2019 Municipal Census

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If you've received a PIN, click here to take the Municipal Census online. 

Lac La Biche County will be completing a municipal census between April 17 and June 30, 2019. Beginning April 17, property owners will be sent a letter containing a unique PIN number to access the online census survey. Only properties with a single residential dwelling will receive a letter containing a PIN number. Owners with multiple residential properties (which correspond to a single residential dwelling) will receive multiple letters, each containing a single PIN number.

Enumerators will begin collecting census information in person on May 1 for homes that have not completed the census online.

April 17th, 2019 is the census date. This means that your answers should reflect the occupancy of your dwelling on that date. The survey can be completed online or by a visit from an enumerator. Residents may also call the dedicated census phone number to complete the survey.

The following questions and answers provide clarification on most aspects of the municipal census. Should you have questions that are not addressed in this Q & A, or if would like elaboration on any answers, do not hesitate to contact the Census Coordination team at 780-623-6804 or census@laclabichecounty.com

Census Q & A

  1. Why is Lac La Biche County conducting a census?
  2. Is it mandatory that I complete the census?
  3. What type of information is being collected?
  4. How do I know who counts as a Permanent Resident or Shadow Population Resident?
  5. How will the census be conducted?
  6. My property has only one address but contains multiple residential dwellings. Will the additional dwellings be enumerated?
  7. How long will it take to complete the census survey?
  8. What happens if I am not home when an enumerator comes to my door?
  9. How can I provide my census information?
  10. I received multiple forms. Why?
  11. I did not receive a form. What should I do?
  12. My dwelling is used as a seasonal cottage only. Should I fill out the census survey?
  13. Why is the County collection information on the shadow population?
  14. How will the County ensure my privacy?
  15. When will the census results be released?
  16. How can I receive more information?
  1. Why is Lac La Biche County conducting a census?

    The primary purpose of the census is to ensure the County’s population information is accurate and reflects the actual number of people who depend on services in our region. 

    Up-to-date census information allows the County to plan services. School boards, health care providers, businesses, and other interested parties may use the statistical information for planning purposes. 

    Lastly, many provincial and federal grants provided to the County and to regional services that operate within its boundaries are provided on a per capita basis. These include Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) funding, and the Family and Community Support Services (FCSS), Federal Gas Tax (GTF), Basic Municipal Transportation Grant (BMTG), and Library Board Funding grants. The census will allow residents to maximize benefit from these programs.

  2. Is it mandatory that I complete the census?

    Unlike the federal census, the municipal census is not mandatory. However, we encourage all households to participate. By completing in the census, you are helping Lac La Biche County obtain grant funding and plan for future services, which is beneficial to you and other residents.

  3. What type of information is being collected?

    You will be asked how many people are in your household, the type of dwelling you reside in, and the age ranges and genders of the people living under your roof, as well as whether the resident classifies as either a Permanent Resident or “Shadow Population” Resident. These are classifications established by the provincial government for the purpose of municipal censuses.

    The enumerator will also ask for a phone number. If provided, you may receive a quick phone call to verify the resident count.

  4. How do I know who counts as a Permanent Resident, or Shadow Population Resident?

    Our “Who to Count” document (click here to view it) provides a comprehensive explanation on who should be counted as either a Permanent Resident or Shadow Population Resident.

  5. How will the census be conducted?

    Each home (dwelling) across the County will correspond to a unique PIN number. The census will be completed by either filling out an online survey, calling in the census phone number, or through door-to-door enumeration. Residents who call in to complete the census should provide the PIN number.

  6. My property has only one address but contains multiple residential dwellings. Will it be enumerated?

    The majority of properties that contain more than one residential dwelling will not receive a letter containing a PIN number. This is to ensure that an enumerator will visit the property and be able to identify the additional dwelling and add it into the address list.

    If you receive a PIN number that corresponds to single address but your property either contains a second residential dwelling structure or a secondary suite, please contact the census coordinators.

  7. How long will it take to complete the census survey?

    The exact length of time will depend on the number of residents in your household. On average, the census survey will not take more than a few minutes to complete. 

  8. What happens if I am not home when an enumerator comes to my door?

    If an enumerator visits and you are not home, they will leave a notification card and PIN number of your household. This will give you an opportunity to still complete the census online even if you did not receive a census survey in the initial mail-out.

  9. How can I provide my census information?

    A census survey will be mailed to properties with a single residential dwelling. The census survey will also include an identification number that corresponds to your residence. This identification number will allow you to complete the census survey online on the County website at https://www.censusalberta.ca/laclabichecounty/index.cfm.

    This website will not go live until April 17, 2019.

    If you choose to complete your survey by phone, you should provide this identification number which will allow the census coordinators to enter the information for your residence. 

    You can also provide your information when County enumerators begin going door-to-door starting on May 1, 2019.  Enumerators will only visit residences where the census has not already been completed. If you are visited by an enumerator and have already completed your survey, please indicate this to the enumerator.

    Lastly, if as an alternative to sending an enumerator to your house, you may be called by the Lac La Biche County Census Coordinator and asked to complete the census survey that way.

  10. I received multiple forms. Why?

    People who own multiple residential properties will receive multiple surveys.  Fill out the survey for your primary residence only.  If your rental properties are single family dwellings, please forward the forms to the tenants of the other properties, if possible. 

    Please do not forward letters to a rental property with a single address , but which contains multiple units, as this may prevent one or more dwellings on this property from being counted. This includes, but is not limited to, apartments, duplexes, fourplexes, as well as homes that have been divided into multiple units.

    If you are unable to forward the letter or if those properties should not be forwarded letters because they contain multiple dwellings, they will be visited on by enumerators beginning on May 1, 2019.

  11. I did not receive a census letter. What should I do?

    The County is only able to directly mail census letters to the owner of a property. Because of this, renters and those residing in a building containing multiple residences may not receive a letter. Also, properties that have been identified as having multiple dwellings will also be excluded from receiving a letter by mail.

    For larger low-rise apartment building and condominiums, PIN numbers to access the survey will be hand delivered to give residents an opportunity to complete the survey online.

    If you have not received a letter, enumerators will visit your dwelling and complete the survey in person. If enumerators have not contacted you by June 17, please contact the census coordinators.

  12. My dwelling is used as a seasonal cottage only. Should I fill out the census survey?

    Yes. The survey has an option to specify that the dwelling is season dwelling, as well as if it is vacant or if it is still being constructed. This will complete the survey for that dwelling and indicate to enumerators that no visit is required.

  13. Why is the County collecting information on the shadow population?

    Provincial legislation allows some municipalities with a significant temporary workforce population (Shadow Population)  to include the number of these individuals alongside its permanent population. This is the third time the County has received permission to count this segment of the population and this information will help the County plan and provide services, as well as increase the amount of provincial funding from grant dollars.

  14. How will the County ensure my privacy?

    All responses are kept strictly confidential, and the information obtained will only be used for statistical data.  Collection of census information is in accordance with section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

    Your privacy is ensured by not collecting names and/or contact information.  Also, individual dwelling information will not be shared publicly. All data released publicly will be combined to prevent the identification of any individuals or homes.

  15. When will the census results be released?

    Preliminary census numbers will likely be available in early fall 2019. These numbers will need to be reviewed and verified by Alberta Municipal Affairs before being made official. Once these numbers are approved, a census report will be released in early 2020. 

  16. How can I receive more information?

    Please contact the census coordinators at census@laclabichecounty.com or by telephone at 780-623-6804.