Symbols, abbreviations and acronyms

Symbols

The standard table symbols apply to all data published by Statistics Canada.

The following symbols (not included in the standard table symbols) may be found in census products.

Symobls used in census products
Symbol Definition
··· or N not applicable
·· not available for a specific reference period
characteristic data is not disseminated at this geographic level.
A adjusted figure due to boundary change. For further information, see the 'Content considerations'
E After the release of the 2006 or 2011 Census population and dwelling counts, errors are occasionally uncovered in the data. It is not possible to make changes to the 2006 or 2011 Census data presented in these tables.

Refer to the 2006 population and dwelling count amendments or the 2011 population and dwelling count amendments for further information.
x suppressed to meet the confidentiality requirements of the Statistics Act
excludes census data for one or more incompletely enumerated Indian reserves and Indian settlements
Data to be released October 24, 2012
incompletely enumerated Indian reserve and Indian settlement
! or data quality flag
corrections and updates flag

Abbreviations and acronyms

Below is a list of abbreviations and acronyms found within various census products.

Provinces and territories

  • PR or Prov. - Province
  • Terr. - Territory
  • N.L. - Newfoundland and Labrador
  • P.E.I. - Prince Edward Island
  • N.S. - Nova Scotia
  • N.B. - New Brunswick
  • Que. - Quebec
  • Ont. - Ontario
  • Man. - Manitoba
  • Sask. - Saskatchewan
  • Alta. - Alberta
  • B.C. - British Columbia
  • Y.T. - Yukon
  • N.W.T. - Northwest Territories
  • Nvt. - Nunavut

Census geographic areas

  • CA - Census agglomeration
  • CAR - Census agricultural region
  • CCS - Census consolidated subdivision
  • CD - Census division
  • CMA - Census metropolitan area
  • CSD - Census subdivision
  • CT - Census tract
  • DA - Dissemination area
  • DB - Dissemination block
  • DPL - Designated place
  • ER - Economic region
  • FED - Federal electoral district
  • FSA - Forward sortation area©
  • LOC - Locality
  • MIZ - Census metropolitan area influenced zone
  • POPCTR - Population centre
  • PR or Prov. - Province
  • Terr. - Territory

Census division types

  • CDR - Census division / Division de recensement
  • CT - County / Comté
  • CTY - County
  • DIS - District
  • DM - District municipality
  • MRC - Municipalité régionale de comté
  • RD - Regional district
  • REG - Region
  • RM - Regional municipality
  • - Territoire équivalent
  • TER - Territory / Territoire
  • UC - United counties

Census subdivision types

  • C - City / Cité
  • CC - Chartered community
  • CG - Community government
  • CN - Crown colony / Colonie de la couronne
  • COM - Community
  • CT - Canton (municipalité de)
  • CU - Cantons unis (municipalité de)
  • CV - City / Ville
  • CY - City
  • DM - District municipality
  • HAM - Hamlet
  • ID - Improvement district
  • IGD - Indian government district
  • IM - Island municipality
  • IRI - Indian reserve / Réserve indienne
  • LGD - Local government district
  • LOT - Township and royalty
  • M - Municipality / Municipalité
  • MD - Municipal district
  • - Municipalité
  • MU - Municipality
  • NH - Northern hamlet
  • NL - Nisga'a land
  • NO - Unorganized / Non organisé
  • NV - Northern village
  • P - Parish / Paroisse (municipalité de)
  • PE - Paroisse (municipalité de)
  • RCR - Rural community / Communauté rurale
  • RDA - Regional district electoral area
  • RG - Region
  • RGM - Regional municipality
  • RM - Rural municipality
  • RV - Resort village
  • S-É - Indian settlement / Établissement indien
  • SA - Special area
  • SC - Subdivision of county municipality / Subdivision municipalité de comté
  • - Settlement / Établissement
  • SET - Settlement
  • SG - Self-government / Autonomie gouvernementale
  • SM - Specialized municipality
  • SNO - Subdivision of unorganized / Subdivision non organisée
  • SV - Summer village
  • T - Town
  • TC - Terres réservées aux Cris
  • TI - Terre inuite
  • TK - Terres réservées aux Naskapis
  • TL - Teslin land
  • TP - Township
  • TV - Town / Ville
  • V - Ville
  • VC - Village cri
  • VK - Village naskapi
  • VL - Village
  • VN - Village nordique

Designated place types

  • CFA Class IV area - Nova Scotia
  • DMU Dissolved municipality - Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta
  • DPL Designated place - Newfoundland and Labrador
  • IRI Indian reserve / Réserve indienne - British Columbia
  • IST Island trust - British Columbia
  • LNC Localité non constituée - Quebec
  • LSB Local service board - Ontario
  • LSD Local service district - New Brunswick
  • LUD Local urban district - Manitoba
  • MDI Municipalité dissoute - Quebec
  • MDP Municipal defined places - Ontario
  • MET Métis settlement - Alberta
  • NCM Northern community - Manitoba
  • NVL Nisga'a village - British Columbia
  • OHM Organized hamlet - Saskatchewan
  • SE Aboriginal settlement - Yukon
  • UNP Unincorporated place - Alberta, British Columbia
  • UUC Unincorporated urban centre - Manitoba

Others

  • % - Percentage
  • AANDC - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
  • AMF - Area master file
  • APS - Aboriginal Peoples Survey
  • BFDF - Block-face data file
  • CANCEIS - Canadian Census Edit and Imputation System
  • CARTLIB - Cartographic library
  • CBF - Cartographic boundary file
  • CMHC - Canada Housing and Mortgage Corporation
  • DBF - Digital boundary file
  • DCF - Digital cartographic file
  • DCW - Digital chart of the world
  • Diff. - Difference
  • E & I - Edit and imputation
  • GIS - Geographic information system
  • GNBC - Geographic Names Board of Canada
  • GRS - Geodetic reference system
  • km2 - Square kilometre
  • m - Metre
  • MP - Member of Parliament
  • n.e.c. - Not elsewhere classified
  • n.i.e. - Not included elsewhere
  • n.o.s. Not otherwise specified
  • NAD - North American Datum
  • NGB - National Geographic Base
  • NGD - National Geographic Database
  • NRCan - Natural Resources Canada
  • NTDB - National Topographic Database
  • PCCF - Postal code conversion file
  • PCFRF - Postal codes by federal riding file
  • QC - Quality control
  • RNF - Road network file
  • RO - Representation Order
  • SAC - Statistical Area Classification
  • SDI - Spatial Data Infrastructure
  • SGC - Standard Geographical Classification
  • UN - United Nations
  • UTM - Universal transverse mercator
  • vs - Versus
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