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DECEMBER 27, 2009
  Municipal Affairs recognizes censuses conducted by 55 municipalitie
    Alberta Municipal Affairs (AMA) released the 2009 edition of Alberta’s Official Population List (OPL) on December 11 this year. The 2009 OPL revealed that AMA accepted new official populations for 55 municipalities from this past municipal census season � a slight decrease of four from the 59 accepted in 2008.

Of the 55 accepted censuses, 12 or 22% of them were conducted by Alberta’s 16 cities. Brooks, Camrose, Grande Prairie and St. Albert were the four cities that did not conduct censuses in 2009.

Towns were responsible for 26 or 47% of the accepted municipal censuses, while villages were responsible for 13 or 24%. One summer village (Kapasiwin) conducted an acceptable census in 2009.

The only specialized municipality to have a new official population was Strathcona County. In terms of rural municipalities, only two municipal districts had municipal census results accepted by AMA � the County of Newell No. 4 and Parkland County.

In addition to the breakdown of new official populations by municipal status, AltaPop has made following observations from the 2009 OPL:

  • Okotoks surpassed the 20,000 mark;
  • Cochrane surpassed the 15,000 mark;
  • Blackfalds surpassed the 5,000 mark; and
  • two municipalities voluntarily submitted population declines - the Village of Mannville and the Summer Village of Kapasiwin.

Municipal censuses were conducted by at least seven other municipalities in 2009 (the towns of Fairview, Hardisty and Rocky Mountain House, Beaver County, the County of Thorhild No. 7 and the County of Wetaskiwin No. 10), but were not published in the 2009 OPL.

Reasons they were not published are not known, but may include that they were not completed in time for submission, they were not submitted due to the results showing a decline in population, or they were not accepted by AMA.

OCTOBER 26, 2009
  15 more municipalities release census results
revised Oct-28, Nov-4 & Nov-29, 2009   Over the past two months, AltaPop has accumulated 2009 census results from 15 more municipalities. The below table presents these municipalities and their new and previous populations, annual growth rates and net population increases or decreases.

Municipality 2009
Black Diamond (T) 2,308 1,986 2006 (MC) 5.4% 322
Canmore (T) 12,226 12,039 2006 (FC) 0.5% 187
Clyde (V) 493 470 2006 (FC) 1.6% 23
Devon (T) 6,534 6,361 2006 (MC) 0.9% 173
Leduc (C) 21,597 20,529 2008 (MC) 5.2% 1,068
Morinville (T) 7,636 7,228 2008 (MC) 5.6% 408
Nanton (T) 2,124 2,005 2006 (FC) 1.1% 69
Oyen (T) 1,190 1,105 2008 (MC) 7.7% 85
Stavely (T) 498 497 2007 (MC) 0.1% 1
Strathmore (T) 11,838 11,335 2008 (MC) 4.4% 503
Thorhild No. 7, County of (MD) 3,426 3,547 2006 (FC) -1.1% -121
Trochu (T) 1,113 1,058 2007 (MC) 2.6% 55
Vegreville (T) 5,834 5,520 2006 (MC) 1.9% 314
Warburg (V) 696 621 2006 (FC) 4.0% 75
Wetaskiwin No. 10, County of (MD) 10,457 10,535 2006 (FC) -0.2% -78

C � City, MD � Municipal District, T � Town, V � Village, FC � Federal Census, MC � Municipal Census

  Cold Lake census shows growth of over 1,000 people
    The City of Cold Lake opted to perform a municipal census this year and the results show it grew by 1,064 people over the past two years. The northeastern Alberta City now boasts a population of 13,924 � an increase of 4.1% per year over its 2007 municipal census count.

Although an annual growth rate of 4.1% is significant, it is actually lower than Cold Lake’s previous growth rate of 7.2% registered between 2006 and 2007. The City grew from by 869 people from 11,991 in 2006 to 12,860 in 2007.

