Geographies

Community Data Program Data are available at various levels of geography. Not all geographies are available for all tables. The following gives an overview of geographies.  All the Geographic files are available from the Member's Data Catalog.

Geography Guides

Standard geography definitions

  • CMA: Census Metropolitain Area; combines nearby municipalities
  • CSD: Census Sub Division; single municipality
  • FSA: Forward Sortation Area, first three digits of the postal code
  • CT: Census Tract; generally has population of 2,000-8,000 persons
  • DA: Dissemination Area (each CT usually has 3-10 DAs); smallest geography produced by StatCan

Custom geographies (2006 Census)

Ontario Custom includes:

  • Region of Halton – Planning Districts (43), Wards (20) and Policing zones (46)
  • City of Hamilton – Former Municipalities (6), Wards (15), Urban Rural (2) and Planning Units (237)
  • City of Ottawa – Wards (23), Planning Areas (20)
  • Region of Peel – Wards (26) 
  • City of Toronto – Wards (44), Former Municipalities (6), and Neighbourhoods (140)
  • Regional Municipality of Waterloo – Planning Districts (110)n Neighbourhoods (??)

Western Custom includes:

  • City of Calgary - Health Region (1) and City Community Districts (244)
  • City of Edmonton – Neighbourhoods (350)
  • Metro Vancouver: Urban Centres (26)
  • City of Winnipeg – N'bourhood Characterization Areas (230), Electoral Wards (15), Electoral Committee Areas (5), WHRA N'bourhood Clusters (25), WHRA Community Areas (12), River East (w/o E.St.Paul) & Seven Oaks (w/o W.St.Paul) (2), WRHA Authority Area (1), Downtown (Aggregate of defined NCAs) (1), Inner City (Aggregate of defined NCAs) (1), Non-Inner City (City - Inner City NCAs) (1), Total City of Winnipeg (All NCAs) (1), Wpg Urban Region (1), Non-Wpg Urban Region (Aggregate 21 Satellite Centres Only) (1), Tribal Councils (7), Health Municipalities (273), Satellite Centres around Winnipeg (Aggregate of 9 Centres) (1) and Community Centres Areas (71)

Quebec Custom includes:

  • City of Montreal – CSLC (28) and Boroughs (29)