By Melodie Stol
It was just eight short weeks ago when Blackfalds was featured in local, regional and national news after the release of the first data set from Federal Census 2016 showing that Blackfalds is the fastest growing community in Alberta. So why is Blackfalds proceeding with another municipal census? Here’s just a few of the reasons:
• Impact on Provincial and Federal grants (e.g. Municipal Sustainability Initiative, Federal Gas Tax Fund, policing assistance and library). Growth exceeding 150 people generally results in more grant funding than the census costs in the first place.
• Providing consistent statistical data for services. Blackfalds is actively pursuing government services including registry services and located health services such as ambulance that up-to-date census data helps to justify. School boards need to know the number of local children, especially those aged 0-6 years for planning purposes.
• Providing up-to-date data for business people and investors who use our independent census data to support their business planning. Economic Development and the Blackfalds and District Chamber of Commerce use the Municipal Census data for targeted business attraction.
• Federal census data is generally rolled out slowly (over the course of 18 months), while a local census is much quicker with usable data available earlier.
Once Blackfalds residents receive the address unique Census PIN by the end of April, I encourage everyone to go online to censusalberta.ca/blackfalds and complete the census online, any time between May 1 and June 30.
For more census detail, please contact our Census Office at 403-885-4677 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Melodie Stol