permanent resident tally has decreased by 16 people.

Canmore’s permanent population of 11,458, as reported in 2003, is now 11,442 -- an annual growth of -0.1%. Previously, Canmore had increased by 615 permanent people or by 2.8% annually between 2001 and 2003. The Town’s 2001 Municipal Census counted 10,843 citizens.

So, how is this decline possible with countless housing starts? Quite simply, Canmore has a booming non-permanent tourist population living in its condos and townhouses. In fact, 3,790 people, or 25% of the Town’s combined permanent/non-permanent population total, call Canmore their part-time home.

In 2001, Canmore had 2,273 non-permanent residents, which represented 17% of its total of 13,116. Two years later, the non-permanents had grown 490 people stronger, or by 10.8% annually, to 2,763. As a result, 19% of Canmore’s population was temporary residents. Since, the part-timers have grown by 1,027 or by 18.6% annually.

In total, Canmore’s combined population as of 2005 is 15,232, which is 1,011 and 2,116 people higher than its 2003 and 2001 combined counts of 14,221 and 13,116 respectively. Its combined annual growth rate between 2003 and 2005 was 3.6%, compared to the rate of 4.2% per annum it experienced between 2001 and 2003.

Sources include a September 7, 2005 article by Dave Hudsal in the Canmore Leader (online version).

AUGUST 28, 2005
  Crossfield exceeds the 2,500 citizen milestone by over 100
    The Town of Crossfield recently posted the result of its 2005 Municipal Census on the Public Notices page of its official website. Crossfield is now home to 2,603 people, up 315 from its 2002 Municipal Census count of 2,288. This increase over three years represents a 4.6% growth rate per annum.

The Town’s previous annual growth rate, between its 1998 and 2002 Municipal Censuses, was slightly lower. Crossfield grew by 285 residents, or by 3.8% per annum, over these four years. The Town of Crossfield’s population as a result of its 1998 Municipal Census was 2,003.

AUGUST 24, 2005
  Annual growth in Blackfalds nearly triples
    The Town of Blackfalds accepted its draft 2005 Municipal Census report at its Regular Council Meeting yesterday. The report shows the population of Blackfalds is now pegged at 4,373. This census count shows a 10.6% growth rate, or an increase of 418 residents, since the Town reported a population of 3,955 in 2004.

Comparitively, Blackfalds experienced barely over one-third of this growth between 2003 and 2004. The Town grew by 3.8% or by 143 people from 3,812 to 3,955 over this time period, which was unexpectedly low after experiencing the same 10.6% growth rate per year between 2001 and 2003.

UPDATE - For more information, see the following August 30, 2005 article by Alistair McInnis in the Lacombe Globe (online version).

AUGUST 18, 2005
  Devon doubles previous two-year increase
    The Town of Devon, now 6,095 residents strong, has doubled its previous two-year growth rate according to its recently finalized 2005 Municipal Census. Since its 2003 Municipal Census, the Town has grown by 780 people or by a growth rate of 7.3% per year. Devon’s population in 2003 was 5,315.

The Town’s previous growth rate was 3.5% per annum between the 2001 Federal Census and its 2003 Municipal Census. In 2001, Devon’s population was just shy of the 5,000 person milestone at 4,969 people. Between 2001 and 2003, the Town grew by 346 people.

AUGUST 9, 2005
  Swan City’s census shows rapid growth
    After weeks of anticipation, the City of Grande Prairie unveiled its 2005 Municipal Census results at its General Government Services Committee meeting yesterday. According to an article in today’s edition of the Daily Herald-Tribune, Grande Prairie’s official population is now 44,631, up 4,405 citizens since reporting a population of 40,226 in 2003. The result shows that the City has grown at a or 5.5% annual growth rate over the past two years.

In 2001, the Swan City tallied 36,983 people as per Statistics Canada’s most recent Federal Census. Between the 2001 Federal Census and the City’s last Municipal Census in 2003, Grande Prairie grew by 3,243 residents over a two year period. Therefore, its previous annual growth rate was 4.4% per annum.

