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City of Lacombe to conduct census in 2019

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Lacombe, Alberta (January 28, 2019) – Council yesterday directed Administration to conduct a municipal census in 2019, to be funded by an adjustment to the Capital Reserve contributions.

Council also designated April 2, 2019, as Census Day in Lacombe.

“Lacombe is growing, and Council needs accurate, up-to-date population information in order to ensure that we get our fair share of available Federal and Provincial grant funding, as many of these grants are calculated on a per capita basis,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “We also need to know how the community is growing, so we can properly plan for municipal services now and for the long term.”

“We only receive grants for people identified in the census, and City staff can only plan and deliver services for those they know about, therefore it is vital that everyone counts themselves in,” said Corporate Services Director Diane Piché.

Information will be delivered to local households before April 2, 2019, on how to complete the 2019 Census online. Any household that does not fill out the census online will have an opportunity to complete it with an enumerator at the door. All Census workers will present City-issued identification, and residents are encouraged to confirm their identities before answering questions.

Census data will be collected from April 2 – June 20, and the results will be submitted to the Province before September 1, 2019.