Current Census Dissemination Blocks

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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 block is an area bounded on all sides by roads and/or boundaries of standard geographic areas and is the smallest geographic area for which population and dwelling count data are disseminated. The digital boundary file contains the boundaries of all 478,831 dissemination blocks which combined cover all of Canada. The cartographic boundary file contains the boundaries of 478,780 dissemination blocks.

Source: Statistics Canada, Dissemination blocks, 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_BLOCKS_SVW

Short Name: CNCNSSDSS3
Comments: The Dissemination Block Boundary Files portray the dissemination block boundaries for which the latest Census data are disseminated. A dissemination block is an area bounded on all sides by roads and/or boundaries of standard geographic areas and is the smallest geographic area for which population and dwelling count data are disseminated. The digital boundary file contains the boundaries of 52,793 dissemination blocks for British Columbia.

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.
DISSEMINATION_BLOCK_ID DSSMNTNBLC VARCHAR2 11 DISSEMINATION BLOCK ID - Uniquely identifies a dissemination blcok (composed of the 2-digit province/territory code, the 2-digit census division code, the 4-digit dissemination area code, and the 2-digit dissemination block code)
REP_PNT_LATITUDE RPPNTLTTD NUMBER 9 REP PNT LATITUDE - The latitude in decimal degrees of the dissemination block representative point
REP_PNT_LONGITUDE RPPNTLNGTD NUMBER 11 REP PNT LONGITUDE - The longitude in decimal degrees of the dissemination block representative point
DISSEMINATION_AREA_ID DSSMNTNRD 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 CNSSSBDVSN VARCHAR2 7 CENSUS SUBDIVISION ID - Uniquely identifies an 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 CNSSCNSLDT 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 CNSSDVSND 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 CNMCRGND 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 CNSSTRCTD 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 CNSSMTRRD VARCHAR2 3 CENSUS METRO AREA ID - Uniquely identifies a census metropolitan area or census agglomeration
FEATURE_AREA_SQM NUMBER 19
FEATURE_LENGTH_M NUMBER 19
GEOMETRY GEOMETRY SDO_GEOMETRY 64 GEOMETRY 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

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