According to a previous article the Daily Herald-Tribune, this census took longer to complete then it did in 2003. Usually, enumeration would have been completed within a month by the end of April. However, census enumerators were knocking on doors for three months until the end of June. It was difficult to count the inhabitants of every dwelling due to the busy nature of the local economy and its workers.

Sources include an August 4, 2005 article and an August 9, 2005 article, both by Kevin Crush, in the Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune (online versions). Note that for the first article, you must first register with the Daily Herald-Tribune.

JULY 30, 2005
  Alberta to officially welcome a new City and Town in September
    On July 26, 2005, Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor in Council passed Orders in Council that will see two Municipal Status changes become effective on Alberta’s Centennial. First, Order in Council 376/2005 officially changes the name and status of the Town of Brooks to the City of Brooks as of September 1, 2005. Second, Order in Council 377/2005 will change the name and status of the Village of Onoway to the Town of Onoway on the same date.

These two changes will adjust the counts of Alberta’s Cities and Villages. Brooks, with a population of 11,604, will become Alberta’s 16th City, ranked 14th in size ahead of the Cities of Cold Lake and Wetaskiwin, which have populations of 11,595 and 11,154 respectively. Meanwhile Alberta’s Village total will be reduced by one from 101 to 100. Alberta’s Town count of 111 will remain the same with the addition of Onoway and the loss of Brooks.

In order for Onoway to have achieved this status change, the Village had to surpass the 1,000 people mark. Its 2005 Municipal Census indeed counted that many residents and more. Onoway is now home to 1,036 people, 189 more than its 2001 Federal Census population of 847. Therefore, the soon to be Town has grown by 5.6% annually between 2001 and 2005. As of September, Onoway will be ranked 96th of Alberta’s 111 Towns in size.

JULY 27, 2005
  Innisfail performs second census in as many years
    On Innisfail’s recently remodelled website, AltaPop discovered that the Town is reporting a population of 7,208 under its Economic Development section. The Town’s administrative staff has since confirmed that this figure is from a Municipal Census performed this year.

Compared to its 2004 Municipal Census count of 7,090, Innisfail has grown by 118 people, resulting in a 1.7% growth rate over the past year. Before 2004, the Town’s previous official population was 6,958 as per its 2001 Municipal Census. Over those three years, Innisfail grew by 132 people or at a rate of 0.6% per year.

JULY 26, 2005
  Nearly 30,000 people in Parkland County
    Parkland County recently posted its 2005 Municipal Census Report on its official website. With a population of 29,679, the County has grown by 2,427 people over four years or by 2.2% per year since reporting a tally of 27,252 as a result of the 2001 Federal Census.

These results show that growth is now occuring at a faster rate in the County than in previous years. As per the 1996 Federal Census, the population of Parkland County was 25,222. Between 1996 and 2001, the County reported a lesser growth of 2,030 residents over five years or 1.6% annually.

Parkland County’s census report conveniently breaks down its population by Hamlet, Subdivision, and Township. The County’s largest Hamlet, being Parkland Village north of Spruce Grove, has a 2005 population of 1,579. Under Statistics Canada’s Designated Places programme, Parkland Village was 1,401 citizens strong in 2001.

Meanwhile, the Hamlet of Entwistle, which dissolved from Village Status on December 31, 2000, is now the home of 545 people. The 2001 Federal Census showed a population of 404 in this Dissolved Village. As for its other Hamlets, Parkland County’s 2005 census presented populations of 27 in Carvel, 70 in Duffield, 259 in Fallis, 63 in Gainford, 43 in Keephills, and 127 in Tomahawk.

JULY 25, 2005
  Strathmore nearly eligible for City Status
    The Chief Administrative Officer of Strathmore has advised AltaPop that the Town’s population is now 9,653 as per the 2005 edition of its annual census program. The Town’s 2004 Municipal Census showed a count of 9,115. Therefore, Strathmore has grown by 538 people or 5.9% over the past year. The 2004 census showed an annual growth of 5.5% or 475 residents over the 2003 count of 8,640.

