Current Census Dissemination Areas

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Published by the Ministry of Jobs, Trade and Technology - BC Stats
Licensed under Statistics Canada

Please note this data is only licensed for use by specific government agencies. A dissemination area is a small area composed of one or more neighbouring blocks and is the smallest standard geographic area for which all census data are disseminated. The digital boundary file contains the boundaries of the 54,626 dissemination areas which combined cover all of Canada. The cartographic boundary file contains the boundaries of 54,624 dissemination areas. Dissemination areas 59290104 and 59290108 are not included within the cartographic boundary file because they are located entirely within coastal waters, they are therefore automatically removed during the production of the cartographic boundary file.

Source: Statistics Canada, Dissemination areas, 2016. Reproduced and distributed on an "as is" basis with the permission of Statistics Canada.

Data and Resources

Dataset Extent

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

Additional Information

Purpose

A dataset of select StatsCan geographic boundaries and associated census profiles for access by authorized users in the BC Geographic Warehouse.

Data Quality
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)
EmailBC.Stats@gov.bc.ca
OrganizationMinistry of Jobs, Trade and Technology
Sub-OrganizationBC Stats

Access & Security

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

Metadata Information

Record Published 2014-12-11
Record Last Modified 2019-05-03
Resource Status completed

Object Description

Object Name: WHSE_HUMAN_CULTURAL_ECONOMIC.CEN_CENSUS_DISSEM_AREAS_SVW

Short Name: CNCNSSDSS2
Comments: The Dissemination Area Boundary Files portray the dissemination area boundaries for which the latest Census data are disseminated. A dissemination area is a small area composed of one or more neighbouring blocks and is the smallest standard geographic area for which all census data are disseminated. The digital boundary file contains the boundaries of the 7469 dissemination areas for British Columbia. Dissemination areas 59290104 and 59290108 are not included within the cartographic boundary file because they are located entirely within coastal waters, they are therefore automatically removed during the production of the cartographic boundary file.

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.
DISSEMINATION_AREA_ID VARCHAR2 8 DISSEMINATION AREA ID - Uniquely identifies a dissemination area (composed of the 2-digit province/territory code, the 2-digit census division code, and the 4-digit dissemination area code)
CENSUS_SUBDIVISION_ID VARCHAR2 7 CENSUS SUBDIVISION ID - Uniquely identifies a census subdivision (composed of the 2-digit province/territory code, the 2-digit census division code, and the 3-digit census subdivision code)
CENSUS_CONSOLIDATED_ID VARCHAR2 7 CENSUS CONSOLIDATED ID - Uniquely identifies a census consolidated subdivision (composed of the 2-digit province/territory code, the 2-digit census division code and the 3-digit census consolidated subdivision code)
CENSUS_DIVISION_ID VARCHAR2 4 CENSUS DIVISION ID - Uniquely identifies a census division (composed of the 2-digit province/territory code and the 2-digit census division code)
ECONOMIC_REGION_ID VARCHAR2 4 ECONOMIC REGION ID - Uniquely identifies an economic region (composed of the 2-digit province/territory code and the 2-digit economic region code)
CENSUS_TRACT_ID VARCHAR2 10 CENSUS TRACT ID - Uniquely identifies a census tract (composed of the 3-digit census metroppolitan area/census agglomeration code followed by the 7-character CTNAME)
CENSUS_METRO_AREA_ID VARCHAR2 3 CENSUS METRO AREA ID - Uniquely identifies a census metropolitan area or census agglomeration.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM FTR_R_SQM NUMBER 19
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FTR_LNGTH_ NUMBER 19
GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 64 GEOMETRY is the column used to reference the spatial coordinates defining the feature.
OBJECTID BJCTD 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 S_NN_CD_DT BLOB 4000

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