City makes plans for 2015 census

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August 28, 2014 1:30 PM

Coun. Linnea Goodhand

Lloydminster city council announced Monday that the city has made plans to perform another municipal census in 2015, with all associated costs to be discussed during the next meeting on Aug. 25.

The census, which is conducted once every two years, is a way of gathering data on the Lloydminster demographic for a few different purposes.

One is to compile the data gathered into a resource for such things as planning municipal projects and projecting the city’s growth into the future.

Since the federal census in 2011, Lloydminster has seen 3,679 new residents come into the city, making for a total population of 31,483 people.

And, as the council meeting suggested, this means more developers are coming forward with the intent of making more living space for the community.

“As far as the City of Lloydminster is concerned,” said Coun. Linnea Goodhand, “we are just super excited that these communities continue to grow and these developers continue to come to us and ask for our permission to subdivide more lots and get more houses up for people.”

Another perk of having up-to-date information on Lloydminster’s population is that more grant money can be drawn from the provincial government, for use in anything from municipal development to community projects.

With data collected from the last municipal census, Lloydminster gathered around $246 per person in per capita grant funding from the province of Alberta.

“Accurate population information will ensure we receive the maximum amount of grant funding possible,” said Amy Smart, legislative services co-ordinator.

As for the census itself, it is divided into a few main questions, said Smart: whether you rent or own your property; how many people live in your residence; your age and how many vehicles you own.

During the last census, some door-to-door contact was made with residents, but the city has also adopted a new system of delivery.

In 2013, about 12,000 unique PIN numbers were delivered to households across the city, giving those residents access to a program online which allowed many residents to complete the census on their computers.

That software, developed by the City of Airdrie for census data collection, will be used again in the 2015 census, which will take place next spring.

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