Canada Census Boundaries

Canada Census Boundaries represents complete hierarchies of political and census boundaries for Canada, and is available in two versions. The Standard version is updated every 5 years following the new Canadian census. The Enhanced version includes selected large water features and more detailed shorelines, and is updated quarterly.


  • Provides a framework for analysis and visual representation within mapping applications
  • Suitable for land use and demographic studies as well as social, economic and market research
  • Includes geographic identifiers link census data to geographic areas
  • Empowers you to create new geographic areas for analysis
  • Enables you to enrich with proprietary data to create thematic maps


  • Align with the Census Road Network File to provide additional geographic context for mapping applications
  • Boundaries roll up from the Dissemination Areas to ensure that all levels overlay correctly and provide a more accurate visual analysis


  • Provinces/Territories: All 10 Provinces and 3 Territories
  • Census Divisions: Counties, regional districts, regional municipalities, and united counties
  • Census Metropolitan Areas/Census Agglomerations (CMA/CA): Urban areas with populations over 100,000
  • Census Subdivisions: Towns, cities, villages, townships, and Indian Reserves
  • Census Tracts: Small communities (average population 4,000)
  • Dissemination Areas (DA): The smallest boundary for which census data is provided, with population from 400-700 persons
  • Aggregate Dissemination Area (ADA): are based on one of three existing census dissemination geographic areas: census tracts (CTs), Census subdivisions (CSDs) or dissemination areas (DAs) a new boundary feature created to offer a contiguous, nationwide boundary layer


Release schedule
Standard - Every 5 years
Enhanced - Quarterly
Unit of Sale
Country, Province

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