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DECEMBER 31, 2007
  Municipal Affairs accepts 69 census results in 2007
    Municipal Affairs and Housing released its 2007 Official Population List (OPL) on November 2, showing that 69 of Alberta’s 352 municipalities performed a municipal census this year. This marks an increase of 42 over the 27 municipalities that performed a census in 2006.

The 2007 census performers included nine Cities, one Specialized Municipality, five Municipal Districts, 30 Towns, 22 Villages, and two Summer Villages. Of all the municipalities, 12 also counted its residents in 2006 while 32 performed a municipal census for the first time in five or more years.

For a detailed summary of the municipalities that performed a census this year, see AltaPop’s 2007 OPL Breakdown. Note the counts of Unincorporated Communities have been presented where available. The R.M. of Wood Buffalo indicates the 2007 figures for its communities should be released in January 2008.

OCTOBER 18, 2007
  50,000 club welcomes Grande Prairie
    The City of Grande Prairie suspected it was 50,000 people strong earlier this year and its 2007 municipal census has since confirmed that suspicion. The recent count reported a population of 50,227 in the Swan City, making it the ninth municipality in Alberta to surpass this milestone.

The census shows the City has grown by 3,151 residents since the 2006 federal census was conducted. In terms of a growth rate, Grande Prairie’s population increased by 6.7% over the past year. The City’s population was pegged at 47,076 in 2006 by Statistics Canada.

OCTOBER 17, 2007
  Central Alberta Towns are on the grow
    The Towns of Blackfalds, Eckville, Lacombe, and Sylvan Lake all performed municipal censuses in 2007 and all reported significant growth since its previous censuses. Growth in these communities was expected considering the proximity of each to Red Deer.

The Town of Blackfalds� seventh consecutive annual census checked in with a population of 4,843 this year. Last year, Blackfalds� annual count showed 4,741 people. Therefore, the Town has experienced a growth of 102 residents or an increase of 2.2% over the past year. Blackfalds tallied 4,373 people in 2005.

In Eckville, a census was performed to challenge the result of last year’s federal census. The Town came up with a tally of 1,002 citizens � 51 people more than the 951 recently reported by Statistics Canada. The difference between the two counts shows a population increase of 5.4% over the past year. Eckville was home to 1,019 people in 2001.

Lacombe’s eighth census in nine years resulted in a new population of 11,562. The Town has grown by 712 residents over the past two years, or by 3.3% annually, since it counted 10,850 people in 2005. Lacombe did not perform a census last year, but Statistics Canada reported 10,742 citizens in 2006.

Finally, Sylvan Lake came up with a population count of 10,729 this summer. This result shows the Town has grown by 521 people, or by 5.1%, since Statistics Canada reported its 2006 population as 10,208. Sylvan Lake was home to only 8,504 residents just three years ago according to its 2004 municipal census.

OCTOBER 16, 2007
  Banff’s census result refutes 2006 federal count
    The Town of Banff was shocked, to say the least, when the recent federal census unveiled earlier this year that its population had declined by 435 people from 7,135 in 2001 to 6,700 in 2006. This was especially difficult to understand when the Town’s last municipal census resulted in a permanent population of 7,327 in 2005.

Banff’s third municipal census in its 17-year history as a Town resulted in a permanent population of 7,437 and a shadow population of 1,284 for a total population of 8,721. The Town’s 2006 Census Results also show an additional 49 people were counted, but their residency status could not be confirmed.

Compared to its 2005 municipal census results, Banff’s total population has grown by 369 people over the past two years from 8,352 for a growth rate of 4.4% per annum. Its shadow population has increased at a higher annual rate of 12.6% over the same two years, up 259 from 1,025 in 2005. Its permanent population increased by a more modest 0.8% per annum, up 110 from 7,327 two years ago.

OCTOBER 15, 2007
  Four Municipal Districts report varied increases in growth
    Of Alberta’s 64 Municipal Districts, at least four of them performed their own censuses in 2007. These four include Mountain View County, Northern Sunrise County, Vulcan County, and the M.D. of Wainwright No. 61. The M.D. was believed to perform a census this year as well, but AltaPop has yet to confirm if a census was completed.

