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Postal Code Conversion File
Postal Codes by Federal Ridings File
GeoSuite
Geographic Attribute File
Correspondence Files

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Attribute information products include the Postal Code Conversion File, the Postal Codes by Federal Ridings File, GeoSuite, the Geographic Attribute File and Correspondence Files. Users are encouraged to read the reference guides that accompany geography products for more details.

Postal Code Conversion File

The Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF) is an ASCII file that provides a link between the six-character postal code and standard census geographic areas (such as dissemination areas, census subdivisions and census tracts). By linking postal codes to Statistics Canada standard geographic areas, the file facilitates the extraction and subsequent aggregation of data for selected 2011 Census geographic areas.

To learn more details about this product, please consult the Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF), Reference Guide, available on the Statistics Canada website.

2011 Postal Code Conversion File
Catalogue number Language Release date
92-153-XCB Bilingual To be determined
2011 format Number of files Censuses
ASCII 1 National 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991

Postal Codes by Federal Ridings File

The Postal Codes by Federal Ridings File (PCFRF) is an ASCII file that provides a link between the six-character postal code and federal electoral districts (2003 Representation Order). A federal electoral district, commonly referred to as a federal riding, is the area represented by a Member of Parliament in the House of Commons.

To learn more details about this product, please consult the Postal Codes by Federal Ridings File (2003 Representation Order) (PCFRF), Reference Guide, available on the Statistics Canada website.

2011 Postal Codes by Federal Ridings File
Catalogue number Language Release date
92F0193XCB Bilingual To be determined
2011 format Number of files Censuses
ASCII 1 National 2011, 2006, 2001

GeoSuite

GeoSuite is a powerful search tool based on 2011 Census standard geographic areas. With GeoSuite, users may retrieve and query data, explore the links between geographic areas, obtain information on those areas and output data in tabular format. The information available includes 2011 population counts, 2011 dwelling counts, representative point coordinates, land area, geographic codes, names and, in some cases, 2006 Census population counts. GeoSuite includes a dissemination area reference map listing that facilitates identification of appropriate dissemination area reference maps.

GeoSuite includes 39 tables packaged in a Microsoft Access database along with a user interface, which are available in a single zipped file. GeoSuite is no longer disseminated in pre-cut CD-ROM format.

To learn more details about this product, please consult the GeoSuite, Reference Guide, available on the Statistics Canada website.

GeoSuite
Catalogue number Language Release date
92-150-XBB Bilingual February 8, 2012
2011 format Number of files Censuses
VB.net and MDB database N/A 2011, 2006, 2001

Figure 2.1 View of GeoSuite 2011: chart search

Geographic Attribute File

The Geographic Attribute File contains data at the dissemination block level, based on 2011 Census standard geographic areas. The data available include population counts, dwelling counts, and land area. In addition, the Geographic Attribute File contains higher level standard geographic codes, names and, where applicable, types and classes. Data for higher level standard geographic areas can be derived by aggregating dissemination block level data. The dissemination area representative point coordinates are also included in the Geographic Attribute File.

To learn more details about this product, please consult the Geographic Attribute File, Reference Guide, available on the Statistics Canada website.

2011 Geographic Attribute File
Catalogue number Language Release date
92-151-XBB Bilingual February 8, 2012
2011 format Number of files Censuses
ASCII, Excel 1 2011, 2006

Correspondence Files

Three different 2011 Census correspondence files provide users with tabular data that describes the correspondence between 2011 Census and 2006 Census standard geographic areas.

The Dissemination Area Correspondence File portrays the relationship between 2011 Census dissemination areas and 2006 Census dissemination areas. The Dissemination Area and Land Area Correspondence File portrays the percentage of the 2011 Census dissemination area's land area within the boundaries of 2006 Census dissemination areas. The Dissemination Block Correspondence File portrays the relationship between 2011 Census dissemination blocks and 2006 Census dissemination blocks.

Each file contains a unique identifier for the 2011 Census geographic area and the corresponding unique identifier for the 2006 Census geographic area. In addition, a relationship flag is included which indicates the degree of correspondence between the geographic areas, facilitating a comparison between census years.

To learn more details about this product, please consult the Correspondence Files, Reference Guide, available on the Statistics Canada website.

2011 Census correspondence files
Catalogue number Language Release date
92-156-XBB Bilingual November 29, 2011
2011 format Number of files Censuses
ASCII, Excel 3 2011, 2006
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