Census Tracts (All Years)

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

The Census Tract Boundary Files portray the census tract boundaries for which Census data are disseminated. Census tracts are small, relatively stable geographic areas that usually have a population of 2,500 to 8,000. They are located in census metropolitan areas and in census agglomerations with an urban core population of 50,000 or more in the previous census. The files contain the boundaries of all 5,076 census tracts located within the 33 census metropolitan areas and 15 census agglomerations which are part of the Census Tract Program. 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 2014-12-15
Record Last Modified 2019-08-29
Resource Status completed

Object Description


Comments: The Census Tract Boundary Files portray the census tract boundaries for which 2006 Census data are disseminated.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
CENSUS_YEAR 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_TRACT_ID VARCHAR2 10 CENSUS TRACT ID - Uniquely identifies a census tract (composed of the 3-digit census metropolitan area/census agglomeration code followed by the 7-character CTNAME)
CENSUS_METRO_AREA_ID VARCHAR2 3 CENSUS METRO AREA ID - Uniquely identifies the provincial parts of a census metropolitan area or census agglomeration
GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 1 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM NUMBER 19 FEATURE_AREA_SQM is the system calculated area of a two-dimensional polygon in square meters
FEATURE_LENGTH_M NUMBER 19 FEATURE_LENGTH_M is the system calculated length or perimeter of a geometry in meters