The Town of Strathmore has performed a Municipal Census on an annual basis since 1989, when its population was 3,564. Since then, it has grown 6,089 residents or by an average of 10.7% annually (171% over 16 years) and was ranked the third fastest growing municipality with populations of greater than 5,000 between 1996 and 2001 by Statistics Canada.

Strathmore should easily surpass the 10,000 resident milestone as a result of its 2006 Municipal Census. If so, the Town will be eligible for City Status as per Section 82 of Alberta’s Municipal Government Act. Like Alberta’s other towns with a population greater than 10,000 (Cochrane, Okotoks, Brooks, Canmore, Stony Plain, and Lacombe), it is expected that Strathmore will debate the pros and cons of incorporating as a City before deciding whether to retain Town Status or not.

JULY 24, 2005
  Chestermere continues to grow at a phenominal pace
    The Town of Chestermere’s recent growth of approximately one thousand new residents per year has continued through 2005. Chestermere is now home to 7,904 residents, up 1,043 from its previous figure recorded in 2004. This new figure for Calgary’s closest bedroom community shows a 15.2% increase in population between its 2004 and 2005 Municipal Censuses.

Over the past four years, Chestermere has more than doubled its size -- growing by 4,162 people since its 2001 Municipal Census. The counts resulting from the Town’s 2001, 2003, and 2004 Municipal Censuses was 3,742, 5,714, and 6,861 respectively. The Town’s annual growth rate between its 2003 and 2004 censuses was 20.1%.

If Chestermere’s unprecented growth continues, the Town should either near or pass the 9,000 milestone in 2006 and then the 10,000/City Status eligibility milestone in 2007. AltaPop predicts that Chestermere will be crowned Alberta’s and possibly Canada’s fastest growing municipality with a population greater than 5,000 people between 2001 and 2006 by Statistics Canada when its next Federal Census results are published in early 2007.

JULY 23, 2005
  Wainwright has welcomed 182 more residents over the past two years
    The Town of Wainwright has concluded its 2005 Municipal Census and its latest population checks in at 5,365. The result shows an increase of 182 people, or a growth rate of 1.8% per year, since its 2003 Municipal Census result of 5,183.

Wainwright’s latest annual growth rate has tripled compared to its previous annual growth rate of 0.6% between 2001 and 2003. The Town’s population grew by only 66 people over the two years following the 2001 Federal Census, which resulted in a count of 5,117.

JULY 22, 2005
  Calgary’s population exceeds 950,000
    Calgary is less than 44,000 residents away from becoming the third city in Canada to report a population of more than one million. The result of Calgary’s annual Civic Census shows that its population was 956,078 as of April 2005. A year earlier, the City had a population of 933,495. Therefore, Calgary has grown by 22,583 people or 2.4% over the past year.

Comparitively, Calgary’s 2004/05 increase in population doubled its previously recorded 2003/04 growth. Between 2003 and 2004, the City grew by 11,180 residents or 1.2%. Calgary’s population in 2003 was 922,315.

If Calgary’s most recent growth rate were to remain constant over the next two years, the City should report a new count of approximately 979,000 as of its 2006 Civic Census next April. Subsequently, Calgary should barely surpass the 1,000,000 person milestone in April 2007.

To this date, only one Canadian city has surpassed the million person milestone without provincially forced amalgamation. The City of Montréal, with a population of 1,039,534 as of 2001, was the only city to do so sometime between the 1981 and 1991 Federal Censuses. Montréal’s population is expected to be much higher as a result of the 2006 Federal Census due to it recently amalgamating with all the other municipalities on the Island of Montréal.

Thanks to amalgamation imposed by the Province of Ontario, Toronto became Canada’s largest city and the second to record a population of over one million. According to Statistics Canada, Toronto checked in at 2,481,484 in 2001 after Ontario forced it to amalgamate with neighbouring North York, Scarborough, Etobicoke, York, and East York in 1999. Had this forced amalgamation not occurred, both Calgary and Edmonton would be larger than Toronto as of 2005 and ranked second and third respectively in Canada’s largest cities category.

