The CENSUS GEOGRAPHIC UNITS OF CANADA are the administrative
divisions defined and used by Canada's federal government statistics
In some provinces, a census division also corresponds to a county or another similar unit of political organization, while in other provinces the boundaries are chosen arbitrarily as no such level of government exists. Two of Canada's three territories are also divided into census divisions.
* 1 Census divisions * 2 Census consolidated subdivisions * 3 Census subdivisions * 4 Dissemination areas
* 5 Specially-defined geographic units
* 5.1 Census metropolitan areas * 5.2 Census agglomerations * 5.3 Census tracts * 5.4 Population centres * 5.5 Designated places * 5.6 Localities
* 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links
See also: List of census divisions of
Canada's second-level geographic units are called "census divisions". In terms of size, they generally lie between the top-level administrative divisions of the province and territory and third-level administrative divisions such as sections, townships and ranges . Census divisions are divided into census subdivisions (see section below).
Nature of Canada's census divisions by province or territory PROVINCE/TERRITORY NATURE OF CENSUS DIVISIONS
Newfoundland and Labrador
In most cases, a census division corresponds to a single unit of the
appropriate type listed above. However, in a few cases, Statistics
* In Ontario, Haldimand
In almost all such cases, the division in question was formerly a
single unit of the standard type, which was divided into multiple
units by its province after the
CENSUS CONSOLIDATED SUBDIVISIONS
A census consolidated subdivision is a geographic unit between census division and census subdivision. It is a combination of adjacent census subdivisions typically consisting of larger, more rural census subdivisions and smaller, more densely populated census subdivisions.
Census subdivisions generally correspond to the municipalities of
Canada, as determined by provincial and territorial legislation. They
can also correspond to area which are deemed to be equivalents to
municipalities for statistical reporting purposes, such as Indian
reserves , Indian settlements , and unorganized territories where
municipal level government may not exist. Statistics
Dissemination areas are the smallest standard geographic unit in
SPECIALLY-DEFINED GEOGRAPHIC UNITS
CENSUS METROPOLITAN AREAS
See template below for links to census metropolitan areas by size.
A "census metropolitan area" (CMA) is a grouping of census subdivisions comprising a large urban area (the "urban core") and those surrounding "urban fringes" with which it is closely integrated. To become a CMA, an area must register an urban core population of at least 100,000 at the previous census. CMA status is retained even if this core population later drops below 100,000.
CMAs may cross census division and provincial boundaries, although
The methodology used by Statistics
See also: List of Canadian census agglomerations by province or
territory and List of metropolitan areas in
A "census agglomeration" (CA) is a smaller version of a CMA in which the urban core population at the previous census was greater than 10,000 but less than 100,000. If the population of an urban core is less than 50,000, it is the starting point for the construction of a 'census agglomeration'.
CMAs and CAs with a population greater than 50,000 are subdivided into census tracts which have populations ranging from 2,500 to 8,000.
"Population centre" redirects here. For other uses, see Center of
population . See also: List of the 100 largest population centres in
A population centre (PC), formerly known as an urban area (UA), is
any grouping of contiguous dissemination areas that has a minimum
population of 1,000 and an average population density of 400 persons
per square kilometre or greater. For the 2011 census, urban area was
renamed "population centre". In 2011, Statistics
The population centre level of geography is further divided into the following three groupings based on population:
* "small population centre" – 1,000 to 29,999 * "medium population centre" – 30,000 to 99,999 * "large urban population centre" – 100,000 and greater
Main article: Designated place
A "designated place" (DPL) is usually a small community that does not
meet the criteria used to define incorporated municipalities or urban
areas (areas with a population of at least 1,000 and no fewer than 400
persons per square kilometre), but for which Statistics
A "locality " (LOC) is a historical named location or place. The named location may be a former census subdivision, a former urban area, or a former designated place. It may also refer to neighbourhoods, post offices, communities and unincorporated places among other entities.
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