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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.

Census Worker Position Description and Pay Structure

Why Census?

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.


Census FAQ

How can I become a census worker?

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. 

How do I complete the census?

Census 2019 is now closed. Thank you for your participation. If you have any questions, please call the Elections and Census Office at 780-496-8008.  

How does census information impact municipal budgeting?

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.

How is municipal census data used?

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.

How is the non-profit sector affected by the census?

Many non-profits are funded on a population basis; these organizations also use the data for operational and long-term planning in addition to securing funding opportunities. 

Is my information secure if I completed the census online?

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.

What is the Personal Identification Number (PIN) used for?

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. 

What questions are asked on the census?

Questions asked on a municipal census can vary by year. Census 2019 asked: dwelling type, number of residents, gender, birth year, birth month.  

When can I complete the census?

Census 2019 is now closed. Thank you for your participation. If you have any questions, please call the Elections and Census Office at 780-496-8008.   

Who should fill out the census?

Only one person (over the age of 18) per household needs to complete a municipal census on behalf of all members of the household. Census 2019 is now closed — thank you for your participation.  

City staff can only plan and deliver services for the residents who identify themselves in the census, so ensuring you are counted is important to help municipal services reach you and your family.

Why don’t we just use the federal government’s census information?

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.

Why is there a municipal census?

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.

For More Information

Census Services

16304 - 114 Avenue
Edmonton, AB 
T5M 3R8

Telephone 780-496-8008
Fax 780-498-7058

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