City of Edmonton

Census workers will be knocking door-to-door until approximately the end of the month. (CBC News)

It’s that time of year again — starting on Saturday, city officials will be going door-to-door in neighbourhoods across Edmonton collecting data for the municipal census.

The survey includes questions about the number of residents in the household, primary language spoken at home, marital status and the type of transportation used to get from home to work. Answering questions only takes a few minutes, say city officials.

“Accurate census information is vital to delivering city services,” said Laura Kennedy, director of elections and census services for the City of Edmonton, in a news release. “With reliable numbers, we can more accurately plan for the services, facilities and infrastructure that we will need.”

All census workers will be wearing photo identification. If the identification is not plainly visible, city officials urge residents to ask to see it before providing any information.

The census workers will be collecting information until approximately the end of the month.

At the end of April, the city wrapped up its inaugural online form of the census. Approximately 30 per cent of the city opted to fill in the digital survey.

The last municipal census was conducted in 2012.