Dictionary, Census of Population, 2021
Census agricultural region (CAR)

Release date: November 17, 2021


Census agricultural regions (CARs) are composed of groups of adjacent census divisions.

Reported in

2021, 2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986 and 1981


In Prince Edward Island, for data dissemination purposes, each of the three existing census divisions (counties) is treated as a census agricultural region (CAR).

Each CAR is assigned a two‑digit code. To uniquely identify each CAR in Canada, the two‑digit province or territory (PR) code must precede the CAR code.

For example:

PR-CAR codeCAR name
46 03Agricultural Region 3, Man.
59 03 Thompson–Okanagan, B.C.

Table 1.1 shows the number of CARs by province.

CARs are used by the Census of Agriculture to disseminate agricultural statistics.

Refer to the related definitions of Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) and Census Division (CD).

Changes prior to the current census

Prior to 2016, in Saskatchewan, census agricultural regions were made up of groups of census consolidated subdivisions, but these groups did not necessarily respect census division boundaries.

Prior to 2016, census agricultural regions were not defined in Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Prior to 1996, census agricultural regions were called 'agricultural regions.'

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