Welcome to the 2019 Municipal Census 


Use of Personal Information

The personal information is collected under the authority of Section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, RSA 2000, c F-25, and is used solely to verify census information.

Questions about collection of this personal information can be directed to the County’s FOIP Coordinator at 10307 100 Street – McArthur Place, Lac La Biche, or by phone at (780) 623-1747.

The information provided in response to the municipal census is used for statistical purposes only and is not released in a format that can be connected to an individual, household or municipal address.


 Who to Count for the Census 

Only Permanent Residents of dwelling, or residents who qualify as members of the “Shadow Population”, should contribute to the total resident count of any one dwelling.

1.   Who should be counted as a Permanent Resident of a dwelling?* 

*Please note, the definition of a Permanent Resident for the purpose of the census is different than that of the federal government for the purpose of matters pertaining to immigration.


i. all persons who usually live in the dwelling, even if they are temporarily away (such as on a business trip or at school), such as college/university students* who have not established a usual residence elsewhere;

ii. any persons staying at or visiting the dwelling if they have no other usual home;

iii. hotel residents and employees who have no usual home elsewhere;

iv. persons in the Armed Forces even if away on tour/rotation;

v. infants born before or on April 17, 2019;

vi. deceased persons who were alive on April 17, 2019;

vii. any persons who usually live in the dwelling, but are currently in an institution (such as a hospital or correctional institution). However, if they have been in the institution for more than six months, do not include them as a usual resident of the dwelling.

*Students are included as usual residents at their home (i.e. parents' home) if they have not established a usual residence elsewhere. If the student rents accommodation for the purposes of attending an educational institution but usually resides with other family members who are usual residents in Alberta, the student is still deemed to reside with those family members.

Note:  A person can have only one place of usual residence.  If a person has more than one residence in Alberta, that person shall designate one place of residence as the person’s usual residence.  A person’s usual residence is the place where the person lives and sleeps and to which, when the person is absent from it, the person intends to return.  A person shall designate the person’s usual residence in accordance with the following factors in the following order of priority:

(a) the address shown on the person’s driver’s licence or motor vehicle operator’s licence issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta, or on an identification card issued by or on behalf of the Government of Alberta;

(b) the address to which the person’s income tax correspondence is addressed and delivered;

(c) the address to which the person’s mail is addressed and delivered.

Do not include as Permanent Residents:

i. temporary residents (those who have a usual residence elsewhere);

ii. members of the household who are now in an institution and have been there for the past six months or longer;

iii. visitors and those persons who have a usual residence elsewhere;

iv. infants born after the census date (April 17, 2019);

v. college/university students who have a usual residence elsewhere;

vi. members of the household who live elsewhere;

vii. persons living at temporary residences, such as vacation homes.

2.   Who should be counted as “Shadow Population” Residents?


      i.        Those individuals who are employed by a commercial or industrial establishment in Lac La Biche County, who:

a.    Have worked in the municipality for a minimum of 30 days between January 1, 2019 and April 17, 2019; and

b.    Reside temporarily at a dwelling (work camp, house, workplace accommodation, etc.) in Lac La Biche County for the purpose of their employment; and

c.     Consider this dwelling their temporary place of residents on April 17, 2019.

Do not include:

      i.        a person who is counted as a permanent resident of Lac La Biche County.