Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2016 - Volume I, The Classification

Status

This standard was approved as a departmental standard on May 16, 2016.

2016 version of the SGC

The standard classification version of the SGC 2016 provides standard names and codes for the geographical regions of Canada, provinces and territories, census divisions (counties, regional municipalities) and census subdivisions (municipalities).

The names and codes for census metropolitan areas, census agglomerations, economic regions, census agricultural regions and census consolidated subdivisions are shown in the variants of SGC 2016. The first use of the standard version of SGC 2016 and its variants was in the 2016 Census.

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Concordances and documentation on changes

Variants of the SGC 2016

Statistical Area Classification - Variant of SGC 2016

This classification variant provides standard names and codes for census metropolitan areas, census agglomerations and census metropolitan influenced zones. It shows the hierarchical relationship between these geographic areas and census subdivisions (municipalities).

Statistical Area Classification by Province and Territory - Variant of SGC 2016

This classification variant provides standard names and codes for census metropolitan areas (CMAs), census agglomerations (CAs) and census metropolitan influenced zones (MIZs) by province and territory. It shows the hierarchical relationship between these geographic areas and census subdivisions (municipalities). This classification variant also shows the hierarchical relationship between the geographical regions of Canada, provinces and territories, CMAs, CAs and MIZs.

Economic Regions - Variant of SGC 2016

This classification variant provides standard names and codes for economic regions. It shows the hierarchical relationship with their component census divisions and census subdivisions by province and territory.

Agricultural Regions - Variant of SGC 2016

This classification variant provides standard names and codes for census agricultural regions. It shows the hierarchical relationship with their component census divisions, census consolidated subdivisions and census subdivisions by province and territory.

Reference Maps

Volume II consists of four maps of Canada that illustrate locations of individual census divisions, census metropolitan areas, census agglomerations, census metropolitan influenced zones and economic regions. These are referred to as the National maps. Also included are 23 maps that show the boundaries of census divisions and census subdivisions. These are referred to as the Census divisions - Census subdivisions (CD-CSD) maps.

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