Alberta municipal censuses, 2012

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Alberta municipal censuses, 2012
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Alberta's Urban Municipalities.png
Distribution of Alberta's 269 urban municipalities as of August 31, 2013

Alberta has provincial legislation allowing its municipalities to conduct municipal censuses between April 1 and June 30 inclusive.[1][2] Municipalities choose to conduct their own censuses for multiple reasons such as: to better inform municipal service planning and provision; to capitalize on per capita based grant funding from higher levels of government; or to simply update their populations since the last federal census.[3]

Alberta had 359 municipalities between April 1 and June 30, 2012,[a] up from 358 during the same three-month period in 2011.[b] At least 58 of these municipalities (16.2%) conducted a municipal census in 2012. Alberta Municipal Affairs recognized those conducted by 55 of these municipalities.[6] By municipal status, it recognized those conducted by 8 of Alberta's 17 cities, 23 of 108 towns, 8 of 95 villages, 4 of 51 summer villages, 1 of 5 specialized municipalities, 3 of 64 municipal districts and all 8 Metis settlements.[6][c] In addition to those recognized by Municipal Affairs, censuses were conducted by the City of St. Albert, the Village of Beiseker and Strathcona County (a specialized municipality).

Some municipalities achieved population milestones as a result of their 2011 censuses. Calgary surpassed 1.1 million while the cities of Leduc and Fort Saskatchewan surpassed the 25,000 and the 20,000 marks respectively. Chestermere, Alberta's fourth-largest town, surpassed 15,000 residents.

View of Calgary' skyline
Calgary's population surpassed 1.1 million in 2013.

Municipal census results[edit]

The following summarizes the results of the numerous municipal censuses conducted in 2012.

