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Geography Catalogue

General information
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General information

Statistics Canada maintains a spatially referenced geographic database in support of the Censuses of Population and Agriculture, the Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) and other Statistics Canada programs. Statistics Canada also develops geographical concepts, delineates geographic areas, publishes maps and other reference materials, produces files on CD-ROM (DVD), posts online products through the Statistics Canada website ( and offers a variety of services.


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The 2006 Census geography product line includes new and modified geography concepts, enhancements and improvements to existing products, the introduction of new products, and a greater presence on the Statistics Canada website. For 2006, Digital Boundary Files are once again available. Reference maps and other geographic products are available in a variety of media. Tools are provided for users to find and view their geographic area of interest on the Statistics Canada website.

This edition of the Geography Catalogue includes all of the information found in the Statistics Canada online catalogue, but has the following additional information. It provides highlights of what's new about geographic products for the 2006 Census, as well as illustrations of several products. It includes a glossary of geographic terms, the geographic hierarchy diagram and a table showing the number of geographic units by province and territory for the 2006 Census. Also included are examples of the Statistics Canada's licence agreements for free and for fee products.

The catalogue is organised according to the following categories of products and services:

  1. Geographic reference products
    A full range of geographic reference products and tools are available free on the Statistics Canada website.
  2. Geographic data products
    Population and dwelling counts from the 2006 Census are available free on the Statistics Canada website for all levels of geography using GeoSearch2006. Individual tables or groups of tables showing population and dwelling counts may be purchased. For more information contact the National inquiries line at 1-800-263-1136.
    GeoSuite and the Geographic Attribute File are geographic reference tools that also provide 2006 Census Population and Dwelling counts. GeoSuite is available for a purchase as a download and/or on CD-ROM. The Geographic Attribute File is available for purchase as an ASCII file.
  3. Spatial information products
    Spatial information products provide the shape and location of geographic features for use with computer mapping and geographic information system applications.
    The road network, boundaries and other features of standard geographic areas are available.
    The Road Network File and selected boundary files are available free of charge, while other boundary files are available for a fee.
  4. Attribute information products
    Attribute information products include the Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF) and the Postal Codes by Federal Ridings File (PCFRF). These products were released with attributes for the 2006 Census on October 19, 2007.
  5. Geographic services
    Custom services, including the preparation of custom boundaries for custom data retrievals (geocoding), custom mapping and other custom packaging of standard products, are available. Contact us through the National inquiries line at 1-800-263-1136 or through the Custom services web page on the Statistics Canada website (
  6. Other Statistics Canada related geographic products and services
    Products and services available from the Agriculture Division are briefly described.


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Prices and shipping charges

Prices quoted in this catalogue exclude sales tax. There are no shipping charges for delivery in Canada. For shipments to the United States, shipping charges are CAN$6 per issue or item ordered. For shipments to other countries, shipping charges are CAN$10 per issue or item ordered. Contact us by calling the National inquiries line at 1-800-263-1136. You can also contact us by e-mailing or through the Contact us web page on the Statistics Canada website (