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Illustrated Glossary
Geography Catalogue
Geography definitions (2011 Census Dictionary)
Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status and Names
Reference Guides

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Reference documents help users gain a better understanding of geographic concepts, products and services appropriate to their census and other data needs.

Illustrated Glossary

The Illustrated Glossary is a tool that helps users take advantage of census statistical data by providing an understanding of the terms related to geographic concepts. Geography is important to the national statistical system as well-defined geographic areas provide the framework for the collection, presentation and analysis of data. Users can access the Illustrated Glossary which presents geographic concepts, as well as links to online tutorials and detailed definitions.

2011 Illustrated Glossary
Catalogue number Language Release date
92-195-XWE English February 8, 2012
92-195-XWF French February 8, 2012
2011 format Number of files Censuses
HTML N/A 2011, 2006, 2001

Geography Catalogue

The Geography Catalogue contains information found in the Statistics Canada online catalogue. In addition, it provides highlights of what is new about geographic products, illustrations of several products, a glossary of geographic terms, a geographic hierarchy diagram and a table showing the number of geographic units by province and territory.

2011 Geography Catalogue
Catalogue number Language Release date
92-196-XWE English February 8, 2012
92-196-XWF French February 8, 2012
2011 format Number of files Censuses
HTML, PDF N/A 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996

Geography definitions (2011 Census Dictionary)

The Geography section of the 2011 Census Dictionary provides an overview of what is new for the 2011 Census and the definitions for geographic concepts and other terms. The definitions include a detailed description of each term, delineation rules, special notes, data quality information or applications relevant to the term. Some historical information is also provided. The dictionary also includes a comprehensive subject index.

2011 Geography definitions
Catalogue number Language Release date
98-301-XWE English February 8, 2012
98-301-XWF French February 8, 2012
2011 format Number of files Censuses
HTML, PDF N/A 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996

Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status and Names

The Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status and Names provides a summary of the changes to municipal boundaries, status and names that occurred within a given time period. The Geography Division of Statistics Canada processes the municipal changes based on information received through provincial/territorial gazettes, letters patent and orders-in-council. Changes occurring within the given time period that are not identified by Statistics Canada are not included within the Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status and Names. The 2011 Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status and Names provides a summary of changes that occurred between January 2, 2006 and January 1, 2011.

2011 Interim List of Changes to Municipal Boundaries, Status and Names
Catalogue number Language Release date
92F0009XWE English November 29, 2011
92F0009XWF French November 29, 2011
2011 format Number of files Censuses
HTML, PDF N/A 2011, 2006, 2001

Reference guides

Most geography products are accompanied with a reference guide that describes the content, applications, data quality and record layouts.

For 2011, one reference guide covers all reference map series as well as thematic maps.

2011 reference guides
Catalogue number Language Release date
Various English Beginning November 29, 2011
Various French Beginning November 29, 2011
2011 format Number of files Censuses
HTML, PDF N/A 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996

Table 1.1 2011 Census Geography product reference guides

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