Canada-wide census enumerations were done every ten years from 1881 to 1951 when they became every five years. However the prairie provinces, which include Alberta, were enumerated every five years starting in 1906.
Due to privacy laws census records are held by Statistics Canada for 92 years before being released to Library & Archives Canada (LAC). Once in the care of LAC it can take a year or more to process and ready the census for public viewing.
Unless marked with a $ all links to available census records are free to view. Some websites may require free registration.
6 Apr 1891
Areas of Alberta were enumerated as Alberta District, Assiniboia (West), and Unorganized Territories.
Alberta District: Banff, Battle River, Calgary, Canmore, Coal Mine, Davisburg, Edmonton, Fish Creek, Fort Saskatchewan, Gleichen, High River, Institutions, Lac La Biche, Lethbridge, McLeod, Morley, Namaka
Assiniboia (West): Medicine Hat, Swift Lake
Unorganized Territories: Athabaska, Buffalo, Canoe Lake, Dunvegan, Fort Chipewyan, Fort Vermilion, Grande Prairie, Lesser Slave Lake, Peace River, Pelican Rapids, Sturgeon Lake, White Fish Lake
1 Jun 1931
Will be transferred to Library & Archives Canada on or after 1 Jun 2023
1 Jun 1936
Alberta, Manitoba & Saskatchewan
Will be transferred to Library & Archives Canada on or after 1 Jun 2028