It’s time for the residents of Kitscoty to stand and be counted.
Between now and June 30, citizens of the village can expect a knock at their door if they haven’t had one already as the municipality is conducting a census to find out the current overall population as well as some other key demographics.
“Our main goal is just to find out what the population is of our village,” said Celise Torgersen, co-ordinator and numerator for the census.
“Then kind of by age groups as well as gender. How long they’ve lived in the village in total, even if they’ve moved from one side to the other, and then the employment commute. Where does everybody work? Do they work in rural or urban Kitscoty or in Lloyd? Do they travel farther? That’s just more for transportation purposes, just to give us an idea.”
This will be the first census the village has conducted since 2013 and Torgersen figures the population has probably increased quite a bit since then. She says in 2013 the total count was 967, but now she thinks they have likely surpassed the 1,000 mark. This initiative helps the municipality learn if they’re eligible for things like government grants that are given out based on a community’s population.
“Per person we can get so much (funding) for certain grants we apply for, so we’re always looking for different grants to help better the village,” she said.
According to the village’s website, the data collected also helps with infrastructure requirements and planning down the road for things like schools, roads, recreational centres and other things neighbourhoods might need.
“Right now, we are building a new subdivision that’ll hold 18 homes. So that’s in the works. They’re paving now,” said Torgersen. “So we’re just kind of curious to know what the village needs. We haven’t done it in a couple years, so we’re just trying to figure out where we’re sitting.”
The data that’s compiled from the census will be available on the Municipal Affairs website in December, but she says it will likely be available on Kitscoty social media sites before then.