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"A message has to be sent... to take less of a profit and provide better service to your customers"
- Mayor Bruce Decoux  


The population of Crowsnest Pass has dropped by 184 in the past five years, according to the 2011 Canadian census which was conducted last May.
Results showed that Crowsnest Pass currently has an enumerated population of 5,565 - a 3.2 per cent drop from the previous figure of 5,749 in 2006.
Among the total of 3,234 private dwellings in the community, 2,586 were found to be occupied on a permanent basis by regular residents.
Enumeration also showed a population density of 14.9 people per square kilometre within the 373 square kilometre area which comprises Crowsnest Pass.
The drop in population is in keeping with a trend which has been observed in Crowsnest Pass for the past 10 years.
The 2006 census showed an 8.2 per cent decline from 2001, when the population of the area totaled 6,262.
Municipal Director of Finance and Systems Marion Vanoni said she was concerned going into the census as to what the result would be.
“I had anticipated that our population had increased more than it had,” she said.
Municipalities receive government grant allocations based on population, meaning that when a population decreases, there is the potential that funding could as well.
“There will be an impact but it is going to be fairly minimal,” said Vanoni.
“A lot of our grant programs have a baseline for how much funding they will allocate, so we get a certain amount no matter what.”
“Anything over and above that population baseline will determine additional per capita funding, so this will have some impact but it will not be anything major,” she said.
Vanoni said she has prepared preliminary calculations which she will present to Council later this month.
Mayor Bruce Decoux said there are several factors which have likely contributed to the population decline.
“In 2006 we were at a peak economically and after that we went into the doldrums all across the country,” said Decoux.

“We lost a lot of people the minute the economy turned downward, as people began moving elsewhere to look for work.”
He said another contributing factor is high school graduates and seniors moving away from the community.
“We are also losing a lot of people who are moving elsewhere because we don’t have the facilities to keep them here,” he said.
“Council and Administration are working on a lot of things to attract residents that will be coming to fruition in the coming weeks.”
Further north, the cities of Calgary and Edmonton were found to have the highest population growth of any other cities in the country as a result of the 2011 census, with Calgary’s population rising 12.6 per cent to 1,096,833 and Edmonton seeing an increase of 12.1 per cent to 812,201.
These increases greatly contributed to an Alberta-wide population increase of 354,907, making the province the fourth most populated in the country, behind Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia.
Other overall increases in population across the country have resulted in the total Canadian population rising to approximately 33.5 million - a 5.9 per cent jump from 2006 - and giving Canada the highest growth rate among G8 countries.
The increase is attributed not only to natural increase (the difference between birth and mortality rates) but also to a high level of immigration to Canada.
Further information collected during the National Household Survey and short-form census – including age, sex, marital status, family relationships and language - will be released later this year.
Information gathered through the census will be kept confidential for the next 96 years.
This information plays a pivotal role in planning for community services such as schools, child care facilities and police and fire departments, as well as giving a representation of each community.
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