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Guide to the Census

Guide for understanding the census and creating census maps.


Federal census data are aggregated to standard geographic units, including:

Dissemination Area (DA)

Aggregated Dissemination Area (ADA) new in 2016

Census Tract (CT)

Census Subdivision (CSD)

Census Metropolitan Area (CMA)

Census Division

Federal Electoral District

Forward Sortation Area

Check Statistics Canada's Illustrated Glossary for more definitions and concepts.

Custom tabulation: Calgary Community Districts

Download Geography (Boundary) Files

Scholars GeoPortal Census boundary files 1911-2011

SANDS file server

Statistics Canada Census website

Calgary Community Districts

Canadian Century Research Infrastructure - Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions, 1911-1951

1951 CMA and Census Tract boundaries from UBC, for 16 major Canadian cities, shape format

1981 Census Tract Boundaries from University of Toronto, major Canadian cities, shapefile and jpg formats

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