Current Census Metropolitan Areas

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

Source: Statistics Canada, Census metropolitan areas and census agglomerations, 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°

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Purpose

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

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

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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 2019-05-03
Resource Status completed

Object Description

Object Name: WHSE_HUMAN_CULTURAL_ECONOMIC.CEN_CENSUS_METRO_AREAS_SVW

Short Name: CNCNSSMTRR
Comments: The latest Census Metropolitan Areas / Census Agglomerations Boundary Files for British Columbiacontain the boundaries of the 4 census metropolitan areas and 22 census agglomerations. Acensus metropolitan area (CMA) or a census agglomeration (CA) is formed by one or moreadjacent municipalities centred on a large urban area (known as the urban core). The censuspopulation count of the urban core is at least 10,000 to form a census agglomeration and at least50,000 to form a census metropolitan area. To be included in census metropolitan areas andcensus agglomerations, other adjacent municipalities must have a high degree of integration withthe central urban area, as measured by commuting flows derived from census place of work data.The types associated with the census metropolitan areas / census agglomerations are: censusmetropolitan area is a B, census agglomeration, with no census tracts, D and censusagglomeration, with census tracts is K.Census Metropolitan Areas / Census Agglomerations are multi-part polygons.

Column Name Short Name Data Type Data Precision Comments
CENSUS_YEAR CNSS_YR 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 CNSS_MT_ID VARCHAR2 5 CENSUS METRO AREA ID - Uniquely identifies the provincial parts of a census metropolitan area or census agglomeration.
CENSUS_METRO_AREA_NAME CNSS_MTR_M VARCHAR2 100 CENSUS METRO AREA NAME - The official name of the census metropolitan area or census agglomeration.
CENSUS_METRO_AREA_TYPE_CODE CNSS_MTR_D 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 CNSS_MTR_C VARCHAR2 120 CENSUS METRO AREA TYPE contains the full description of the census metro area type for the record.
FEATURE_AREA_SQM FEAT_AREA NUMBER 19
FEATURE_LENGTH_M FEAT_LEN 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 ANNO_CAD BLOB 4000