A lack of interest in coordinating the city’s 2014 municipal census means the process will be delayed until at least next year.
Legislative Services Manager Audrey Cerny says she is disappointed with the delay, but there just wasn’t quite enough time to line up the technical services needed.
“If I was to speculate I would suggest that perhaps a significant number of other companies who may have been interested are already undertaking census planning with other communities in the province.”
Council will instead consider starting an annual or biannual census as early as next year, which Cerny says does have it’s benefits.
“Some of the significant grants that the city receives are based on population. A couple of the grants are in the neighborhood of $50 and $60 per person. Even if it’s an increase of 1000 people a year, that still is a significant increase.”
The province requires that any census carried out by a municipality must be conducted between April 1 and June 30 of any given year, with the results submitted by September 1.