The County of Grande Prairie is conducting a municipal census from April 3 to May 31, 2024. The primary purpose for conducting the census is to produce a total population count of residents in the County. The count provides the basis for calculating per capita provincial grants for municipalities and informing an electoral boundary review mandated by the Government of Alberta following the dissolution of the Village of Hythe. 

County census workers are distributing Personal Identification Number (PIN) cards to all County households. Your PIN is required to complete the census. Most PIN cards should be distributed to County residences by April 9. All remaining PIN cards will be distributed by April 26. If you haven’t received a PIN card by April 26, please call the County’s Census Coordinator at 587-726-1686.

Complete the 2024 Municipal Census

Why is the County conducting a municipal census in 2024?  
The County took over responsibility of the dissolved Village of Hythe in 2021, and as a result, the Government of Alberta requires that the County review its number of councillors and electoral division boundaries before the 2025 municipal election to determine whether growth or decline has created a population imbalance among divisions. 
What is the difference between the municipal census and the federal census?  
The County conducts a count of its residents by way of a municipal census when directed by County Council. In the past two decades, the County conducted its own municipal censuses in 2006 and in 2012. Statistics Canada conducta federal (Canada-wide) census every five years with the last one taking place in 2021. 
What are some of the benefits of conducting a municipal census?  

The updated population count of our growing municipality will also help to: 

  • ensure the County receives appropriate grant funding from the province,  

  • inform local service delivery needs for County residents (such as establishing a police detachment in Clairmont), and 

  • attract new economic development opportunities. 

Who is conducting the municipal census? 
The County awarded the municipal census project, and the associated electoral boundary review, to ISL – a firm with an office in Grande Prairie, headquartered in Edmonton. 
Can I become a municipal census worker 
ISL is hiring a team of local people to serve as census workers for the project. If you are interested in applying for a census worker position, please visit ISL’s careers webpage or view the the census enumerator posting here.  
Where can I find ongoing updates about the municipal census

Please stay tuned to this page or subscribe for updates at www.countygp.ab.ca/engage.

Ongoing information about the municipal census project and what to expect during the census collection period will be released here and at www.countygp.ab.ca/engage 

Where can I learn more about the electoral boundary review? 
Ongoing information about the electoral boundary review portion of the project will be released at www.countygp.ab.ca/engage 
How secure will my census information be once collected by the County? 
  • The County and ISL will be using Online Census, a software solution used by more than 50 Alberta municipalities over the past 15 years to successfully conduct over 200 municipal censuses.  

  • Online Census stores data in a secure Canadian facility. 

  • All data collected from individual residents through the census is protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection (FOIPP) Act and will not be published. 

A Personal Identification Number (PIN) is required to complete the census. When can I expect to receive my PIN card?
  • Most Personal Identification Number (PIN) cards should be distributed to County residences by April 9. All remaining PIN cards will be distributed by April 26. If you haven’t received a PIN card by April 26, please call the County’s Census Coordinator at 587-726-1686.

Please note: Census workers will be early. The PIN cards say that door knocking will start on April 20, but this will now begin on April 15.
  • Due to the size of the County and the number of residences the census workers need to visit, the County has decided to start census workers (enumerators) and the door-to-door census collection on April 15.

I live in a Seniors Home. How will I complete the census?

  • Seniors Homes are being done as a collective with the facility manager providing all the information to the Census Coordinator.