The Municipal District of Taber is getting ready for a new census to take place.
Beginning on April 15, the M.D. informed Municipal Affairs that they plan on conducting a new census of their region’s population.
For their 2016 interim budget, the M.D. earmarked $30,000 for the census to take place. The reasoning behind it is that since many government grants are based on population, if their census shows that their population numbers have gone up then both the federal and provincial governments will use those figures when considering grant applications.
“All of our grant funding, large components are based upon population,” said Derrick Krizsan, CAO for the M.D. “So the cost benefit for doing one is to our advantage. Certainly we’ve grown over the last four years, it’s matter of keeping up on those numbers.”
The last federal census was in 2011, and it had the population of the M.D at 6,851, up 9.2 per cent from 2006, with a population density of 5.7 people living in a square kilometre
The M.D.’s last census was in 2013, where it has 7,116 people living in the municipality, with 1,386 people living within the various Hamlets and 5,730 living in the more rural sections.