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1996 Census Data
Census 2001 Boundary Files 2001

The Canadian Census is conducted by Statistics Canada every four years and provides a statistical portrait of the country and its people. This data is a valuable part of geo-spatial decision-making process. Census data can be used in a myriad of applications including market research, site location analysis, and in planning community services such as; healthcare, education, transportation, day-care, emergency services, and much more. Two data products from the 1996 Canadian Census are available:
  1. The Census Demographic Data
  2. Census Demographic Boundaries
In addition, this data is available in several GIS formats to ensure easy integration with the DMTI Census Demographic Data files. The 1996 Census Demographic Boundary files are available at the following levels of geography; Forward Sortation Area (FSA), Enumeration Area (EA), Census Subdivision (CSD), Census Division (CD), Census Metropolitan Area/Census Agglomeration (CMA/CA), Census Tract (CT), Federal Electoral Division (FED).

Table of Contents


    1. Census Division (CD) level
    2. Metropolitan Area and Census Aggomeration (CMA/CA)
    3. Census Subdivision (CSD) level
    4. Census Tract (CT) level
    5. Emuneration Area(EA) level
    6. Federal Electoral District (FED) level
    7. Forward Sortation Area
    8. Canada Directory

Census Division (CD) level


Documentation
Census Division is the general term applied to areas established by provincial law which are intermediate geographic areas between the municipality (census subdivision) and the province level. Census divisions represent counties, regional districts, regional municipalities and other types of provincially legislated areas.
  1. 1996 Census Demographic Data and Boundaries: Census Division Level (format {pdf}, 794 Kb)

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Census Division Boundary file
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1.6 MB
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Metropolitan Area and Census Aggomeration (CMA/CA)


Documentation
The census metropolitan area, as well as the census agglomeration is a very large urban area (urban core) together with adjacent urban and rural areas that have a high degree of social and economic integration with the urban core. A CMA has an urban core population of at least 100,000 based on the previous census. A CA has an urban core population of at least 10,000 based on the previous census. A CMA may be consolidated with adjacent census agglomerations if they are socially and economically integrated, forming an area know as a consolidated CMA.
  1. 1996 Census Demographic Data and Boundaries: Census Metropolitan Area Level (format {pdf}, 694 Kb)

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Metropolitan Area and Census
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405 KB
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Description
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Census Subdivision (CSD) level


Documentation
Census Subdivision is the general term applied to municipalities (as determined by provincial legislation) or their equivalent (for example, Indian reserves, Indian settlements and unorganized territories).
  1. 1996 Census Demographic Data and Boundaries: Census Subdivision Level (format {pdf}, 867 Kb)

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Census Subdivision file
7.7 MB
5.9 MB
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csd
Description
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Aboriginal data
89 KB
89 KB
csd
Age ,Sex and Marital status
620 KB
620 KB
csd
Structural type of dwellings
147 KB
147 KB
csd
Occupied Private Dwellings and Housing Costs
313 KB
313 KB
csd
Education
314 KB
314 KB
csd
Ethnic Origin and Population (1)
484 KB
484 KB
csd
Ethnic Origin and Population (2)
206 KB
206 KB
csd
Families: Number, Type and Structure
389 KB
389 KB
csd
Families: Social and Economic Characteristics
203 KB
203 KB
csd
Household Activities
497 KB
497 KB
csd
Immigration and Citizenship
267 KB
267 KB
csd
Sources of Income, Earnings (1)
945 KB
945 KB
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Sources of Income, Earnings (2)
2 MB
2 MB
csd
Labour Market Activities (1)
2 MB
2 MB
csd
Labour Market Activities (2)
2 MB
2 MB
csd
Mother Tongue, Home Language (1)
187 KB
187 KB
csd
Mother Tongue, Home Language (2)
334 KB
334 KB
csd
Mobility and Migration
192 KB
192 KB
csd
Place of Work and Mode of Transportation
268 KB
268 KB
csd

Census Tract (CT) level


Documentation
Census tracts are small geographic units representing urban or rural neighbourhood-like communities created in CMAs and CAís with an urban core population of 50,000 or more at the previous census. The population of CTís typically range between 2,500 and 8,000.
  1. 1996 Census Demographic Data and Boundaries: Census Tract Level (format {pdf}, 688 Kb)

Data
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Census Tract data
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Enumeration Area (EA) level


Documentation
An enumeration area is the geographic area canvassed by one census representative. It is the smallest geographic area for which census data is reported. An enumeration area may contain approximately 125 to 440 dwellings depending if it is located in a rural or urban area respectively.
  1. 1996 Census Demographic Data and Boundaries: Enumeration Area Level (format {pdf}, 780 Kb)

Data
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Census Tract data
27 MB
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Federal Electoral District (FED) level


Documentation
A federal electoral district (FED) refers to any place or territorial area entitled to elect a representative member to serve in the House of Commons. The FEDs are revised by the Electoral Boundaries Commission and prepared by the Chief Electoral Officer after each decennial census.
  1. 1996 Census Demographic Data and Boundaries: Federal Electoral District Level (format {pdf}, 674 Kb)

Data
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Federal Electoral District files
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Forward Sortation Area (FSA) level


Documentation
A Forward Sortation Area boundary, or FSA, is defined as the first three characters of a postal code, which represent a geographic area.
  1. FSA boundaries across Canada
  2. 1,605 boundaries
  3. Province abbreviation code

  1. 1996 Census Demographic Data and Boundaries: Federal Electoral District Level (format {pdf}, 674 Kb)

Data
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Forward Sortation Area files (Shore)
7.0 MB
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Forward Sortation Area files (UnShore)
3.8 MB
2.2 MB
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Canada Directory


Documentation
The Canada Directory included consists of area code boundaries, time zone boundaries, provincial boundaries, regional municipality boundaries, DMTI topographic boundaries, DMTI national coarse water and 1996 census subdivisions ("CSD") boundaries and data.
  1. 1996 Census Demographic Data and Boundaries: Census Division Level (format {pdf}, 794 Kb)

Data
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Area Code Boundaries
641 KB
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Provincial Boundaries
483 KB
339 KB
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Regional Municipality Boundaries
2.1 MB
1.44 MB
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Topographic Boundaries
355 KB
261 KB
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Time Zone boundaries
320 KB
201 KB
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Time Zone boundaries (2)
321 KB
191 KB
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National coarse water
6.5 MB
3.8 MB
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wat

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