2012 municipal census summary 2011 federal census comparison Previous municipal census comparison
Municipality Status[6] Census
date[6]
2012
pop.[6]
2011
pop.[7]
Absolute
growth
Absolute
change
Annual
growth
rate
Prev.
pop.
[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
Prev.
census
year
[8][9][10][11][12][13][14]
Absolute
growth
Annual
growth
rate
Airdrie City April 1, 2012 45,711 42,564 3,147 7.4% 7.4% 43,155 2011 2,556 5.9%
Beaumont Town May 1, 2012 13,977 13,284 693 5.2% 5.2% 13,287 2011 690 5.2%
Beiseker Village 780[15] 785 −5 −0.6% −0.6% 837 2008 −57 −1.7%
Blackfalds Town May 18, 2012 6,767 6,300 467 7.4% 7.4% 6,399 2011 368 5.8%
Bonnyville Town May 3, 2012 6,837 6,216 621 10% 10.0% 6,470 2009 367 1.9%
Breton Village May 15, 2012 581 496 85 17.1% 17.1% 579 2007 2 0.1%
Bruderheim Town April 1, 2012 1,298 1,155 143 12.4% 12.4% 1,203 1990 95 0.3%
Buffalo Lake Metis settlement June 4, 2012 701 492 209 42.5% 42.5% 1,206 2009 −505 −16.5%
Calgary City April 1, 2012 1,120,225 1,096,833 23,392 2.1% 2.1% 1,090,936 2011 29,289 2.7%
Chestermere Town May 12, 2012 15,352 14,824 528 3.6% 3.6% 14,682 2011 670 4.6%
Clear Hills County Municipal district May 22, 2012 2,829 2,801 28 1% 1.0% 2,970 2008 −141 −1.2%
Coalhurst Town May 22, 2012 2,269 1,963 306 15.6% 15.6% 1,953 2010 316 7.8%
Cold Lake City April 15, 2012 14,400 13,839 561 4.1% 4.1% 13,924 2009 476 1.1%
Consort Village May 15, 2012 722 689 33 4.8% 4.8% 696 2000 26 0.3%
East Prairie Metis settlement June 4, 2012 345 366 −21 −5.7% −5.7% 906 2009 −561 −27.5%
Edgerton Village May 1, 2012 401 317 84 26.5% 26.5% 393 2007 8 0.4%
Edmonton City April 1, 2012 817,498 812,201 5,297 0.7% 0.7% 782,439 2009 35,059 1.5%
Edson Town May 31, 2012 8,646 8,475 171 2% 2.0% 8,365 2005 281 0.5%
Elizabeth Metis settlement June 4, 2012 671 654 17 2.6% 2.6% 820 2009 −149 −6.5%
Elk Point Town April 18, 2012 1,571 1,412 159 11.3% 11.3% 1,512 2007 59 0.8%
Fishing Lake Metis settlement June 4, 2012 425 436 −11 −2.5% −2.5% 952 2009 −527 −23.6%
Fort Saskatchewan City April 30, 2012 20,475 19,051 1,424 7.5% 7.5% 18,653 2010 1,822 4.8%
Gift Lake Metis settlement June 4, 2012 791 662 129 19.5% 19.5% 1,115 2010 −324 −15.8%
Hughenden Village May 5, 2012 258 230 28 12.2% 12.2% 266 2008 −8 −0.8%
Innisfail Town May 1, 2012 7,922 7,876 46 0.6% 0.6% 7,883 2009 39 0.2%
Kapasiwin Summer village June 19, 2012 14 10 4 40% 40.0% 14 2011 0 0.0%
Kikino Metis settlement June 4, 2012 810 964 −154 −16% −16.0% 1,113 2009 −303 −10.1%
Leduc City April 30, 2012 25,482 24,279 1,203 5% 5.0% 24,139 2011 1,343 5.6%
Lethbridge City April 1, 2012 89,074 83,517 5,557 6.7% 6.7% 87,882 2011 1,192 1.4%
Medicine Hat City June 1, 2012 61,180 60,005 1,175 2% 2.0% 61,097 2009 83 0.0%
Okotoks Town May 24, 2012 24,962 24,511 451 1.8% 1.8% 23,981 2011 981 4.1%
Oyen Town June 8, 2012 1,070 973 97 10% 10.0% 1,190 2009 −120 −3.5%
Paddle Prairie Metis settlement June 4, 2012 464 562 −98 −17.4% −17.4% 1,089 2009 −625 −24.8%
Peavine Metis settlement June 4, 2012 651 690 −39 −5.7% −5.7% 905 2009 −254 −10.4%
Penhold Town June 1, 2012 2,476 2,375 101 4.3% 4.3% 2,322 2010 154 3.3%
Raymond Town May 15, 2012 3,891 3,743 148 4% 4.0% 3,864 2011 27 0.7%
Redwater Town May 16, 2012 2,116 1,915 201 10.5% 10.5% 2,120 2000 −4 0.0%
Rocky Mountain House Town June 19, 2012 7,300 6,933 367 5.3% 5.3% 7,231 2007 69 0.2%
Rosemary Village May 14, 2012 421 342 79 23.1% 23.1% 311 1981 110 1.0%
Silver Sands Summer village May 1, 2012 154 85 69 81.2% 81.2% 72 1982 82 2.6%
South View Summer village May 1, 2012 76 35 41 117.1% 117.1% 33 1981 43 2.7%
Spring Lake Village May 1, 2012 614 533 81 15.2% 15.2% 592 2007 22 0.7%
St. Albert City April 2, 2012[16] 60,994[16] 61,466 −472 −0.8% −0.8% 60,138 2010 856 0.7%
St. Paul Town May 15, 2012 5,844 5,400 444 8.2% 8.2% 5,632 2010 212 1.9%
St. Paul No. 19County of St. Paul No. 19 Municipal district April 1, 2012 6,168 5,831 337 5.8% 5.8% 6,352 1984 −184 −0.1%
Strathcona County Specialized municipality May 1, 2012[17] 92,403[17] 92,490 −87 −0.1% −0.1% 87,998 2009 4,405 1.6%
Strathmore Town April 1, 2012 12,352 12,305 47 0.4% 0.4% 12,139 2010 213 0.9%
Sundre Town June 7, 2012 2,695 2,610 85 3.3% 3.3% 2,190 1999 505 1.6%
Thorsby Village April 1, 2012 947 951 −4 −0.4% −0.4% 988 2010 −41 −2.1%
Three Hills Town April 2, 2012 3,230 3,198 32 1% 1.0% 3,322 2008 −92 −0.7%
Two Hills Town May 7, 2012 1,431 1,379 52 3.8% 3.8% 1,232 2007 199 3.0%
Vegreville Town April 1, 2012 5,758 5,717 41 0.7% 0.7% 5,834 2009 −76 −0.4%
Vermilion Town April 15, 2012 4,545 3,930 615 15.6% 15.6% 4,472 2007 73 0.3%
Vilna Village June 18, 2012 290 249 41 16.5% 16.5% 302 1998 −12 −0.3%
Vulcan County Municipal district April 4, 2012 3,893 3,875 18 0.5% 0.5% 3,830 2007 63 0.3%
Wembley Town April 15, 2012 1,410 1,383 27 2% 2.0% 1,542 2001 −132 −0.8%
Wood BuffaloRM of Wood Buffalo Specialized municipality May 9, 2012 74,631[18] 65,565 9,066 13.8% 13.8% 66,748 2007 7,883 2.3%
Yellowstone Summer village May 1, 2012 131 178 −47 −26.4% −26.4% 97 1992 34 1.5%

