We are now the fastest growing major city in Canada, with a population count of 932,546. Results released last week from the federal census showed that within the city limits, Edmonton grew 14.8 per cent since 2011. The majority of this growth was in new suburbs, mainly south of the Anthony Henday in Ward 9.
The ward boundary corrections were proposed to ensure all wards have roughly equal populations, which respects the democratic principle of “one-person, one-vote.” The corrections balance the number of people between wards. They also ensure wards are designed to have identifiable boundaries, reflect neighbourhoods’ borders and take into account communities with common interests.
As part of the boundary change, eight neighbourhoods – Allard, Blackburne, Blackmud Creek, Callaghan, Cashman, Cavanagh, Richford and Twin Brooks – will move from Ward 9 to Ward 10. This will change the current population of Ward 9 from 104,943 residents down to 87,038. Ward 10 will see a change in population from 60,170 up to 78,075. The optimum population range per ward has been identified as 56,215 to 93,692. To see a MAP click HERE
In spring last year, the City’s Returning Officer held consultation sessions to get feedback from residents on the boundary corrections. The Returning Officer also consulted with impacted community leagues, the Federation of Community Leagues, neighbourhood advisory boards, Edmonton’s school boards and City Administration. During these sessions, residents and groups identified issues related to functionality, identity, advocacy, relationships, and communities of interest. This information was then used to guide the ward boundary recommendations.
The new ward boundaries will be in effect for the 2017 general municipal election, which takes place on October 16, 2017 and the associated four-year term.