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Census 2001: Geographic Files - Documentation

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  • Statistics Canada: Geography Catalogue, 2001 Census (73 pages)
  • Geography Working Paper Series: Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations with Census Tracts for the 2001 Census (131 pages) by Peter Murphy and Henry Puderer
     
  • Cartographic Boundary Files (128 pages)
    • Cartographic Boundary Files are a series of products containing the boundaries of standard geographic areas together with the shoreline around Canada and larger inland lakes, all integrated in a single layer. (The lakes and shorelines are also referred to as hydrography). The coordinates are latitude/longitude and are based on the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83).
    • The Cartographic Boundary Files for 2001 replace the Digital Cartographic Files produced for the 1996 Census.
    • Cartographic Boundary Files (CBF) were created to support the spatial analysis and thematic mapping of data from the 2001Census of Population, where realistic shorelines are required. They can also be used with Census of Agriculture or other Statistics Canada data for data analysis and thematic mapping.
       
  • Census Division and Census Subdivision Reference Maps (32 pages)
    • The Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions Reference Map Series presents census divisions and census subdivisions for all provinces and territories and also displays census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations.
    • The maps are designed to enable users to identify the relative location and boundaries of the geographic areas reported in 2001 Census data publications and to visualise the relationships of the geographic areas shown in the geographic hierarchy.
       
  • Census Tract Reference Maps, by Census Metropolitan Area or Census Agglomeration (36 pages)
    • The Census Tract Reference Maps, by Census Metropolitan Area or Census Agglomeration series presents census tracts for census metropolitan areas and tracted census agglomerations. Census tract names and boundaries are shown on all the maps.
    • There are 27 census metropolitan areas and 113 census agglomerations defined for the 2001 Census. Census tracts are defined for all of the census metropolitan areas and for 19 of the largest census agglomerations. The Census Tract Reference Maps, by Census Metropolitan Area or Census Agglomeration depict the components of the metropolitan hierarchy for those larger urban centres with census tracts.
    • The maps are designed to help the user identify the general location and limits of the geographic areas used in the 2001 Census data publications.
       
  • Dissemination Area Reference Maps (37 pages)
    • The dissemination area reference maps cover three distinct types of areas: census tracts within census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and tracted census agglomerations (CAs); non-tracted CAs; and census divisions outside of CMAs and CAs. All depict the dissemination area as their smallest reference unit. In Canada, there are 52,993 dissemination areas defined for the 2001 Census.
    • The maps are designed to enable users to identify the general location and boundaries of the geographic areas for which 2001 Census data are available.
       
  • Road Network Files (60 pages)
    • The Road Network Files (RNFs) are disseminated to provide geographic reference information for the 2001 Census data. They can be used to reference the boundaries of the geographic areas by which Census data are tabulated or to request retrievals of census data by user defined geographic areas.
    • Road Network Files contain a road layer for the entire country and a province/territory boundary layer. The road layer includes roads, with road names and address ranges (arc attributes), and geographic codes to identify blocks, census subdivisions, census metropolitan areas/census agglomerations, and provinces/territories (polygon attributes). Address ranges are mainly available in the large urban centres of Canada. The province/territory boundary layer incorporates hydrography (the shoreline around Canada and the inland lakes and waterways) with the boundaries and the geographic codes.
    • The Road Network Files are released as a geographic reference for the 2001 Census data. The Road Network Files, in conjunction with Statistics Canada data, can be used for applications such as site location analysis, planning of service delivery or various types of  data analysis and mapping.
       
  • Skeletal Road Network File (45 pages)
    • The Skeletal Road Network File contains selected roads (with road names, but no addresses) that are derived from the Road Network Files. The selected roads are ranked according to four levels of detail. The different levels of detail are suitable for mapping at small to medium scales.  The Skeletal Road Network Files can be used to provide some roads for cartographic reference when producing thematic maps with the Cartographic Boundary Files.
    • Skeletal Road Network Files provide full digital coverage for Canada.