Census Frequently Asked Questions
The census is conducted annually anywhere between April 1 and June 30.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Spruce Grove Public Library, located at 35 – Fifth Ave., and the Border Paving Athletic Centre, located at 9 Tri Leisure Way, both have computers with Internet access available to complete your census.
You can provide your information directly to a City enumerator when they start going door-to-door.
If, while addressing Council, you wish to ask a question of someone in the Council Chambers, such as an individual member of Council or City Administration, please direct your question to the Chairman. The Chairman will then direct the individual concerned to respond to the question if felt it is appropriate to do so.
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 780-962-2611 ext. 254 or send email.
If you lose your PIN during the census period, please call 780-962-2611 ext. 254 or send email and we will be able to provide you with your PIN.
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.
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.