For more information on the City of Cold Lake’s 2009 municipal census, please see the City’s July 3, 2009 Media Release. Stay tuned to AltaPop as the City will be approached for a population breakdown of the census by the former Towns of Cold Lake and Grand Centre and CFB 4Wing (Medley).

AUGUST 29, 2009
  Blackfalds breaks 5,000; Lacombe’s growth slows
    Lacombe and Blackfalds, two Towns north of Red Deer along the Highways 2/2A Corridor, published their 2009 municipal census results over the past two weeks.

In Lacombe, the Town has grown by 171 people over the past two years from 11,562 in 2007 to 11,733 in 2009. This equals a growth rate of 0.7% per year, which is significantly lower than the annual growth rate of 3.3% Lacombe posted between 2005 and 2008. The Town was home to 10,850 residents in 2005.

Closer to Red Deer, Blackfalds is growing at a much faster rate. The Town has surged by 767 people over the past two years to a population of 5,610, equaling a growth rate of 7.7% per annum. Blackfalds previously experienced a 2.2% growth rate between 2006 and 2007. The Town’s population was 4,741 in 2006 and 4,843 in 2007.

For more information on Blackfalds� municipal census, see its 2009 Municipal Census Report. It is anticipated that the Town of Lacombe will also post its municipal census report to its website shortly. Please check back regularly as AltaPop will add the link to this article once the report is posted.

AUGUST 8, 2009
  More census briefs from across Alberta
revised August 20, 2009   The second half of July has seen at least another nine municipalities unveil census results. Censuses completed by the Cities of Calgary, Medicine Hat and Lloydminster, Strathcona County, Parkland County, the Towns of Beaumont, Calmar and Coalhurst, and the Village of Nobleford have all shown population increases.

The City of Calgary is now home to 1,065,455 people according to its 2009 municipal census results. Alberta’s largest city grew by 2.2% over the past year, up 22,563 people from the 1,042,892 residents counted in 2008. Calgary’s growth rate between 2007 and 2008 was 2.3%.

Strathcona County counted 87,998 people in its census � 61,660 in Sherwood Park and 26,338 in its Rural Service Area. The census revealed a 2,251 increase (3.8%) in Sherwood Park, 226 increase (0.9%) in the Rural Service Area, and 2,477 (2.9%) overall compared to the County’s 2008 census tallies of 59,409, 26,112 and 85,521 respectively. For more information, refer to the County’s Census 2009 official results news release.

The City of Medicine Hat counted 61,097 residents in its second census in as many years. The census showed its population increased by 671 people for a growth rate of 1.1% over the past year. The City’s 2008 municipal census recorded a population of 60,426. For more information, check out the City's 2009 Census Final Report.

Parkland County appears to be the first Municipal District to release its census results this year. Its census recorded a population of 30,089 � 410 residents more than the 29,679 people counted in the 2006 federal census. The County has experienced an annual growth rate of 0.3% over the past three years. For more information, including population breakdowns by hamlets and subdivisions, refer to the County’s 2009 Census Report.

In Lloydminster, its census tallied 17,402 in Alberta (AB) and 9,100 in Saskatchewan (SK) for a total population of 26,502. The AB portion grew by 616 people (1.1%/year) between 2007 and 2009, while the SK portion grew by 363 (2.1%/year). As a whole, the City grew by 979 residents or 1.9%/year. Lloydminster’s overall population was 25,523 in 2007 (16,786 in AB and 8,737 in SK). See the City’s census media release for more information.

The Town of Beaumont has grown by nearly 1,000 people over the past year according to its latest municipal census. The Town’s population now stands at 11,794 residents � 974 more than the 10,820 counted in 2008. This translates to a growth rate of 9.0%. More data while likely be posted on the Town’s Census Profile page shortly.

Southwest of Edmonton, Calmar’s municipal census shows its population now exceeds 2,000 people. The Town has grown by 74 people from 1,959 in 2006 to 2,033 in 2009. Calmar’s annual growth rate over the past three years stands at 1.3%.