Mountain View County’s census counted 12,570 people within its rural boundaries. This is 179 residents more than the count of 12,391 reported by Statistics Canada last year. The increase shows Mountain View County has grown by 1.4% over the past year.

Northern Sunrise County dediced to perform its own census after Statistics Canada reported a sharp loss in its population between 2001 and 2006. This year’s municipal count of 2,224 shows 477 more residents than last year’s federal count of 1,747 � a 27.3% increase. The County also tallied 323 non-permanent residents.

A census performed by Vulcan County reported a population of 3,820 people this summer. This shows an increase of 102 residents, or a growth rate of 2.7%, over last year’s federal census count. Statistics Canada recorded a population of 3,718 in Vulcan County last year.

The M.D. of Wainwright’s municipal census resulted in a population of 4,113. Last year’s federal census showed a significantly lower population of 3,558. The difference over the past year amounts to an increase of 555 citizens for a growth rate of 15.6%.

Note: After Municipal Affairs and Housing releases its 2007 Official Population List, AltaPop will approach these Municipal Districts and any others that may have performed a census this year to inquire if they have population counts for their Unincorporated Communities. If any data is provided, AltaPop will be sure to post the tallies.

OCTOBER 14, 2007
  Mostly modest growth in eastern Alberta Towns
    Various Towns to the east of the Highway #2 corridor performed municipal censuses in 2007 and most of them have resulted in reports of modest population growth. Those that have provided their revised populations thus far include the Towns of Bashaw, Elk Point, Lamont, St. Paul, and Vermilion.

Of the five Towns, Bashaw recorded the strongest growth with its count. The Town of Bashaw has grown by 72 people, or 9.0%, over the past year. Bashaw’s 2006 federal census count was 796 and this year’s municipal census count is 868.

Meanwhile, the Town of Elk Point completed its first municipal census since 1997. Going into the census, the official population of Elk Point was 1,487 per the 2006 federal census. The Town is now home to 1,512 people, representing a net increase of 25 residents over last year and a growth rate of 1.7%.

In Lamont, the Town performed its first census since 1990 with hopes of improving upon the 2006 federal census count of 1,664 recently assigned by Statistics Canada. Lamont did improve on this tally, but only by 3 people or a 0.2% increase. The Town of Lamont’s new population is 1,667.

Further east down Highway #29, the Town of St. Paul fared better in the growth rate category. St. Paul’s municipal census showed 5,441 people live in the Town, which is 297 residents more than the 5,144 recorded in its last municipal census undertaken in 2004. The Town’s growth rate over the past three years is 1.9% per annum.

Vermilion finds its recent growth rate in between those of St. Paul and Lamont. Vermilion has grown 37 people, or by 0.8% per annum, over the past five years from 4,435 in 2002 to 4,472. Statistics Canada counted 4,036 citizens in Vermilion last year.

JULY 28, 2007
  Calgary officially joins the million club
    The City of Calgary is the third city in Canada to reach the one million milestone. The City’s annual census results released on Wednesday show a population of 1,019,942. The other members in Canada’s million club are Toronto at 2,503,281 and Montréal at 1,620,693 according to the 2006 federal census.

Calgary grew 28,183 people stronger over the past year � of which 17,631 were from net migration and 10,552 were from natural increase. The influx equals to a growth rate of 2.8%, which is lower than what the City experienced the year before.

Calgary experienced a record annual population increase of 35,681 between 2005 and 2006. With the 2005 census reporting 956,078 citizens and the 2006 census tallying 991,759, last year’s growth rate was higher at 3.7%.

JULY 23, 2007
  Influx of 798 people in Beaumont
    Another year of record population growth in the Town of Beaumont has put it within striking distance of five-digits. The Town’s annual census has reported a growth of 798 residents over the past year to 9,749 residents. This equals an annual growth rate of 8.9%.