JULY 20, 2005
  The Gas City’s 2005 census confirms significant growth
    Medicine Hat has grown by 4,707 people over the past four years. With a new population count of 55,956, the Gas City has grown by 2.3% a year since 2001, when it reported a population of 51,249 as a result of Statistics Canada’s most recent Federal Census.

The City of Medicine Hat last performed a Municipal Census in 1999, resulting in a count of 50,152 residents. Between 1999 and 2001, the City experienced a growth rate of 1.1% per year -- less than half the annual growth rate it has experienced since 2001. If the most recent growth rate were to continue, Medicine Hat should surpass the 60,000 people milestone sometime in late 2008.

JULY 19, 2005
  Growth has returned to Edson after 15 years of stagnancy
    The Town of Edson reported its 2005 Municipal Census count of 8,365 on its website today. Compared to the Town’s 2001 Municipal Census result of 7,815, Edson has grown by 550 residents or 1.8% per year over the past four years. However, referring to the count of 7,585 from the 2001 Federal Census, which was tallied a month later than its previous municipal count, the population of Edson has increased by 780 or 2.6% per annum.

Using these inconsistent municipal and federal results, the Town’s previous growth rates between 1996 and 2001 was 1.1% or 0.5% per year respectively over a five year period. Regardless of which 2001 population count was more accurate, one thing is for sure -- the years of stagnant or minimal population growth in Edson is now a thing of the past.

Between the 1986 and 2001 Federal Censuses inclusive, the Town grew by a mere 262 people over a 15 year period. Edson reported a population of: 7,323 in both 1986 and 1991; 7,399 in 1996; and 7,585 in 2001.

JULY 15, 2005
  Lethbridge’s 2005 census was overcounted by 327
    The City of Lethbridge has amended its recent census results, which were originally presented on its website on May 30, 2005. Lethbridge’s 2005 Municipal Census now shows a population of 77,202 -- 327 people less than its previously published count of 77,529. Therefore, the City has actually grown by 4,485 residents or by 2.1% per year over the past three years as opposed to 4,812 people and 2.2% per annum reported previously.

JULY 14, 2005
  Population continues to climb steadily in St. Albert
    The City of St. Albert reported a population of 56,318 on its Official website today as per its 2005 Civic Census Results news release. In 2003 and 2001, St. Albert posted population counts of 54,588 and 53,081 respectively.

The 2005 census shows an annual growth rate of 1.6%, or an increase of 1,730 people, over the past two years. St. Albert experienced a slightly smaller growth rate of 1.4% per annum, or an increase of 1,507 residents, between its 2003 Civic Census and Statistic Canada’s 2001 Federal Census.

JULY 14, 2005
  Wood Buffalo’s Fort McMurray grows by nearly 5,000 people in a year
    The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, home to Alberta’s booming oil sands industries, released its 2005 Municipal Census Report on its website yesterday. The findings shows that Fort McMurray’s unprecedented growth is continuing at a torrential pace.

Boasting a population of 56,111 as a result of Wood Buffalo’s 2004 Census, Fort McMurray has grown by 4,872 people in the past year to a new count of 60,983. This count includes a shadow population of 2,024 temporary workers that are employed in the local industrial or commercial industries and have resided in hotels.

The 8.7% growth rate over the past year further proves the stress on the Municipality’s infrastructure that is being generated by the activity in its oil sands. Between the Municipality’s 2002 and 2004 censuses, Fort McMurray experienced an increase of 8,871 residents or an annual growth rate of 9.4%.

As a whole, Wood Buffalo’s total population is now 73,176. This counts shows an increase of 6,071 people, or a growth of 9.0%, over its census count of 67,105 from 2004. The 2005 count includes a total shadow population of 9,178 within its various Work Camps. There were 7,678 workers in these camps a year ago.

