Waterton Municipal Census Update

Waterton Municipal Census Update

Census collection is ongoing. If you have not been contacted by an enumerator, you can email Abe Tinney at abetinney@raymond.ca or call (403) 752-3322 to complete the census for your address. We are collecting numbers for usual residents, seasonal residents and seasonal staff.

An Accurate Municipal Census is Very Important

1.Our provincial grants such as the Municipal Sustainability Initiative (MSI) grant program are based on the censused population. This grant program returns the majority of our education tax levy.

In the past, the Province has used the Federal Census for Waterton (May 10, 2016 Population: 105), which was held early in May when many residents and staff were not here. By conducting our own Municipal Census in the manner of most Alberta municipalities, and by including the shadow population, we will have a much more accurate census of our population. Most municipalities do not include the shadow population; we have Ministerial permission to do so.

This will enhance our proportion of provincial grants in the future. 2019 is both a Provincial and Federal Election year, and a change in government in Alberta and/or Ottawa could well impact grants to municipalities that are based on censused population.

2.Having a current censused population will give us accurate demographic information on residents and our shadow population. This will enhance our ongoing efforts in lobbying the Government of Alberta for such initiatives as seasonal medical services and enhanced EMS support to Waterton.  Our Community Paramedic trial was discontinued as a direct result of our low recorded censused population which appears on the Government of Alberta Municipal Affairs website.

If you know of a person or persons who may have been missed by the enumerators, please contact Abe Tinney at abetinney@raymond.ca or (403)752-3322.

Your assistance and cooperation is appreciated.

Thank you.

The Council of Improvement District #4

Waterton Park, Alberta

Jody Thaell, Chair

Ken Black, Dennis Pollock, Brian Reeves, Brian Baker