For more than ten years, Lac Ste. Anne County Councils have wrestled with the growing inequity of the current divisional boundaries due to population growth.Using the 2016 Federal Census Data to better reflect the current population, County Council has approved new boundaries that will take effect for the municipal election being held in October this year.
Knowing which division you reside in is very important. and additional information and tools are currently being developed to assist in this regard. Further information regarding the boundary changes will be mailed, published in the Bulletin, and available in the Geographic Services section of the County website. Please contact Lac Ste. Anne County at 1-866-880-5722, if you require any additional assistance.
Divisional Boundary Changes Final
In Lac Ste. Anne County, the elected representatives that serve as Councillors are elected from seven single-member divisions during a municipal election held in October every four years. It is preferable for electoral divisions to provide fair representation, by having all Councillors represent approximately the same number of people. As the population grows and shifts division boundaries require adjustment.
Based on the 2016 Federal Census Data, Lac Ste. Anne County now has a population of 10,899. Based on the historical divisional boundaries, this creates a significant discrepancy in the number of people represented in some Divisions. For example, Division 1 (largest by population) when compared to Division 7 (smallest by population), the difference in populations was nearly 1,000 before County Council undertook to make changes in the boundaries.
County Councillors have understood the issue, and for the last three terms have been working to bring the legislative changes required to address the issue. The current County Council was aware that failure to address the issue this year would leave the disparity in electoral division representation unchecked for other four years, until the next election. To highlight the impact of the changes, the three most populous divisions represented 50% more residents per Councillor than the three least populous. Following the changes this rate is now only 8%.