Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2001

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Supplement no. 3

Date: December 15, 2003

Supplement no. 3 is issued by Standards Division to inform users on (1) a change of the name of one geographic area and (2) how to report data for statistical areas that cross provincial boundaries.

1. Change of name - Census Agglomeration (CA)

On December 15, 2003 the Methods and Standards Committee approved the name change of one CA:

  • Port Hope (formerly known as Port Hope and Hope).

Divisions releasing data for that CA are expected to implement the new name at the earliest opportunity. Users should be aware that its code and geographic boundary have not changed (i.e., it is the same boundary set up as of January 1, 2001).

2. Guidelines for reporting data for statistical areas that cross provincial boundaries

In the 2001 Standard Geographical Classification(SGC), there are some geographic areas that straddle provincial boundaries: the Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) of Ottawa – Gatineau at the CMA level, the Census Agglomerations (CAs) of Campbellton, Hawkesbury, Pembroke, and Lloydminster at the CA level, and the municipalities of Flin Flon and Lloydminster at the Census Subdivision (CSD) level. These guidelines only consider the statistical areas, namely CMAs and CAs. The Ottawa – Gatineau CMA will be used to illustrate the guideline.

The following applies to data released in print, through CANSIM or electronically.

For the statistical areas (CMAs and CAs) that straddle provincial boundaries, data should be presented for the total and the two provincial parts. Using the Ottawa – Gatineau CMA as example, we would have:

  • Ottawa – Gatineau
  • Ottawa – Gatineau, Ontario part
  • Ottawa – Gatineau, Quebec part

Divisions releasing data for such geographic areas are expected to implement this at the earliest opportunity, subject to usual confidentiality and data quality requirements.

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