Canada Census Geography Files


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Available to McGill Faculty, Staff, and Students only.

Coverage and frequency

1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001


The Census Geography Files depict the boundaries of standard geography units of Statistics Canada. Standard geography units include (for some, but not all census years): Provinces and Territories, Federal Electoral Districts, Census Divisions, Census Subdivisions, Census Consolidated Subdivisions Census Metroplitain Areas, Census Agglomeration Areas, Census Tracts, Designated Places, Urban Areas, Enumeration Areas. Road Network Files and Postal Code files are available for some but not all of the census years. These files are designed to be used exclusively in a geographic information system such as ArcGIS.


English and French

System Requirements

To extract and manipulate these files, you must have access to ArcView 3.x, or ArcGIS, or GIS software capable of supporting e00 file formats. ArcGIS is available on the public workstations at the Geographic Information Centre and at the Macdonald Campus Library electronic classroom.

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