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Alberta Municipal Affairs Population List


The Municipal Affairs Population Lists contain the populations for Alberta municipalities, Metis Settlements, and First Nations communities, collated by Alberta Municipal Affairs. Each year, municipalities have the option to conduct a municipal census in compliance with the Municipal Government Act and the Determination of Population Regulation 63/2001. In the event a municipality does not conduct a municipal census, Municipal Affairs uses the most current municipal census that was approved by the Minister of Municipal Affairs, or the federal census counts. Upon approval of the Minister, shadow populations are collected by select municipalities, in accordance with the Determination of Population Regulation. Population lists from 2000 to 2013 are provided in both excel and pdf documents for each respective year, and lists from 1913 to 1999 are provided in the form of scanned documents.

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Alberta population by municipality, Metis Settlement and First Nations community

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Municipal Affairs

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The Municipal Affairs Population Lists reflect the populations of Alberta municipalities, Metis Settlements and First Nations communities. The annual population lists are used by some Government of Alberta ministries to determine municipal grants and support various programs and services. The information in the lists is based on municipal census results (Alberta municipalities may choose to conduct a census in any year) or federal census counts. Municipalities that choose to conduct a census are required to report the results to Municipal Affairs by September 1 of that year, and those results are reflected in the population lists. The population counts for Metis Settlements and First Nations communities are provided by Aboriginal Relations. Although municipal census counts need to comply with legislative requirements, the information is subject to reporting errors beyond the control of the department. The Municipal Affairs Population List is not deemed to be an official population estimate for the Government of Alberta. The Alberta Official Statistic for population is the Annual Population Estimates maintained by Treasury Board and Finance, which lists totals for the province and does not include a breakdown by municipality.


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Alberta Municipal Affairs, Municipal Services Branch, 17th Floor Commerce Place, 10155 - 102 Street, Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4L4

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