Atlas of Canada 1:1,000,000 National Scale Data - Populated Places

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Published by the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development - GeoBC
Licensed under Open Government Licence - Canada

This point dataset includes populated places within British Columbia, sourced from Statistics Canada. It is suitable for mapping and analysis at the 1:1 million scale.

The Atlas of Canada National Scale Data 1:1,000,000 Series consists of a number of data sets that were compiled to be used for atlas large scale (1:1,000,000 to 1:4,000,000) mapping. These data sets have been integrated so that their relative positions are cartographically correct.

This dataset contains information licensed under the Open Government Licence – Canada. The British Columbia portion of the nationwide dataset was extracted for publication to the BCGW.

Other Atlas of Canada 1:1,000,000 National Scale Datasets in the BCGW include:

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

Latitude: 48.0° to 60.0°
Longitude: -139.5° to -113.5°

Additional Information


The Atlas of Canada 1:1,000,000 National Scale Data are a set of integrated base map layers. These data have been compiled at a scale of 1:1,000,000 with the primary goal being to indicate correct relative positioning with other frameworks layers rather than absolute positional accuracy.

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Contact Information

NameJoy Sinnett (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
NameGeoGratis Web Services (pointOfContact)
OrganizationGovernment of Canada
Sub-OrganizationNatural Resources Canada

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Who can view this dataset? Public
Who can download this dataset?Public

Metadata Information

Record Published 2018-06-21
Record Last Modified 2020-11-03
Resource Status onGoing

Object Description


Short Name: POP_PL_1M
Comments: Populated Places published by Natural Resources Canada under the Atlas of Canada, 1:1,000,000 National Frameworks Data. This dataset contains point features.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
NRC_PP1M_SYSID PP1M_ID NUMBER 10 NRC_PP1M_SYSID is a system generated unique identification number.
SELECTION SELECTION VARCHAR2 20 SELECTION is a descriptive cartographic field used to display only places that are relatively populated in comparison to nearby communities (sparse), or to include places that have relatively small populations in comparison to nearby communities (dense). On a small scale map showing a significant portion of the province, including only features categorized with a sparse selection would be suitable, whereas a larger scale map may include features categorized as both sparse and dense.
ESTIMATED_POPULATION EST_POP NUMBER 10 ESTIMATED_POPULATION is the estimated population for the populated place. e.g., 578041.
EST_POPULATION_YEAR EST_POP_YR NUMBER 4 EST_POPULATION_YEAR is the year the estimated population was recorded. e.g., 2006.
POPULATION_SOURCE POP_SOURCE VARCHAR2 100 POPULATION_SOURCE indicates the organization that provided the estimated population. i.e., Statistics Canada - Census Subdivision, Statistics Canada - Dissemination Block, Statistics Canada - Designated Place, other publicly available source, Statistics Canada - Urban Area.
CGNS CGNS VARCHAR2 32 CGNS is the national identifier for the features. This is a UUID (Universal Unique Identifier) represented by a 32-character hexadecimal string, e.g., ffae101dd05311d892e2080020a0f4c9
NAME NAME VARCHAR2 100 NAME is the name, in English, of the populated place. A null value indicates the place is not named or the name is not known.
NOM NOM VARCHAR2 100 NOM is the name, in French, of the populated place. A null value indicates the place is not named or the name is not known.
SHAPE SHAPE SDO_GEOMETRY 1 SHAPE is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID OBJECTID NUMBER 38 OBJECTID is a column required by spatial layers that interact with ESRI ArcSDE. It is populated with unique values automatically by SDE.
SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA BLOB 4000 SE_ANNO_CAD_DATA is a binary column used by spatial tools to store annotation, curve features and CAD data when using the SDO_GEOMETRY storage data type.