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Geography products

Spatial information products

Overview

Note: Currently available products can be accessed through Census geography: Spatial information products.

Road network files

Digital representations of Canada's national road network, containing information such as street name, types, directions and address ranges.

Availability1: November 17, 2021.

Boundary files

There are two types of boundary files:

  1. Cartographic boundary files portray the geographic areas using only the major land mass of Canada and its costal islands, and;
  2. Digital boundary files portray the full extent of the geographic areas including the coastal water area.

Availability1:

  • November 17, 2021: Geographies made available in this release include CCS, CD, CSD, DA, DB, ER, PR/TERR, ADA, FED, CAR;
  • February 9, 2022: Geographies made available in this release include CMA/CA, CT, POPCTR, DPL, population ecumene (cartographic only);
  • September 21, 2022: The geography made available in this release includes FSA©;
  • September 27, 2022: The geography made available in this release includes Agricultural ecumene (cartographic only).

Feature comparison

Spatial information products: Feature comparison
Feature Road network files Boundary files
Geography levels2

The 2021 Road Network File includes the UID, name and type for each side of a road arc (where applicable) for the following geographic levels:

  • Province
  • Territory
  • CSD
  • Province
  • Territory
  • CD
  • CSD
  • CMA
  • CA
  • ER
  • CT
  • FED
  • DPL
  • POPCTR
  • ADA
  • DA
  • FSA©
  • CAR
  • CCS
  • DB
  • Population ecumene
  • Agricultural ecumene
Format(s)
  • Shapefile (.shp)
  • Geography Markup Language (.gml)
  • File Geodatabase (.gbd)
  • Esri® REST
  • Web Mapping Service (WMS)
  • Shapefile (.shp)
  • Geography Markup Language (.gml)
  • File Geodatabase (.gbd)
  • Esri® REST
  • Web Mapping Service (WMS)
Supporting documentation Yes3 Yes3
Maps

Overview

Note: Currently available products can be accessed through Census geography: Maps.

GeoSearch

An interactive mapping application that makes it easy to find many places in Canada, see them on a map, and get basic geographic and demographic data for those places.

Availability1: Day of release according to the release schedule.

Thematic maps

A thematic map shows the spatial distribution of one or more specific census data themes for standard geographic areas. The map may be qualitative in nature (e.g., predominant mother tongue) or quantitative (e.g., percentage population change).

Availability1: Day of release for selected topics according to the release schedule.

Reference maps

Reference maps illustrate the location of the census standard geographic areas for which census statistical data are tabulated and disseminated.

Availability1: February 9, 2022.

Feature comparison

Maps: Feature comparison
Feature GeoSearch Thematic maps Reference maps
Geography levels2
  • Canada
  • Province
  • Territory
  • CD
  • CSD
  • CMA
  • CA
  • ER
  • CT
  • FED
  • DPL
  • POPCTR
  • ADA
  • DA
  • FSA©
  • DB
  • Dissolved CSD
  • Various4

National maps:

  • Canada
  • CD
  • CMA
  • CA
  • ER
  • MIZ

Census division - census subdivision maps:

  • Province
  • Territory
  • CT
  • FED
Format(s)
  • PDF
  • PNG (8 bits)
  • PNG (32 bits)
  • PDF
  • PDF
Supporting documentation Yes5 Yes3 Yes3
Attribute information products

Overview

Note: Currently available products can be accessed through Census geography: Attribute information products.

GeoSuite

A powerful search tool based on census standard geographic areas. Users may retrieve and query data, explore the links between geographic areas, obtain information on those areas and output data in tabular format.

Availability1: February 9, 2022.

Geographic attribute file

Contains geographic data at the dissemination block level. The file includes population and dwelling counts, land area, geographic codes, names, unique identifiers and, where applicable, types.

Availability1: February 9, 2022.

Correspondence files

Contains unique identifiers for the current census geographic area and the corresponding unique identifier for the previous census geographic area.

Availability1: November 17, 2021.

Feature comparison

Geography attribute information products: Feature comparison
Feature GeoSuite Geographic attribute file Correspondence files
Geography levels2
  • Canada
  • Province
  • Territory
  • CD
  • CSD
  • CMA
  • CA
  • ER
  • CT
  • FED
  • DPL
  • POPCTR
  • ADA
  • DA
  • FSA©
  • DB
  • CCS
  • Non-CMA/CA
  • RA
  • PN

Dissemination block dataset, including data for these areas:

  • Province
  • Territory
  • CD
  • CSD
  • CMA
  • CA
  • ER
  • CT
  • FED
  • DPL
  • POPCTR
  • ADA
  • DA
  • CCS
  • RA
  • MIZ
  • DA
  • DB
Format(s)
  • HTML
  • CSV
  • CSV
  • CSV
Supporting documentation Yes5 Yes3 Yes3
Reference products

Overview

Note: Currently available products can be accessed through Census geography: Reference documents.

Geography Catalogue

Contains information found in the Statistics Canada Online Catalogue. In addition, it provides highlights of what is new about geographic products, illustration of several products, a glossary of geographic terms, a geographic hierarchy diagram and a table showing the number of geographic areas by province and territory.

Availability1: February 9, 2022.

Illustrated Glossary

A tool that helps users take advantage of census statistical data by providing an understanding of terms related to geographic concepts.

Availability1: February 9, 2022.

Reference guides

Most geographic products are accompanied with a reference guide that describes the content, applications, data quality and record layouts.

Availability1: The first edition will be available on November 17, 2021. The second edition will be available on February 9, 2022.

Interim list of changes to municipal boundaries, status, and names

Provides a summary of changes to municipal boundaries, status and names.

Availability1: November 17, 2021.

Feature comparison

Reference documents: Feature comparison
Feature Geography Catalogue Illustrated Glossary Reference guides Interim list of changes to municipal boundaries, status, and names
Format(s)
  • HTML
  • PDF
  • HTML
  • PDF
  • HTML
  • PDF
  • HTML
  • PDF
  • CSV
Custom services

Overview

Note : Further information can be accessed through Custom services, 2021 Census: Geography services.

Custom area creation

This service allows users to define their own geographic areas for census data tabulations. Custom geographic areas are produced from the aggregation of standard geographic areas or blockfaces, where available. Confidentiality constraints apply.

Availability1: Fall 2022.

Custom product creation

Service to produce non-standard geographic products that satisfy clients' individual requirements. Clients may require various custom geographic files, special data retrievals, manipulations of geographic data or combinations of data from a variety of sources. Confidentiality constraints apply.

Availability1: On demand.

Custom map creation

This service provides users with custom thematic maps, reference maps and other user-defined maps, designed and produced specifically to meet their data and/or analytical requirements.

Availability1: On demand.

Print-on-demand

A print-on-demand service is available for maps.

Availability1: On demand.

Feature comparison

Custom geography services: Feature comparison
Feature Custom area creation Custom product creation Custom map creation Print-on-demand
Geography levels User-defined geographic areas User-defined geographic areas User-defined geographic areas User-defined geographic areas
Format(s) Varies based on request Varies based on request Varies based on request Paper copy
Cost Based on the client's specifications and complexity of the request.

More information

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