Wednesday, April 4, 2012

2012 Civic Census Underway

As of April 1, over 800 Census Takers (carrying The City of Calgary photo ID) have been knocking on doors throughout the city to complete the 2012 Civic Census.

Every year, The City conducts a census to get an official count of the population and dwelling units. Information will also be collected on ownership, school support and number of pre-school children.

Your participation in the Civic Census is essential and will only take a couple of minutes.

All census information you provide is confidential and covered by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act – census results are reported on a community basis so that each dwelling is unidentifiable.

If you’re not home when the census taker comes to your house, they’ll leave a notice asking you to call them to complete the Census.

Census data is important for City decision making on population-based services, such as police services, fire services, transportation services and planning, roads services, recreation programming and community planning.

Census information is used by:
  • The Province to determine municipal per capita (population) grants, which support areas such as police and libraries. 
  • City business units to make decisions about public services, such as transportation, roads, transit, fire protection, police services and recreation. 
  • School Boards for enrollment predictions, future schools, transportation needs, etc.
For more information on the census and previous year’s census data, visit Census results will be available about three months after the census is taken.

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