Northwest of Lethbridge, Coalhurst’s municipal census has shown the Town has seen some strong growth since 2006. The Town is now home to 1,810 residents � an increase of 281 people over the 2006 federal census tally of 1,523. Coalhurst’s population has grown by 6.3% per annum over the past three years.

Further northwest of Lethbridge, the Village of Nobleford has experienced even stronger growth in terms of its annual growth rate. The Village has grown from 689 residents in 2006 to 877 in 2009. This represents a total increase of 188 people or a growth rate of 9.1% per annum.

JULY 15, 2009
  Census briefs from around the Province
    The first half of July has seen numerous municipalities publish their latest census counts. New populations for the Cities of Fort Saskatchewan and Wetaskiwin and the Towns of Cochrane, Chestermere, High River, Hinton, Rocky Mountain House, Bonnyville and Bentley were released via news releases, council agendas or local news articles.

Northeast of Edmonton, Fort Saskatchewan celebrated completion of its latest census with a news release that unveiled a new population figure of 17,469. The City grew by 686 residents over the past year, a rate of 4.1%, after tallying 16,783 people in 2008. Fort Saskatchewan’s growth rate between 2007 and 2008 was 3.9%.

South of Edmonton, Wetaskiwin counted 12,285 citizens in its first municipal census in over 15 years. The City’s population grew by 612 people, or at an annual rate of 1.7%, over the past three years. Wetaskiwin’s population was recorded at 11,673 by Statistics Canada during the 2006 federal census.

Northwest of Calgary, Cochrane is now home to 15,424 people according to its July 13, 2009 Council Agenda. Cochrane, Alberta’s second largest Town, experienced a population increase of 771 over last year’s count of 14,653 � a 5.3% increase. Between 2006 and 2008, Cochrane’s annual growth rate was lower at 3.2%.

East of Calgary, Chestermere is reporting a population of 13,760. Growth over the past year was in the amount of 1,171 people over its 2008 tally of 12,589, some of which became residents through a recent annexation. The Town’s latest growth rate of 9.3% is less than the 11.8% it experienced between 2007 and 2008.

South of Calgary, High River recorded 11,582 people in its recent census, which only had a 88% participation rate according to a High River Times article. The Town has grown by 866 people from its 10,716 count tallied in 2006, equaling a growth rate of 2.7% per annum. High River’s annual growth rate between 2001 and 2006 was 2.9%.

Hinton, nearly 300 km west of Edmonton, considered its new census count of 9,812 at its July 14, 2009 Standing Committee Meeting. The Town has grown by a modest 43 residents since reporting 9,769 people in 2006, which equals a 0.1% annual growth rate. The census also counted a shadow population in the amount of 259 people.

80 km west of Red Deer, Rocky Mountain House experienced a 76-person decline between 2007 and 2009 � a 0.5% decrease per annum � according to a recent Mountaineer article. The Town’s population currently stands at 7,155. Its previous growth rate was 3.7% when its population was counted at 6,972 in 2006 and 7,231 in 2007.

In northeast Alberta, Bonnyville released its latest population count of 6,467 in a July 9, 2009 Media Release. Bonnyville has grown by 635 people, or at a rate of 3.6% per annum, since it recorded a population of 5,832 in the 2006 federal census. The Town’s previous annual growth rate was 0.4% between 2001 and 2006.

Northwest of Red Deer, Bentley is now home to 1,134 residents. The Town’s latest census figure shows that has 51 more residents that it did three years ago. At a population of 1,083 in 2006, Bentley’s recent growth rate equals 1.6% per annum.

JULY 3, 2009
  Raymond grows by 2.9%
    The Town of Raymond now has a population of 3,674 according to its third municipal census in as many years. The Town south of Lethbridge grew by 102 residents over the past year. Based on its 2008 population, Raymond has grown by 2.9% over the past year.

The census shows however growth is slowing in the Town of Raymond. Between 2007 and 2008, Raymond grew at a rate of 6.2%. The Town’s population was pegged at 3,363 in 2007 and 3,572 in 2008 � an increase of 209 people.

