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Census 2018

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The numbers above are an unofficial count and are subject to change based on quality checks, shadow-population numbers and approvals by the provincial government.

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Who can I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at 780-743-7000 or


Count yourself in the first municipal census since the 2016 Horse River Wildfire by June 30!

What is a census?

The census is a count of the people living in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. We conduct a municipal census every two to three years to determine our total population size, as well as other characteristics of our population. The most recent census was conducted in 2015.

How can I participate?

Participating in the census is easy, and will only take a few minutes of your time. One person per household is required to complete a census questionnaire to count everyone living in the household, including renters.

There are three ways you can complete the census questionnaire:

  • Fill out the census questionnaire online. You will need your PIN card to log on. Misplaced your card? Call PULSE at 780-743-7000!
  • Phone or visit the Municipal Office in or near your community.
  • Answer the census questionnaire when a census taker comes to your home.

Why is the census important?

Obtaining accurate population information through a census count is important for a variety of reasons.

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How will my participation benefit my community?

For each person counted in the municipal census, the Municipality receives more than $200 in grant money from the Province of Alberta and the federal government.

Between 2015 and 2017, the Municipality received over $80 million from the Municipal Sustainability Fund. This funding supported the following projects:

  • Rural Infrastructure Rehabilitation
  • Rural Water and Sewer Servicing
  • Urban Infrastructure Rehabilitation
  • Construction of the Southwest Water Supply Line (Phase 1)
  • Anzac Wastewater Treatment Plant and Effluent Pipeline

The Municipality received almost $20 million from the Federal Gas Tax Fund. This funding supported the following projects:

  • Confederation Way Sanitary Sewer Bypass
  • MacKenzie Blvd Lift Station

How can I become a census enumerator?

Please contact the Census Office at 780-793-1058 or Pulse at 780-743-7000 for more information on becoming an enumerator for the 2018 Census!

Quality Assurance Check

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo must also conduct a Quality Assurance check, as required by law from the Alberta Provincial Government Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Planning and Development staff will contact residents at random to confirm the address of the dwelling and how many people live in the home.