For comparison purposes, Beaumont grew at a respectable rate of 7.1% between its 2005 and 2006 municipal censuses. This worked out to a growth of 590 people from 8,361 in 2005 to 8,951 in 2006. It is expected that Beaumont’s next annual census count should show a population in excess of 10,000 people for 2008.

JULY 17, 2007
  Nearly 2,500 new residents place Airdrie well over the 30,000-mark
    The City of Airdrie now has a population in excess of 30,000 according a news release posted today. Airdrie’s annual census has counted a total of 31,512 residents, reporting an increase of 2,477 or 8.5% over last year’s count.

Never before has the City recorded growth in excess of 2,000 citizens in one year. Between its 2005 and 2006 censuses, Airdrie grew by 1,966 people or 7.3% from 27,069 to 29,035. Airdrie also came close between 2003 and 2004 when it grew by 1,926.

JULY 14, 2007
  Population growth in Chestermere continues to gain momentum
    Over the past year, the Town of Chestermere has surpassed both the 10,000 and 11,000 milestones thanks to a record annual increase in population. Chestermere’s 2007 municipal census results are in and the Town’s latest population count is 11,262.

Chestermere grew by a record 1,781 people over the past year. The Town’s 2006 census tallied 9,481 residents, which shows Chestermere has grown by 18.8% over the past year. With the new population, the Town of Chestermere is now eligible for City status, although it is doubtful it will be pursued at this time.

JULY 11, 2007
  Rocky Mountain House reaches a new height
    Like numerous other municipalities in Alberta, the Town of Rocky Mountain House performed its own census this year to disprove Statistics Canada’s 2006 census counts. The Town’s draft July 3, 2007 Council Minutes reports 7,231 people called Rocky Mountain House their home this year.

Last year, the Town counted 6,972 residents � nearly 100 more tallied than Statistics Canada. The recent count shows Rocky Mountain House has grown by 3.7%, or 259 citizens, over the past year compared to its last municipal census.

JULY 10, 2007
  Gibbons shows 206 more residents than Statistics Canada
    The population of the Town of Gibbons is 2,848 according to its 2007 municipal census. Gibbons performed its own census this year in response to a perceived undercount by Statistics Canada last year. The 2006 federal count reported a population of 2,642.

Compared to the Town’s last municipal count, coincidentally held in 2002 in response to another perceived undercount during the 2001 federal census, Gibbons has grown by 118 residents since recording a population of 2,730 in 2002. This results in an annual growth rate of 0.9%.

JULY 6, 2007
  Fort Sask, Strathmore, and Innisfail growing at faster rates
    Recent census results for the City of Fort Saskatchewan, the Town of Strathmore, and the Town of Innisfail all show they are growing at faster rates than their previous censuses.

Fort Saskatchewan's second municipal census in three years shows a population of 16,146. The City has grown by 1,461 people, or by 5.0% a year, since reporting a count of 14,685 in 2005. The City had previously grown at a rate of 3.1%, or by 861 people, between 2003 and 2005.

Strathmore's 19th consecutive municipal census counted 11,102 residents for 2007. Compared to last year, the Town has experienced an increased of 766, or 7.4%, since counting 10,336 last year. Between 2005 and 2006, the Town of Strathmore grew by 7.1%, or 683 residents.

Innisfail's 4th municipal census in as many years reports 7,691 citizens. This tally confirms a growth of 3.4% or 253 new citizens since last year's census showed a population of 7,438. Innisfail previously grew by 3.2% or 230 citizens between its 2005 and 2006 censuses.

Fort Saskatchewan, Strathmore, and Red Deer continue to benefit from strong growth due to the Alberta economy and proximity to nearby major urban centers - Edmonton, Calgary, and Red Deer respectively.

As a result, AltaPop anticipates both Innisfail and Strathmore to continue conducting municipal censuses annually for the foreseeable future. Fort Saskatchewan currently has a mandate to perform its own census every second year, but anticipates the City would consider performing another next year.