Breakdowns[edit]

Urban and rural service areas[edit]

Houses backing onto a pond in Sherwood Park
Strathcona County's 2012 census revealed that the Sherwood Park urban service area's population has surpassed 65,000.
Aerial view of Fort McMurray
Wood Buffalo's population declined between 2010 and 2012, most of which was due to only achieving 95.5% enumeration in 2012.

Strathcona County[edit]

2012 municipal census summary 2009 municipal census comparison
Area 2012
population
[17]
Previous
population
[17]
Absolute
growth
Annual
growth rate
Sherwood Park urban service area[d] 65,465 61,660 3,805 2.0%
Rural service area[e] 26,938 26,338 600 0.8%
Total Strathcona County 92,403 87,998 4,405 1.6%

Wood Buffalo[edit]

2012 municipal census summary 2010 municipal census comparison
Area 2012
population
[18]
Previous
population
[18]
Absolute
growth
Annual
growth rate
Fort McMurray urban service area[d] 70,964[f] 74,709 −3,745 −2.5%
Rural service area[e] 3,667 4,216 −549 −6.7%
Total RM of Wood Buffalo 74,631 78,925 −4,294 −2.8%

Hamlets[edit]

The following is a list of hamlet populations determined by 2012 municipal censuses conducted by Strathcona County and the Regional Municipality (RM) of Wood Buffalo excluding the urban service areas of Fort McMurray and Sherwood Park that are presented above.

2012 municipal census summary Previous census comparison
Hamlet Municipality 2012
population
[17][18]
Previous
population
[17][18]
Previous
census year
[17][18]
Absolute
growth
Annual
growth rate
Antler Lake Strathcona County 353 337 2009 16 1.6%
Anzac Wood BuffaloRM of Wood Buffalo 714 785 2010 −71 −4.6%
Ardrossan Strathcona County 514 434 2009 80 5.8%
Collingwood Cove Strathcona County 362 331 2009 31 3.0%
Conklin Wood BuffaloRM of Wood Buffalo 318 337 2010 −19 −2.9%
Fort Chipewyan Wood BuffaloRM of Wood Buffalo 1,008 1,261 2010 −253 −10.6%
Fort MacKay Wood BuffaloRM of Wood Buffalo 59 44 2010 15 15.8%
Gregoire Lake Estates Wood BuffaloRM of Wood Buffalo 275 248 2010 27 5.3%
Half Moon Lake Strathcona County 226 212 2009 14 2.2%
Hastings Lake Strathcona County 92 77 2009 15 6.1%
Janvier Wood BuffaloRM of Wood Buffalo 171 195 2010 −24 −6.4%
Josephburg Strathcona County 233 237 2009 −4 −0.6%
North Cooking Lake Strathcona County 66 49 2009 17 10.4%
Saprae Creek Wood BuffaloRM of Wood Buffalo 925 926 2010 −1 −0.1%
South Cooking Lake Strathcona County 294 293 2009 1 0.1%

