Census FAQs




When is the census?

The census is conducted annually anywhere between April 1 and June 30.

 

Why does the City of Spruce Grove conduct a census?

Conducting a census gives the City an official door-to-door count of the number of people living in Spruce Grove. Many provincial and federal grants are awarded based on the data that is collected through a census. Census data is also used to make informed decisions about future growth and delivery of services such as transit, recreational facilities and emergency response. School boards, businesses and other interested parties may also use the statistical data for planning purposes.

 

What will the City of Spruce Grove do to ensure my privacy?

All responses are kept strictly confidential and the information obtained will only be used to form statistical data. No information specific to any individual resident will be released. The information collected will be treated in accordance to Section 33 (c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, R.S.A. 2000.

 

What types of questions will the census ask?

The questions asked through the census include the number of residents in each home, their age and gender, where they work and the type of dwelling.

 

How can I provide my census information?

There are two options: online or door-to-door enumeration during the census period. You can provide your census information online  using the PIN that will be delivered to your household. If you prefer, you can provide your information when City enumerators begin going door to door. Enumerators will only visit residences where the census has not already been completed online. All responses must be received by the scheduled census completion date.

 

Why should I provide my census information online?

Responding online gives you the flexibility to provide your census information at your convenience. Once you complete your census online, your household will immediately be counted and you will not receive a follow up visit from a City enumerator.

 

I would like to complete my census online but I do not have a computer with Internet access at home. Where can I go to complete the online census?

The Spruce Grove Public Library External, located at 35 – Fifth Ave., has computers with internet access available to complete your census.

 

What if I don’t want to complete my census online?

You can provide your information directly to a City enumerator when they start going door-to-door.

 

I received my PIN, but my address is wrong. What should I do?

In some cases, your mailing address may not be the same as your municipal address, which is what the City uses to collect census information. For example, if you receive your mail through a post office box, your census card will reflect your street address. If you have any questions regarding your address, please call 780-962-7634 ext. 254 or send email Email

 

What happens if I lose my PIN?

If you lose your PIN during the census period, please call 780-962-7634 ext. 254 or send email Email and we will be able to provide you with your PIN.

 

How secure is the census information I provide online?

Each household has been assigned a unique PIN to ensure your information is kept secure. As well, all the information you provide online is encrypted to provide additional security.

 

Do I have to answer all the questions asked?

Your participation in a municipal census is voluntary; however, the participation of every resident contributes to the accuracy of the data collected and the direction of future growth in your community.

 

When will the census results be released?

The 2016 Municipal Census Report was presented to Council on August 15, 2016.  This report, along with other historical census data, is available on our Census website.