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For the first time in 5 years, the province has accepted the results of our census. The new official population of 116,407, means new funding. The municipality anticipates $2.2 million in new provincial funding.
The results are in, Census 2012 counted 116,407 people in Wood Buffalo. 2012 Population 2010 Population Fort McMurray 72,944 76,797 Rural communities 4,192 4,216 Work camps 39,271 23,325 Total regional population 116,407 104,338
There is a lot of complaining about our lack of services, especially federally/provincially funded ones. According to Mayor Melissa Blake, the Federal census missed thousands of Fort McMurray residents. This doesn’t even include the shadow population of uncounted renters/camp workers.
Wood Buffalo’s population is expected to jump by ~11,000. The increase of ~11,000 is made up of three main groups, people working with the oilsands accounting for ~7,500 of the new residents, the increasing birth-rate accounting for ~1,200 and other … Continue reading