Census Metropolitan Areas (All Years)

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Published by the Ministry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness - BC Stats
Licensed under Open Government Licence - Canada

A census metropolitan area (CMA) or a census agglomeration (CA) is formed by one or more adjacent municipalities centred on a large urban area (known as the urban core). The census population count of the urban core is at least 10,000 to form a census agglomeration and at least 50,000 to form a census metropolitan area. The dataset contains all census years from 2006 to 2016.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

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

Additional Information


A dataset of select StatsCan geographic boundaries and associated census profiles.

Lineage Statement

The geographic area boundaries, names, codes, and the relationships among the various geographic levels are found on Statistics Canada?s Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI). These data for administrative areas are updated using information from provincial and territorial sources. These data for statistical areas are updated using the results of the previous census, as well as input from users.

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Contact Information

NameBC Stats (pointOfContact)
OrganizationMinistry of Jobs, Economic Development and Competitiveness
Sub-OrganizationBC Stats

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

Metadata Information

Record Published 2014-12-11
Record Last Modified 2019-12-17
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Short Name: CENS_METRO
Comments: The 2006 Census Metropolitan Areas / Census Agglomerations Boundary Files for British Columbiacontain the boundaries of the 4 census metropolitan areas and 22 census agglomerations.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
CENSUS_YEAR CNSSR NUMBER 4 CENSUS YEAR is the year the national census in Canada was conducted, e.g., 2006, 2011. This is done every five years by Statistics Canada.
CENSUS_METRO_AREA_ID CNSSMTRRD VARCHAR2 5 CENSUS METRO AREA ID - Uniquely identifies the provincial parts of a census metropolitan area or census agglomeration.
CENSUS_METRO_AREA_NAME CNSSMTRRNM VARCHAR2 100 CENSUS METRO AREA NAME - The official name of the census metropolitan area or census agglomeration.
CENSUS_METRO_AREA_TYPE_CODE CNSSMTRRTP VARCHAR2 1 CENSUS METRO AREA TYPE - A one-character field identifying whether the unit is a census metropolitan area or a census agglomeration (see domain).
CENSUS_METRO_AREA_TYPE_DESC CNSSMTRRT1 VARCHAR2 120 CENSUS METRO AREA TYPE contains the full description of the census metro area type for the record.
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 1 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters