2016 Census

Canada’s census results are in and Statistics Canada states that the population of Okotoks in 2016 is 28,881.

The census collects demographic information on every man, woman and child living in Canada. Information from the census will be used by governments, businesses, associations, community organizations and many others to make important decisions for your community, your province or territory, and the entire country.

Census information is important for your community and is used in planning services such as schools, public transportation, senior housing and police and fire services.

Population estimates obtained from the census are used to allocate transfer payments from the federal government to the provinces and territories, and from the provinces to municipalities.

Census FAQs
What is a census and why does the Town need to conduct one?

A municipal census is an official count of the number of people living in Okotoks at a given point in time.

The primary purpose for conducting the census is to produce an accurate population count. This count provides the basis for calculating per capita grants received by the Town of Okotoks. These grants represent a substantial amount of money and improve the quality of life for Okotokians.

Residents of all municipalities use public services such as schools, roads, recreational facilities, emergency services, police services and libraries. Current, reliable census data is an essential tool to consumers which enables them to anticipate and adapt to change. Basing decisions on constantly updated demographics results in more appropriate use of revenue and resources. It also allows consumers to be proactive in their response to multiple demands, shifts in priorities and rapid changes that the future will bring.

In Canada, the Federal Census is taken every five years. The next census will be held in May 2016 and will provide a statistical portrait of the country and its people.  In Canada, it is mandatory for all residents to participate in the census. This includes Canadian citizens, landed immigrants, refugee claimants, and people who hold a work or study permit.

How is the census taken?

Each household will receive instructions about the census in early May 2016. At that time, you can decide if your household will complete a census questionnaire online or on paper.

What happens to the information that I provide?

The information that you provide will be kept confidential, in accordance with the Statistics Act. Your information may be used by Statistics Canada in support of our other surveys, or for analysis. No one outside of Statistics Canada can have access to information that identifies individuals.

Who must complete a questionnaire?

In Canada, it is mandatory for all residents to complete the census questionnaire. Information on whom to include in the questionnaire can be found on the census website and on the questionnaire itself, in the section “Whom to include in Step B”.

If you think there might be person(s) in your household who should not complete a census questionnaire, call the Census Help Line at 1-855-700-2016, starting May 2, 2016.

How are my responses used and why should I participate in the census?

Your responses to the census are added to the responses of everyone else who lives in Canada, to compile statistics that help communities plan services such as day care centres, schools, health care, language classes, police, fire protection and residences for senior citizens.

You, your family and your community benefit from the census. When you participate in the census, it means better information for your community.

There is also a law in Canada that says you must complete the questions asked in the census questionnaire. This law, the Statistics Act, also ensures that your census information is kept confidential.

We depend on you!

Completing the census is both a civic responsibility and a legal requirement for all people living in Canada. When you complete your census questionnaire, you continue a tradition that goes back 350 years—from a few pioneer villages in 1666, to today’s large and prosperous country.

What if I need help?

Starting May 2, 2016, you can call the Census Help Line (CHL) at 1-855-700-2016, Monday to Friday between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., or Saturday and Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., if:

  • you need help completing your questionnaire or want information about the census
  • someone in your household would prefer to complete a separate questionnaire
  • you need more than one questionnaire for your household
  • you want a new census questionnaire, or a questionnaire in French
  • you want a copy of the questions in a language other than English or French.

The CHL is a free service and is available in many languages.

Archived Census Results
2015 Census

Census data was gathered from May 6 to June 22, 2015 to assist in planning the future of our community and to calculate grants.

Results of the 2015 Municipal Census has determined that the population of Okotoks as of May 6, 2015 is 28,016.

We thank all residents for participating.

2014 Census

A 2014 Municipal Census was conducted in Okotoks to capture the annual population increase in order to maximize future per capita grant funding opportunities. The census was conducted from May 7 to June 27, 2014. One question was asked: What is the usual number of residents that live in this household as of May 7, 2014?

PIN numbers were delivered to 9,461 households encouraging residents to complete the census online. This year 49.7% of residents used the online option, as compared to last year’s participation of 42.8%.

The total number of residents in the Town of Okotoks as of May 7, 2014 is 27,331.  The Town’s population has increased by 1,012 residents (3.8%) from the 2013 census count of 26,319.