According to the latest federal census result, Fort Saskatchewan is growing fast.

The Government of Canada recently released the 2021 census results, showing the current population of Fort Saskatchewan at 27,088. This is a 12 per cent increase in population from the 2016 federal census total of 24,169.

According to mayor Gale Katchur, these numbers also aren't entirely accurate. The results do not consider the 500 inmates at the correction centre, and they have a 2 per cent error ratio, so she believes the population actually may be higher.

"We have a great lifestyle which people enjoy. The outdoor and indoor recreation opportunities, and I really think the proximity in the Alberta Industrial Heartland is one of our strongest features because people want to live close to where they're working. That way, they can have a quality of life; they can get home quickly, and there are lots of activities to do within their communities."

Fort Saskatchewan is the eighth fastest-growing city in Alberta with a population of over 10,000 and has the third-largest growth rate in the Edmonton metro region.

"City council, over the last number of years, has been dealing with the growth that has been occurring in Fort Saskatchewan. I think as we look at our capital budget going forward, there are definitely going to be new amenities that are required. So as we look at our capital budget, that's something that we will have to perfect."

Strathcona County, Bruderheim, Gibbons, Morinville and Redwater also saw growth from the last census, though none saw as big a jump as Fort Saskatchewan.

Sturgeon County, Bon Accord, Chipman, Lamont, Lamont County, Legal and Millet saw a decreased population in the census results.