The County of Grande Prairie will conduct a municipal census from April 3 to May 31, 2024. The primary purpose for conducting the census is to produce a total population count of residents in the County. The count provides the basis for calculating per capita provincial grants for municipalities and informing an electoral boundary review mandated by the Government of Alberta following the dissolution of the Village of Hythe. 

Why is the County conducting a municipal census in 2024?  
The County took over responsibility of the dissolved Village of Hythe in 2021, and as a result, the Government of Alberta requires that the County review its number of councillors and electoral division boundaries before the 2025 municipal election to determine whether growth or decline has created a population imbalance among divisions. 
What is the difference between the municipal census and the federal census?  
The County conducts a count of its residents by way of a municipal census when directed by County Council. In the past two decades, the County conducted its own municipal censuses in 2006 and in 2012. Statistics Canada conducta federal (Canada-wide) census every five years with the last one taking place in 2021. 
What are some of the benefits of conducting a municipal census?  

The updated population count of our growing municipality will also help to: 

  • ensure the County receives appropriate grant funding from the province,  

  • inform local service delivery needs for County residents (such as establishing a police detachment in Clairmont), and 

  • attract new economic development opportunities. 

Who is conducting the municipal census? 
The County awarded the municipal census project, and the associated electoral boundary review, to ISL – a firm with an office in Grande Prairie, headquartered in Edmonton. 
Can I become a municipal census worker 
ISL is currently hiring a team of local people to serve as census workers for the project. If you are interested in applying for a census worker position, please visit ISL’s careers webpage or view the the census enumerator posting here.  
Where can I find ongoing updates about the municipal census
Please stay tuned to this page. More information about the municipal census project and what to expect during the census collection period will be released in March.  
Where can I learn more about the electoral boundary review? 
In the coming months, the County will set up a webpage dedicated to the electoral boundary review portion of the project. The link will be posted here.