JULY 2, 2009
  Almost 90,000 in Red Deer
    For the ninth consecutive year, the City of Red Deer has grown by over 2,000 people. Red Deer’s 2009 municipal census shows its has grown by 2,075 to a population of 89,891 after recording 87,816 in 2008. This equals a growth rate of 2.4%.

The census shows that the City’s growth appears to be stable despite the slowdown in the global economy. Its growth rate between 2007 and 2008 was only slightly higher at 2.5%. Red Deer’s population increased by 2,111 between 2007 (85,705) and 2008 (87,816).

JULY 1, 2009
  Coaldale up 766 residents
    The latest census performed by the Town of Coaldale has shown its population has increased by 766 residents. Coaldale’s new population is 6,943. Its previous population was 6,177 recorded by Statistics Canada during the 2006 federal census. The Town’s growth over the past three years represents a 4.1% increase per annum.

Coaldale is currently experiencing at a higher rate of growth than it did between 2001 and 2006. In 2001, the Town was home to 6,008 citizens. Over the following five years, it grew by only 169 people, or at an annual growth rate of 0.6%, to reach 6,177 in 2006.

JUNE 27, 2009
  Lethbridge population exceeds 85,000
    The City of Lethbridge has grown to a population of 85,492, its 2009 municipal census reports. The City grew by 1,532 people last year � an increase of 1.8% over last year’s census result. The population of Lethbridge in 2008 was 83,960.

Lethbridge’s growth over the past year is less than it experienced between 2007 and 2008. After registering a population of 81,692 in 2007, the City grew by 2,268 people to reach its 2008 municipal census count. This equaled an annual growth rate of 2.8%.

JUNE 25, 2009
  Innisfail one stride closer to 8,000
    The Town of Innisfail is now home to 7,883 people according to its 2009 municipal census. This new population represents an increase of 192 people over the Town’s previous population of 7,691, which was recorded by its last municipal census in 2007. Innisfail’s annual growth rate between 2007 and 2009 is 1.2%.

Compared to the Town’s previous annual rate, growth in Innisfail has tailed off over the past two years. Between 2006 and 2007, the Town grew by 253 people, which equaled an annual growth rate of 3.4%. This was based on its 2006 municipal census count of 7,438. Statistics Canada counted 7,316 the same year.

JUNE 24, 2009
  Boyle and Mundare surpass 900 and 800 respectively
Article revised July 11, 2009.

  The Village of Boyle boasts a population of over 900 people for the first time in its history. The Village’s recent municipal census recorded 918 residents, 74 more than the 844 counted in the 2006 federal census. This represents an annual growth rate of 2.9%.

Meanwhile, the Town of Mundare has surpassed a milestone of its own. Its municipal census counted 823 people, putting Mundare over 800 people for the first time. The census shows that the Town has grown by 111 people, or at a rate of 5.2% per annum, since recording a population of 712 in 2006.

JUNE 21, 2009
  Spruce Grove and Okotoks sprint past 20,000 mark
    Alberta has just welcomed two more communities to its 20,000 population club. Spruce Grove unveiled its census results on Monday, June 15, while Okotoks� census results will be considered by Town Council at its Monday, June 22 Council Meeting.

The new population of the City of Spruce Grove is 23,326, which is 3,830 people more than the 2006 federal census count of 19,496. This grows amounts to an average annual growth rate of 6.5% or an influx of approximately 1,275 people per year.

Meanwhile, the Town of Okotoks is now home to 21,690 residents according to its second municipal census in as many years. The latest census shows 1,694 more people live in Okotoks compared to the 19,996 counted last year. This represents a one-year growth rate of 8.5%.

Both the City’s and the Town’s censuses show that their growth has been stronger compared to their previous growth periods. Spruce Grove’s previous annual growth rate was 5.9% between 2005 (18,405) and 2006 (19,496). Okotok’s previous annual growth rate was 8.3% between 2006 (17,145) and 2008 (19,996).

