Monday, March 29, 2010

City census takers and enumerators to visit Calgary homes

Between April 1 and 21, over 800 City census takers/enumerators will be knocking on Calgary doors.

Every year, The City conducts a census to get an official count of the population and dwelling units and every three years, during elections, enumeration data is used to plan for general and by-elections to improve service for voters on Election Day.

“Census is extremely important,” says Melanie Hulsker, Leader, Elections & Census. “It provides up-to-date demographic information which allows us to plan for population services like transit, police and fire.

This information is also used for community planning, transportation planning and budgetary decisions.

“The population of Calgary is used for per-capita grant funding information for the province,” says, Hulsker.

The number of eligible voter Information will be collected as well as data regarding the number of pre-school children, pets as well as school system support.

All census information is confidential and reported on a community basis so that each dwelling is unidentifiable. All information collected by the civic census is covered by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

It is very important to count yourself in to ensure information is collected for the Census and October Municipal Election. If residents are not home at the time of visit, the census taker/enumerator will leave a notice of Municipal Census Call. Residents are asked to call the census taker/enumerator at the number provided on the notice to complete their census and enumeration.

If residents are missed during the collection period, they are asked to call the Election and Information Services office at 403-476-4100 (option 3) to provide their information over the phone.

For more information on the census and previous year’s census data, visit the Civic Census page. This year’s results will be available about three months after the census is taken.

The Census takers will be wearing a City of Calgary issued numbered photo identification badge.

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