Shadow population counts[edit]

Alberta Municipal Affairs defines shadow population as "temporary residents of a municipality who are employed by an industrial or commercial establishment in the municipality for a minimum of 30 days within a municipal census year."[3] The RM of Wood Buffalo conducted a shadow population count in 2012. The following presents the results of this count for comparison with its concurrent municipal census results.

Municipality Status[18] Municipal
census
population[18]
Shadow
population[18]
Combined
population[18]
Wood BuffaloRM of Wood Buffalo Specialized municipality 74,631 41,776 116,407

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ By the end of 2013, the total amount of municipalities dropped to 358 due to the dissolution of New Norway from village status to become a hamlet under the jurisdiction of Camrose County on November 1, 2012.[4]
  2. ^ Improvement District No. 349 was formed on January 1, 2012 through the separation of lands from the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo and Lac La Biche County.[5]
  3. ^ No censuses were conducted among Alberta's 3 special areas and 8 improvement districts.[6]
  4. ^ a b The Fort McMurray and Sherwood Park urban service areas are deemed equivalents of cities.[19][20]
  5. ^ a b Strathcona County's and the RM of Wood Buffalo's rural service areas are deemed equivalents of municipal districts.[19][20]
  6. ^ Fort McMurray's population is based on 95.5% enumeration. The RM of Wood Buffalo has extrapolated this population to 74,029 based on 100% enumeration.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Municipal Government Act: Revised Statutes of Alberta 2000 Chapter M-26 (Office Consolidation)". Alberta Queen's Printer. November 24, 2010. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Municipal Government Act: Determination of Population Regulation, Alberta Regulation 63/2001 (Office Consolidation)" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Queen’s Printer. 2013. p. 3. Retrieved December 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Municipal Census Manual: Requirements and Guidelines for Conducting a Municipal Census" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. January 2013. p. 7. ISBN 978-1-4601-0359-3. Retrieved June 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Order in Council (O.C.) 328/2012". Province of Alberta. October 17, 2012. Retrieved December 31, 2013. 
  5. ^ "O.C. 419/2011". Province of Alberta. September 9, 2011. Retrieved January 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f "2012 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. November 22, 2013. ISBN 978-1-4601-0645-7. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Alberta)". Statistics Canada. February 8, 2012. Retrieved February 8, 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "2011 Municipal Affairs Population List" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 5, 2011. ISBN 978-0-7785-9738-4. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  9. ^ a b "2006 Official Population List" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. February 5, 2007. ISBN 0-7785-4994-1. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  10. ^ a b "2001 Official Population List" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. September 4, 2001. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Official Population List 1996" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. October 1, 1996. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b "1991 Official Population" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 1991. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ a b "1986 Official Population" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 1986. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  14. ^ a b "1981 Official Population" (PDF) (PDF). Alberta Municipal Affairs. 1981. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  15. ^ Jessica Wallace (August 20, 2012). "Beiseker population declining: census". Rocky View Weekly. Great West Newspapers LP. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  16. ^ a b "2012 St. Albert Census". City of St. Albert. Retrieved December 28, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b c d e f g "2012 Municipal Census Report" (PDF) (PDF). Strathcona County. 2012. pp. 3–4. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Municipal Census 2012" (PDF) (PDF). Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. October 2012. pp. 22 & 24. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "Order in Council 817/94" (PDF) (PDF). Province of Alberta. December 21, 1994. p. 2. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 
  20. ^ a b "Order in Council 761/95" (PDF) (PDF). Province of Alberta. December 6, 1995. pp. 2–3. Retrieved December 29, 2013. 

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