Sources include a City of Fort Saskatchewan news release, a June 29, 2007 article by Andrew Thomson of the Fort Saskatchewan Record, and a July 3, 2007 article by Jennifer Wilson of the Innisfail Province.

JUNE 23, 2007
  Exceeding 7,000 in Slave Lake
    The Town of Slave Lake decided to enumerate its own residents this year for the first time since 1996 and the results were announced late this week. The Town’s new population is now 7,031.

Between 2001 and 2006, Statistics Canada reported an increase of 103 people, or 0.3% per annum, in Slave Lake from 6,600 to 6,703. Like numerous municipalities, the Town felt it was short-changed by the recent federal census, especially with its numerous housing starts in recent years.

In comparing this new count back to the 2001 figure, the Town has shown it has increased by 431 residents over the past six years. This equals an annual growth rate of 1.1%, which is significantly higher than the rate calculated from Statistics Canada’s figures.

For more information on the Town of Slave Lake’s 2007 Municipal Census, view its online Census Announcement. Included on this page is a 2007 Census Report and a Census Backgrounder.

JUNE 19, 2007
  Brooks counts more than 1,000 people than Statistics Canada
    The City of Brooks performed its own census this year under suspicion that last year’s federal census significantly undercounted its population. It appears the City was correct. Brooks� first municipal census since 2000 has checked in with a total population of 13,581. This count is 1,083 people more than Statistics Canada’s tally from last year.

The results show that Brooks has grown by 1,997 residents since reporting a population of 11,584 in 2000. This equals an annual growth rate of 2.5% over this seven-year period. Between the 2001 and 2006 federal censuses, Statistics Canada reported an increase of 894 people, or 1.5% per annum, from 11,604 to 12,498.

Sources include a June 13, 2007 article by Alex McCuaig in the Brooks Bulletin.

JUNE 8, 2007
  Lethbridge nearly doubles up on last year’s growth
    Nearly 3,000 more people are calling Lethbridge home this year compared to last year. The City’s 2007 Municipal Census shows Lethbridge has grown by 2,979 citizens to a total population of 81,692. This works out to a growth rate of 3.8%, which is nearly double of what Lethbridge experienced last year.

The City’s previous growth rate between 2005 and 2006 was 2.0%. Lethbridge recorded a population of 77, 202 in 2005 and then grew by 1,511 people to 78,713 in 2006. According to today’s copy of the Lethbridge Herald, the City was pleasantly surprised by this past year’s higher than expected growth.

With the release of this census count, the City of Lethbridge becomes the fifth urban municipality to surpass the 80,000-mark, and the third to do so in as many years. Strathcona County first did it in 2005 and Red Deer followed suit last year.

Sources include a June 8, 2007 article by Delon Shurtz in the Lethbridge Herald.

Related Link: 2007 Census Report

JUNE 6, 2007
  Red Deer over 85,000
    The City of Red Deer unveiled the results of its annual Municipal Census in a news release on Monday, June 4. Alberta’s third largest municipality has increased by 2,675 residents over the past year to a population of 85,646, which equates to a growth rate of 3.2%.

This significant growth over the past year is actually smaller than the growth Red Deer experienced between its 2005 and 2006 censuses. In that one-year period, the City grew by a whopping 4.9% or 3,889 citizens to a total of 82,971 people in 2006. Its population in 2005 was 79,082.

The City expects to release a 2007 Census Report by the end of June. AltaPop will provide a link to this report once it is published.

Red Deer intends to complete another Municipal Census in 2008. Next year’s census will be the 10th consecutive year where the City counted its own population.

Related Link: June 6, 2007 article by Andrea Miller in the Red Deer Advocate

MAY 29, 2007
  Bursting on both sides of Border City
    The City of Lloydminster is the first municipality to report its 2007 Municipal Census results. According to its news release, the City has a total population of 25,523. The Alberta portion of the Border City is home to 16,786 residents while 8,737 people are located on the Saskatchewan side of the border.

