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.
In June 2018, City Council passed policy C520C. The policy states that the City of Edmonton will conduct an annual census in 2019 and 2020.