Statistical areas

Statistical areas are defined by Statistics Canada to support the collection and dissemination of data. They are created according to a set of rules based on geographic attributes and one or more characteristics of the resident population. Statistical areas supported by Statistics Canada include:

  • Census agricultural region (a group of adjacent census divisions used for publishing agricultural data)
  • Economic region (a group of adjacent census divisions used for analysing economic activity)
  • Census consolidated subdivision (a group of adjacent census subdivisions, or municipalities)
  • Census metropolitan area and census agglomeration
  • Census metropolitan influenced zones
  • Large urban population centre
  • Medium population centre
  • Small population centre
  • Rural area
  • Census tract
  • Dissemination area
  • Dissemination block
  • Block-face
  • Place name
  • Census subdivision - previous census
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