Lloydminster’s previous municipal census in 2005 reported 23,643 people � 15,487 in Alberta and 8,156 in Saskatchewan. The new census shows an increase of 1,299 or 4.2% per annum in the former, and 581 or 3.6% in the latter. Lloydminster as a whole grew by 1,880 in two years � a growth of 4.0% annually.

Due to forecasted ongoing growth in Lloydminster, the City will likely perform another municipal census in 2009 or sooner. In fact, a report prepared by the City of Edmonton on municipal census frequency among Alberta’s cities states Lloydminster plans to perform its own counts every two years (refer to Attachment 5).

MARCH 15, 2007
  Federal Census shows Alberta and most of its municipalities are booming
    Statistics Canada unveiled its Population and Dwelling Counts release from its 2006 Federal Census this past Tuesday, March 13. The data shows that Alberta led the country in growth and many of its municipalities were among the highest in growth across the entire nation.

AltaPop underestimated the time required to analyse the results and to update the site with the new data. As of right now, Population Profiles for Cities, Towns, and Urban Service Areas have been uploaded (see the Urban Municipalities and Unincorporated Places sections). Also, the Links page has been updated under the Statistics Canada header with links relating to the 2006 Federal Census.

Continue to check back frequently over the next few weeks for more updates and analysis. Population Profiles for Villages and Summer Villages, overall 2006 Federal Census population summaries, and key observations, among other things, should be posted shortly. Thank you for your patience!

MARCH 9, 2007
  The first release of 2006 Census data is days away
    Statistics Canada is unveiling its first major data release from the 2006 Census at 6:30 am MT on Tuesday, March 13. The release will consist of population and dwelling counts for various levels of geography - from the country as a whole, through provinces/territories, census metropolitan areas, census subdivisions (municipalities), and much more, to dissemination blocks at the lowest local level.

The data will be available through various data tables, GeoSearch2006, and Community Profiles. According to the Tuesday, March 6, 2007 edition of Statistics Canada’s The Daily, the release will also include "(detailed) analysis of new census data on the nation's population will be released in a full-colour online report titled Portrait of the Canadian Population in 2006."

AltaPop intends to post this new population data within 24 hours of it being released through a series of reports. The existing Population Profiles for Urban Municipalities will be updated as well. Some brief analysis will be provided on March 13, with more detailed analysis to occur over the coming weeks.

JANUARY 4, 2007
  Langdon up, Bragg Creek down shows Rocky View census
    Yesterday, the Municipal District of Rocky View No. 44 forwarded AltaPop the population counts of its 11 hamlets and four communities from its recent 2006 Municipal Census. The results show an expected influx in one hamlet, an unexpected decline in another hamlet, and minimal changes in its remaining settlements.

The Hamlet of Langdon jumped nearly 1,000 residents between Rocky View's 2000 and 2006 Municipal Censuses. After reporting a population of 1,658 in 2000, the bedroom community has grown by 932 people, or at a rate of 9.6% per annum, over the past six years to a 2006 count of 2,617.

Meanwhile, the Hamlet of Bragg Creek surprisingly reported a loss of residents since posting 488 people in 2000. Bragg Creek's 2006 tally sits at 454, which equals a loss of 34 citizens or an annual growth of -1.2%. The M.D. of Rocky View advises the decline may be partially due empty-nesting and a possible trend of dwellings becoming second homes for non-permanent residents.

Rocky View states it is currently preparing a 2006 Census Brochure that includes all data in table and graph format, which should be available shortly. Keep an eye open on Rocky View's website for more information on the brochure.

In the meantime, below is the population breakdown of Rocky View's 15 settlements.

Balzac Community 0 1
Bottrel Hamlet 9 5
Bragg Creek Hamlet 488 454
Cochrane Lake Hamlet 137 175
Conrich Hamlet 28 26
Dalemead Hamlet 31 31
Dalroy Hamlet 42 43
Delacour Community 8 6
Indus Hamlet 34 45
Janet Community 0 1
Kathyrn Community 7 9
Keoma Hamlet 81 67
Langdon Hamlet 1,658 2,617
Madden Hamlet 28 21
Shepard Hamlet 146 125


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