The population of Wood Buffalo’s other communities fluctuated over the past year as well. Fort Chipewyan experienced a surprising decrease of 404 residents over the past year, which may possibly be due to enumeration difficulties that Wood Buffalo was experiencing as per its May 18, 2005 News Release. AltaPop will inquire about this phenomenon in the coming week.

For a summary of the 2005 and 2004 population counts of all of Wood Buffalo’s communities, and their growth rates between the two counts, please see the following table:

Fort Chipewyan1,146744-35.1%
Fort Fitzgerald412200%
Fort MacKay218104-52.3%
Fort McMurray56,11160,9838.7%
Gregoire Lake Estates206180-12.6%
Mariana Lake85-37.5%
Saprae Creek62475420.8%
Work Camps7,6789,17819.5%

JULY 13, 2005
  Beaumont booms beyond 8,000
    The results of Beaumont’s 2005 Municipal Census were officially posted on its website recently, confirming that this bedroom community southeast of Edmonton continues to boom. The population of Beaumont is now 8,361. This count shows that the Town has grown by 554 people since its 2004 population of 7,807.

The results also show that Beaumont’s annual growth rate, calculated at 7.1% between 2004 and 2005, is the highest its been since 1992. The Town reported annual growth rates of 2.0%, 3.9%, and 5.4% as a result of its censuses past three censuses held in 2002, 2003, and 2004 respectively.

According to the Population Projections on its website, Beaumont is forecasted to grow by approximately 5.0% per year over the next three years, and then at an annual rate of 2.5% thereafter. Therefore, the Town should surpass the 9,000 milestone handily in 2007. Subsequently, it may be eligible for City status as early as 2009 where its population is expected to hover slightly above the 10,000 mark.

JULY 13, 2005
  Pincher Creek census reports a slight loss of people
    The Town of Pincher Creek surprisingly performed a Municipal Census this year, reporting a population of 3,556, which is 110 people less than the 2001 Federal Census count of 3,666. This decrease amounts to a -0.75% growth rate per annum over the past four years, despite the addition of more dwelling units to the community over the same time period.

At this time, it is unknown if the Town of Pincher Creek will submit the census results to the Province or if Town Council will simply adopt the results as an unofficial population count. AltaPop will attempt to contact the Town for confirmation.

Sources include the July 12, 2005 Pincher Creek Echo article by Kathy Taylor (online version).

JULY 1, 2005
  Edmonton completes census; surpasses the 700,000 milestone
    The City of Edmonton has completed its first Municipal Census since 1999. According to a news release posted on its website yesterday, the population of Edmonton as of April 1, 2005 is 712,391. This tally shows an increase of 46,287 people or a 1.74% growth rate per year since the 2001 Federal Census resulted in a count of 666,104.

Mayor Stephen Mandel announced the results at a brief news conference at City Hall yesterday. Albeit at a cost of $1.5-million, he proclaimed the census a success and called for a return to performing a census on an annual basis like Edmonton had done in the past. In today’s Edmonton Journal, City Clerk David Edey stated that the high cost of the recent census would decrease in future years.

The City’s Planning and Development Department agrees, stating that less money would be spent on pre-census training as it is likely that the same enumerators would be employed for future censuses. Also, less behind the scenes preparation would be involved as the City can simply update its recently built address databases and enumeration areas as Edmonton continues to develop.

For a summary of the 2005 Municipal Census results, explore the links on the City of Edmonton’s Municipal Census page or visit AltaPop’s forthcoming Census Files section.

Sources include the July 1, 2005 Edmonton Journal article by Brock Harrison, p. B5 (hard copy version).

JUNE 29, 2005
  Growth rate in Spruce Grove continues to increase
    The City of Spruce Grove’s growth rate is quickly approaching 4.0% per annum. As per the City’s 2005 Municipal Census results posted on its website yesterday, the population of Spruce Grove is now 18,405. The census shows the City increased by 1,323 people over two years, or grew at a rate of 3.9% per annum, since reporting a population of 17,082 in 2003.