JUNE 20, 2009
  Airdrie grew by 11.7% over the past year
    Given the recent turn in the economy, the City of Airdrie was surprised to learn this week that its latest census counted 3,975 people more than last year. The population of Airdrie now sits at 38,091, which is 11.7% more than its population of 34,116 tallied just a year ago.

According to AltaPop’s calculations, the City last experienced a one-year double-digit growth rate in the early 1980s. It grew by 18.6% between 1981 (8,414) and 9,981 (1982). Airdrie’s most recent previous growth rate was calculated at 8.3% when it grew by 2,604 from 31,512 in 2007 to last year’s total.

JUNE 13, 2009
  Edmonton records highest one-year growth in 44 years
    The turn in the global economy over the past year has not curtailed population growth in Edmonton just quite yet. Edmonton’s 2009 municipal census recorded a population of 782,439 � 30,027 people over its 2008 count of 752,412. This represents a 4.0% growth rate over the past year.

Edmonton’s previous annual growth rate was 1.9% between the 2005 and 2008 municipal censuses. The population was recorded at 712,391 in 2005, while Statistics Canada reported Edmonton’s population to be 730,372 in the 2006 federal census.

The last time Edmonton's annual growth topped 30,000 was between 1964 and 1965. After counting 311,804 people in 1964, Edmonton grew by 14.7% or a whopping 45,892 residents to 357,696 in 1965.

JUNE 7, 2009
  Bowden home to 30 more residents
    The Olds Albertan is reporting that the Town of Bowden has unveiled its preliminary municipal census count of 1,235. The result shows Bowden has grown by 30 people over the past three years, which equals an annual growth rate of 0.8%. Bowden’s population in 2006 was 1,205 according to the federal census.

Although Bowden’s growth appears slight, it has actually accelerated when comparing to the growth that occurred between the last two federal censuses. After recording a population of 1,174 in 2001, the Town grew by 31 people to reach 1,205 in 2006. This equaled an annual growth rate of 0.5% over the five year period.

MARCH 22, 2009
  April brings one less village in Alberta
    Alberta will start its annual municipal census season with one less village in 2009. An Order in Council (O.C. 131/2009) approved by the Lieutenant Governor on March 18, 2009 will dissolve the Village of Thorhild on April 1, 2009 into a hamlet under the jurisiction of the County of Thorhild No. 7.

Thorhild was originally incorporated as a village on December 31, 1949. In its nearly 60-year history, it doubled in size from 248 in 1951 to 505 in 2006 according to federal census data. However, its population peaked at 576 in 1981.

This dissolution results in an adjustment of the County’s population. The 2006 federal census counted 3,042 people in the County of Thorhild. Its revised population will now be 3,547.

Thorhild is the first village to dissolve since 2007, and is among eight other villages to have dissolved in the past 10 years. In the same time frame, one summer village dissolved and a town and county amalgamated.

MARCH 24, 2009 UPDATE: To learn more on the story behind Thorhild’s dissolution, check out the article Thorhild ceases to exist on April 1 by John Lucas in the March 23, 2009 edition of the Edmonton Journal.

Dissolutions since 1999

Date Dissolved Municipality Receiving Municipality
April 30, 1999 Lavoy, Village of County of Minburn No. 27
December 31, 1999 Wanham, Village of Birch Hills County
June 1, 2000 Warspite, Village of Smoky Lake County
December 31, 2000 Entwistle, Village of Parkland County
May 1, 2002 Plamondon, Village of Lakeland County (now Lac La Biche County)
January 1, 2003 Burdett, Village of County of Forty Mile No. 8
January 1, 2003 White Gull, Summer Village of County of Athabasca No. 12
January 1, 2004 Mirror, Village of Lacombe County
September 16, 2007 Sangudo, Village of Lac Ste. Anne County
April 1, 2009 Thorhild, Village of County of Thorhild No. 7

Amalgamations since 1999

Date Amalgamated Municipalities Formed Municipality
August 1, 2007 Lakeland County & Lac La Biche, Town of Lac La Biche County


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