Census Information

Population 3619

The Town of Pincher Creek is conducted a Municipal Census in 2013


The purpose of conducting a municipal census is to help plan for improvements to our community such as transportation needs, recreation facilities and parks.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why is “gender” asked?
  2. Why is “age” asked?
  3. When does the Census start?
  4. Why is the Town conducting a Census?
  5. Why does the Town need to conduct a Census?
  6. What is a census day?
  7. Why should people participate in the Census?  Why is it important?
  8. How will I know the person at the door is a Town Census Worker?
  9. What if I am not home when the Census Worker comes to my door?
  10. What is “usual residence”?
  11. How can I be sure my information is safe?
  12. When can we conduct a census?
  13. If we do not conduct a municipal census, what would be our municipality’s official population?
  14. What if we have not completed the census by the end of June?
  15. What if the results of the count are lower than the federal census numbers?
  16. Can we use telephone and/or internet for census taking?
  17. Should we collect names?

1. Why is “gender” asked?
Gender-specific information is essential in any population analysis, and makes other characteristics more meaningful in research and planning.
 
2. Why is “age” asked?
Knowledge of age distribution is required to plan programs and facilities for recreational centres, senior citizens and housing requirements.  Age information is needed to determine overall human resource potential.
 
3. When does the Census start?
Census workers begin collecting census data mid April.  The collection will continue and must be completed by June 30.
 
4. Why is the Town conducting a Census?
On March 25, 2013, Town Council passed a resolution to conduct a Municipal Census.
 
5. Why does the Town need to conduct a Census?
The purpose of conducting a municipal census is to help plan for improvements to our community such as transportation needs, recreation facilities and parks.
 
6. What is a census day?
A census is a snapshot of a community at one point in time.  A municipality has to choose a census day between April 1 to June 30, which serves as a reference day for all census question asked in that municipality.  April 1, 2013 is Census day in the Town of Pincher Creek.
 
7. Why should people participate in the Census?  Why is it important?
The Town will only receive grant funding for the people indentified in the Census.  Likewise, Town staff can only plan and deliver services for the people they know are out there.  Ensuring you are counted is an important step in helping civic services get to you and your family.
 
8. How will I know the person at the door is a Town Census Worker?
All Census Workers will present Town-issued identification.  You are encouraged to confirm their identification before you answer questions.

9. What if I am not home when the Census Worker comes to my door?
The Census Worker will leave information on the door telling you the worker was there.  The information will give you a phone number to contact the Census Worker so that a convenient time can be set for the Census Worker to return.
 
10. What is “usual residence”?
A person’s usual residence is the place where the person lives and sleeps and to which, when the person is absent from it, the person intends to return.  Further explanation can be found in the Municipal Census Manual.
 
11. How can I be sure my information is safe?
During training, Census Workers are instructed on the importance of ensuring the information being collected is protected and that they cannot share this information with anyone other than a member of their census team.  Each Census Worker signs a letter of acknowledgment to reinforce these expectations.
 
12. When can we conduct a census?
A municipality that wishes to conduct a census must do so between April 1 to June 30 of the same year.
 
13. If we do not conduct a municipal census, what would be our municipality’s official population?
The municipality’s official population will be based on the latest federal census or the accepted results of the latest municipal census.
 
14. What if we have not completed the census by the end of June?
The municipality has to obtain the approval of the Minister of Municipal Affairs to extend the time to complete the census.
 
15. What if the results of the count are lower than the federal census numbers?
The official municipal census results must be reported.  The municipality can submit the ‘Municipal Census Form’ with a letter explaining the lower results and requesting the Minister not approve the results for inclusion in the annual Municipal Affairs Population List.
 
16. Can we use telephone and/or internet for census taking?
Yes, the Municipal Census Manual outlines the approved criteria for when and how telephone data collection and electronic census may be utilized.  If the municipality wants to use any other method of counting, the municipality must obtain prior approval of the Minister of Municipal Affairs.
 
17. Should we collect names?
According to FOIP, a municipality should only collect personal information that is directly related or required in relation to a municipal program and service.

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