For Alberta communities struggling financially to provide services to populations of temporary workers, a glimmer of hope

Alberta cities and towns hoping to include what is called shadow populations in their official municipal census figures now have a detailed set of regulations from the province outlining how to do so.

Shadow populations refer to people who live temporarily in a community, usually for work, and consider somewhere else home. Traditionally, such people were not included in routine population counts, sparking concerns from a growing number communities who provide services to them.

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