Between the 2001 Federal Census and its 2003 Municipal Census, Spruce Grove experienced a growth rate of 3.4% a year. The City’s annual growth rate posted between 1999 and 2001 was 3.0%. Its population in 1999 was 15,069 and in 2001 was 15,983. If the positive change in growth rate were to continually increase at a uniform pace through the next two years, Spruce Grove should climb past the 19,000 person mark with ease in 2006 and be in contention for the 20,000 milestone in 2007.

JUNE 29, 2005
  Brooks to become Alberta’s Centennial City
    On June 20, 2005, the Town of Brooks held an open house to discuss City status with its residents. The event was attended by roughly 30 residents who expressed concerns, which were addressed by Town Council and its Administration, with regard to: the upgrading of 2nd Street West (Secondary Highway #873); Mayoral and Councillor pay and workload increases; municipal reorganization; potential tax increases; potential decrease in police funding; and the affect on the local school board.

Since the open house, Town Council has decided to pursue City Status. Council submitted a request to the Honourable Rob Renner, the Minister of Municipal Affairs, to recommend that the Lieutenant Governor in Council change the status of Brooks from a Town to a City, effective as of September 1, 2005 -- the same day as Alberta’s Centennial. In the meantime, Brooks is investigating the potential of trademarking "Alberta’s Centennial City" as an official slogan.

AltaPop will provide a link with this news release once the Order in Council has been passed to establish Alberta’s 16th City.

Sources include the June 21, 2005 Medicine Hat News article by Heather Heinrichs, p. A5 (online version), and the June 29, 2005 Brooks Bulletin article by Rob Brown (online version).

JUNE 27, 2005
  Airdrie reports 2005 population and forecasts future growth
    Airdrie’s annual Municipal Census is complete and the City has checked in at 27,069 for 2005 -- an increase of 1,463 people or 5.7% since last year’s result. In 2003 and 2004, Airdrie’s population was recorded at 23,680 and 25,606 respectively. The City experienced a growth rate of 8.1% between these two previous censuses.

According to the Official News Release on its website, the City has also forecasted its population for the forthcoming three years. The population of Airdrie in 2006 is estimated to be 29,184. Its forecasted 2007 count is 30,462. Finally, the City of Airdrie estimates to have a population in the vicinity of 31,738 in 2008.

JUNE 22, 2005
  Growth slows for the City of Camrose
    The City of Camrose published its 2005 Municipal Census results on its official website today, reporting an albeit yet minute population growth over the past two years. Camrose’s population is now 15,850, which is up 181 people or 0.6% per annum since its population of 15,669 was recorded in 2003.

This growth rate is less than half the rate Camrose experienced between its 2001 and 2003 municipal censuses. The City grew at a rate of 1.4% per annum during this period, adding 416 people to its 2001 count of 15,253 over two years.

JUNE 17, 2005
  Fort Saskatchewan reports latest population count
    Fort Saskatchewan is experiencing its largest growth rate since the early 1980’s. Earlier this week, the City reported a 3.12% increase in population per annum between 2003 and 2005 as a result of its 2005 Municipal Census. With a 2005 population of 14,685, as presented on the City’s June 14, 2005 New Release, Fort Saskatchewan has grown by 861 people since it reported a population of 13,824 in 2003.

This growth builds upon a 2.68% per annum increase between 2001 and 2003. The last time Fort Saskatchewan grew by more than 3% in a year was when the City reported 6% growth rate between 1980 and 1981.

JUNE 11, 2005
  Alberta and Saskatchewan’s ‘Border City� is booming
    The City of Lloydminster’s first Municipal Census in 20 years has reported significant growth at the junction of the Yellowhead Highway and the Alberta/Saskatchewan border. A new population of 23,643 in 2005 shows a 2,655 increase over its 2001 Federal Census count of 20,988. This growth represents an increase of 12.7% over four years.

