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1906 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta

Source Information

  • Title 1906 Canada Census of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta 
    Source ID S338 
    Text Original data: Library and Archives Canada. Census of the Northwest Provinces, 1906. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 2008. <>. Series RG31-C-1. Statistics Canada Fonds. Microfilm reels: T-18353 to T-18363.

    The population of Canada's western half grew significantly in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as the Canadian Pacific Railway was completed and immigrants began to settle in the area. The province of Manitoba, which was originally created in 1870 and was comprised basically of the city of Winnipeg, continued to expand in size over the years. In 1905 its borders were redefined as the provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan were created.
    Because these provinces did not exist (except for Manitoba to some degree) in 1901 when the previous census was conducted and because the government wanted to keep track of the rising population in these regions of the country, a special census of the Prairie provinces was ordered to be taken in 1906. A separate census was taken for the Prairie provinces 5 years after every national census from 1906-1956. In 1956 national censuses began being taken every 5 years.

    For the 1906 census each province was divided into census districts. These districts were subsequently divided into sub-districts. Districts were roughly equivalent to electoral districts, cities, and counties. Sub-Districts were based off of towns, townships, and survey land descriptions. Each District and Sub-District was assigned a number for administrative purposes. The District Number is unique only to the province in which it belongs and the Sub-District Number is unique only to the District in which it belongs.

    Individuals were to be enumerated at their usual place of abode, even if they were not at that residence on the day of enumeration 
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