The city released its 2013 Report to the Community this Monday, Aug. 15, at their regular city council meeting.
The report was first introduced to the public last year and has become an annual tradition in informing the Lloydminster community on the city’s social trends, economic development and municipal operations.
The highlight of this year, however, is the Comprehensive Growth Strategy Initiative, said Mayor Rob Saunders.
“We’ve seen a doubling of the population since 1981 and this shows progressive growth going into the future,” said Saunders The strategy initiative projects population numbers and land requirements for sustainable economic development. It’s a way for the city to understand more fully what is needed to sustain current value and allow growth to the city of Lloydminster. This year’s study has revealed some important patterns in the city’s population demographic.
“There are obvious trends,” said Saunders, regarding the population’s age. “It’s a lower age bracket. It’s a young family city. The average age is 32 in the city as a whole and the Saskatchewan side is 27 years old.”
Saunders went on to say that this bodes well for future growth, as a younger population may translate into more families remaining in the community and feeding the economy into the future.
And the bigger the population grows, the more incentives Lloydminster gains from the provincial government.
“Our population grows every year,” said Coun. Jason Whiting. “So in two years time, we have had a significant rise in the population.”
A municipal census conducted in 2013 suggests a 13 per cent population growth rate in the past two years, giving the city even more allowance on grant applications from the provincial and federal governments, with some grants even working on a person per capita basis. This grant money goes to a wide variety of services in Lloydminster, which are in turn covered in the yearly Report to the Community.
The report hasn’t seen much change since last year’s edition. It’s divided into six sections, which include govern- ment, live, work, play, grow and finance.
“We’ve tried to make it user friendly for the residents, that’s the main thing,” said Saunders. “We want our message to be clear.”
And that message includes that the city continues benefit from the work put in by council and city staff and from its partnerships formed in the community.
The 2013 Report on the Community can be viewed online or picked up in physical copy at city hall.