Census

The City of Fort Saskatchewan conducts a municipal census every year. Typically, a municipal census will not be conducted the year a federal census is taking place.

2018 results

The City of Fort Saskatchewan continues to grow with the official 2018 census results at 26,328, an increase of 3.1% from the 2017 municipal census numbers.

Decisions regarding future transportation networks, the locations of schools, parks, utilities and fire protection facilities are based to a large extent on statistics on population growth collected in the municipal census. As well, many of the grants received from the Province are awarded on a per capita basis and a census count ensures that maximum grants are received.

Reviewing the Census report below will give you the latest information on the growth and expansion of this great city.

View the 2018 Census Report

What is a Census?

A census is an official count of the number of people living in a community at a given time.

Why conduct a Census?

The City receives various grants from the provincial and federal governments and they can sometimes be based on a per capita (number of residents) basis. With current census data, the City receives the maximum amount of grant funding for programs and services.

The census data is also useful for the future planning of transportation, parks, schools and protective services like fire and police.

How often is a Census conducted?

The City of Fort Saskatchewan conducts a municipal census every year. Typically, a municipal census will not be conducted the year a federal census is taking place.

Where can I access the Census?

Fort Saskatchewan's Municipal Census is conducted online. Residents will be able to log in online and answer a few short questions, for example:

  • The number of residents in the home;
  • The age and gender of each resident;
  • Employment status; and
  • Length of residency in Fort Saskatchewan.

All information collected will be kept confidential and used only for the production of aggregated statistics. Responses will remain anonymous – names will not be collected and exact dwelling addresses will not be associated with the questionnaire responses.

How do I access the Census online?

A PIN number will be hand-delivered to your door and is unique to your residence. Once you receive this PIN, you can access the online Census and answer eight short questions, which will only take a couple of minutes.

What if I do not respond online?

If you do not respond online before the provided deadline, an enumerator will visit your household to take your census information at the door. It will only take a few minutes of your time, and all enumerators will carry proper identification. Remember, if you submit your census information, online it will not be necessary for an enumerator to visit your household.

Who do I include in the Census when filling it out?

Include:

  • all persons who usually live in the dwelling, even if they are temporarily away (such as on a business trip or at school), such as college/university students* who have not established a usual residence elsewhere;
  • any persons staying at or visiting the dwelling if they have no other usual home;
  • in the case of joint custody, children staying at the dwelling on April 2, 2018 are to be counted;
  • hotel residents and employees who have no usual home elsewhere;
  • persons in the Armed Forces even if away on tour/rotation;
  • infants born before or on April 2, 2018;
  • deceased persons who were alive on April 2, 2018;
  • any persons who usually live in the dwelling, but are currently in an institution (such as a hospital or correctional institution). However, if they have been in the institution for more than six months, do not include them as a usual resident of the dwelling.

Do not include:

  • temporary residents (those who have a usual residence elsewhere);
  • members of the household who are now in an institution and have been there for the past six months or longer;
  • visitors and those persons who have a usual residence elsewhere;
  • infants born after the census date (April 2, 2018);
  • college/university students who have a usual residence elsewhere;
  • members of the household who live elsewhere;
  • persons living at temporary residences, such as vacation homes.

*Students are included as usual residents at their home (i.e. parents' home) if they have not established a usual residence elsewhere. If the student rents accommodation for the purposes of attending an educational institution but usually resides with other family members who are usual residents in the City, the student is still deemed to reside with those family members.

NOTE: A person can have only one place of usual residence. If a person has more than one residence in Alberta, that person shall designate one place of residence as the person's usual residence. A person's usual residence is the place where the person lives and sleeps and to which, when the person is absent from it, the person intends to return. A person shall designate the person's usual residence in accordance with the following factors in the following order of priority:

  1. the address shown on the person's driver's licence or motor vehicle operator's licence issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta, or on an identification card issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta;
  2. the address to which the person's income tax correspondence is addressed and delivered;
  3. the address to which the person's mail is addressed and delivered.

View past Census reports