Interestingly, this growth rate was not uniform across the Border City. The Saskatchewan portion of Lloydminster reported a growth of 3.9%, growing by 316 people from 7,840 in 2001 to 8,156 in 2005. Meanwhile, the Alberta portion of the City posted a 17.8% growth rate, increasing by 2,339 residents from 13,148 in 2001 to 15,487 in 2005. For more information on this breakdown, visit the Census 2005 page on Lloydminster’s official website.

MAY 30, 2005
  Additional 4,812 residents call Lethbridge home
    Lethbridge has grown by over 1,600 people a year over the past three years according to a News Release posted on its official website today. The City’s population is now 77,529 as per its 2005 Municipal Census, up 4,812 residents since its previous 2002 Municipal Census reported a count of 72,717.

In growth rate terms, Lethbridge has grown by 2.2% per annum between its 2002 and 2005 censuses. This rate is slightly higher than its previously recorded rate of 1.9% per year between 1999 and 2002. The City’s population in 1999 was 68,712.

As a result of its 2005 count, Lethbridge is now officially the 4th largest municipality in Alberta, being ahead of Strathcona County and behind Red Deer. However, this ranking is likely temporary as Strathcona County is also counting its residents this year. The results from that census should place it back ahead of Lethbridge and possibly even Red Deer.

MAY 19, 2005
  Red Deer becomes Alberta’s third largest municipality
    Red Deer released its 2005 Municipal Census result of 79,082 on its official website this past Monday. The new count presents an increase of 3,159 residents, or a 4.2% growth rate, over its 2004 population of 75,923. For more information, see the May 16, 2005 News Release on the City of Red Deer’s website.

The increase in population now places the City of Red Deer as Alberta’s third largest municipality for the first time in its history. However, it may only enjoy third place temporarily as Strathcona County, which recorded a population of 75,949 in 2003, is also counting its population and has experienced a similar rate of growth as Red Deer.

Red Deer has experienced significant growth over the past few years. As a result, the City has performed a Municipal Census on an annual basis since 1999 and next year will be no exception. Red Deer will perform a census in 2006 just prior to when Statistics Canada commences its quinquennial Federal Census on May 16, 2006.

MAY 1, 2005
  Onoway pursuing Town status for Alberta’s Centennial
    According to a front page article on the May 1, 2005 Edmonton Journal, the Village of Onoway is performing a municipal census this month in an effort to confirm an estimated population of over 1,000. If successful, the Village would like to acquire Town status on September 1, 2005 -- the same day Alberta celebrates its first century -- and may very well become the second Village to incorporate as a Town in 2005. The Village of Irricana officially incorporates as a Town on June 9, 2005.

According to Statistics Canada and Alberta Municipal Affairs, Onoway’s population was 847 in 2001, but today’s Edmonton Journal article reported a count of 902 for the same year. Regardless, Onoway has experienced significant growth in the past few years with approximately 40 new housing starts since the start of 2001.

AltaPop has approached Onoway -- the “Hub of the Highways� -- for more information on their aggressive pursuit of Town status. AltaPop will also present the result of Onoway’s census count and provide an update to its status change when the information comes available.

APRIL 29, 2005
  Numerous municipalities performing censuses in 2005
    As a result of AltaPop’s First Annual Municipal Census Survey and associated official municipal website research, at least 30 of Alberta’s municipalities are or have proposed to undertake a municipal census in 2005.

All of Alberta’s cities, except for Cold Lake, Leduc, and Wetaskiwin, will count their citizens this year. Leduc confirmed that it will not be performing a census, while Cold Lake and Wetaskiwin did not reply to the survey, nor have they made reference on their respective official websites. On a side note, the City of Lloydminster is unexpectedly performing its first municipal census since 1985.

As for the towns that will be performing censuses this year, four of them (Beaumont, Blackfalds, Lacombe, and Strathmore) have all performed counts on an annual basis in recently history. Canmore, Carstairs, Crossfield, and Devon have also confirmed censuses, while Provost and Wainwright have proposed censuses in 2005.

For the remaining types Urban Municipalities, the Villages of Nobleford and Donnelly have confirmed and proposed censuses respectively.

