Thank you, Edmonton! The 2019 Census is now complete. Final population count and data reports are available on the 2019 Municipal Census Results.
For any questions related to the municipal census, please contact the Elections and Census Office at 780-496-8008.
Census Worker Position Description and Pay Structure
Thank you to all our Census Workers for their hard work in door-to-door census collection.
Quality assurance of data collected is currently being conducted, following which census worker pay will be processed in terms of the Census Worker Position Description and Pay Structure Workers will be contacted by their Ward Coordinators once pay has been processed.
Collecting up-to-date population data is an important and effective way to plan for the needs of a growing and diverse city. Census information is used by various facilities, organizations, and stakeholders to deliver a wide range of municipal services including schools, recreational centres, emergency services, and major infrastructure.
We are not actively recruiting for census workers at this time. The City hires 750-1000 temporary contract workers to help carry out a municipal census. If you are interested in becoming a census worker, please check here in the future.
Census information is used to assess existing growth and service targets as well as long-term requirements for capital development and operational planning. In short, it’s essential for municipal budget cycles.
The City uses census data to plan for public services and infrastructure such as schools, roads, recreational facilities, fire and police services, and libraries. Basing planning decisions on recently updated demographics results in more appropriate use of revenue and resources.
All census information provided online is encrypted during transmission and is stored in a secure database located in Canada. The amalgamated information provided from all households is transferred to the City's Census Reporting System for long term management and report generation purposes. The retention of the information is in compliance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Reports generated on areas of the City with a population between 1 and 49 are always reported as zero.
For Census 2019, a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) was assigned to each residential address within the City of Edmonton. Residents used the PIN code to complete the census for the household.
The federal census that takes place every five years captures different information than the municipal census. Relying on outdated data to make municipal planning decisions is not an efficient use of taxpayers’ money, and five years can make a large difference at the city level. Municipal census data is required to access current population data to determine the need for services and infrastructure in our rapidly growing City.
The main purpose is to collect up-to-date population data. This data is crucial for City departments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in making short-term and long-term operational and strategic plans.
The data also provides the basis for valuable grants from the provincial and federal governments. The City will only receive grants for the people identified in the census, so it’s important that every resident is counted.