In regard to Rural Municipalities, the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, Strathcona County, and at least three Municipal Districts will be enumerating this spring. These Municipal Districts include the County of Grande Prairie No. 1, Parkland County, and Sturgeon County.

APRIL 14, 2005
  Alberta estimates the 2006 population of its municipalities
    A Province of Alberta News Release issued today presented the official details of its forthcoming $3-billion municipal infrastructure funding program. As part of the program, the Province has estimated the population of its municipalities from the upcoming 2006 Federal Census as a means of equitably divvying out the 5-year per capita grants for 2005 and 2006. In 2007, the official counts from the 2006 Federal Census will replace the estimated populations.

At first glance, the Province has optimistically forecasted an increase in the population of all of its municipalities. However, it is doubtful that each municipality will have an increase in population based on past Federal Census results. Therefore, AltaPop will be approaching the two involved Ministries, Alberta Municipal Affairs and Alberta Infrastructure and Transportation, to inquire about their population forecast methodology. If such information is provided, it will be published on AltaPop at a later date.

A formatted version of the Province’s population estimates will be added to the Population Summaries Section of AltaPop shortly. In the meantime, please scroll to the bottom of the News Release from the Province of Alberta.

APRIL 1, 2005
  Edmonton and Calgary commence census counts
    Census enumerators will be hitting the streets in Alberta’s two largest cities today. The enumeration in both cities will occur over the next three weeks, with results expected for both in about three months.

The City of Calgary performs a census on an annual basis. Their 2004 census resulted in a population of 933,495, up 11,180 people from its 2003 census. The 2001 Federal Census performed by Statistics Canada resulted in a population of 878,866.

The City of Edmonton has not performed a Civic Census since 1999, which resulted in a count of 648,284. The 2001 Federal Census updated Edmonton’s tally to 666,104. The result of the new census is expected to be in the 715,000 to 720,000 range, according to Edmonton’s City Clerk, who will be recommending to City Council that the City conduct a census on an annual basis.

     Calgary Civic Census
     Edmonton Civic Census

FEBRUARY 22, 2005
  Alberta to welcome its 111th Town in 2005
    All of Alberta’s municipalities are celebrating Alberta’s Centennial this year, but the 1,043 residents of a community northeast of Calgary may have second reason to celebrate in 2005. The Chief Administrative Officer of the Village of Irricina has advised that “Irricana has applied for Town status and everything looks good for it to be official on June 9, 2005.�

If the change of status is accepted and made official by an Order in Council by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, Rob Renner, Irricana may very well become Alberta’s Centennial Town. The status change would increase Alberta’s Town tally to 111 and decrease its Village tally to 101. Before Irricana, the last community to change status from a Village to a Town was Bentley on January 1, 2001.

UPDATE - Order in Council passed on March 15, 2005.

FEBRUARY 17, 2005
  AltaPop to be forwarded to Alberta’s Urban Municipalities
    AltaPop is currently preparing an e-mail that will be sent to all Chief Administrative Officers (CAO’s), also known as Municipal Managers, of Alberta’s Cities, Towns, Villages, and Summer Villages. The primary purpose of the correspondence will be to encourage their use of, and reference to AltaPop’s historic population data to assist in their administrative practises.

The e-mail will also be sent for three secondary purposes. First, it will encourage the CAO’s to spread the word about AltaPop by forwarding this tool to their municipality’s administrators and elected officials, as well as to their citizens by way of placing a link to AltaPop on their respective Websites.

Secondly, it will be an opportunity to make AltaPop’s First Annual Municipal Census Inquiry, which will ask each CAO the following question: “will your municipality be performing a municipal census in 2005?� As a result of the inquiry, two lists of responding municipalities will be generated and published on AltaPop to confirm which will be performing municipal censuses in 2005. This inquiry will be made on an annual basis in late February of subsequent years as well.

Thirdly, the correspondence will advise the CAO’s that a Municipal Census Practises Survey is being prepared by AltaPop and will be forwarded to them in the coming months for their participation.


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