Canada Metro Areas Database

Canadian Metropolitan AreasThis database ties Canada Postal Codes to corresponding Canada Metro Areas (Canadian Urban areas) and Census Agglomerations (Canadian Suburban areas). Also, it includes extra census statistics to further refine aggregation of the Postal Code data. This data is similar to that found in Statistics Canada's Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF), but is updated regularly, not every 5 years.

Pertaining to Canada Urban areas, this database is helpful for making Rural, Urban, and Suburban delineations by applying the following general classifications: Urban = Census Metropolitan Area (CMA), Suburban = Census Agglomerations (CA), and records that are not CMA/CA classified are deemed as Rural.

Note: Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations data is also referred to as Canadian Urban Areas, Metropolitan Areas, or even CMA Census. For brevity, we often use the term Metro Areas to encompass the entire set (although the term is not quiet adequate). This product is ideal for use in developing Canadian sales territory assignments.

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  • Quarterly Updates

    This file is updated as quartely postal code changes are released.

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  • Data Format - CSV

    Comma-Separated Values (CSV) Text File


  • Postal Code

    The postal code is 7 characters in the following format: ANA NAN.  Please note that there is a space in the 4th position

  • MetroID

    Census Geographical Area Unique ID - used to link Postal Code file to Geograpic Area Definitions Data File (Metro Area File)

  • Province Abbr

    The Province code is 2 characters (AB=Alberta, BC=British Columbia, MB=Manitoba, etc.)

  • City/ Town

    The city/town is up to 30 characters long.

  • Metro Name

    Census Geographical Area name

  • MetroType

    Geographical Area Type Code (CMA, CA, unclassified)

  • Population

    Population according to Statistics Canada

  • Size Category

    S,M,L (Small, Medium, Large) - Statistics Canada considers a CA Small at less than 30,000 population, Medium is 30,000 to 99,999. All CMAs are considered Large (100,000 or more)

  • Private Dwellings Count

    Total number of dwellings - includes any enclosed shelter with a roof, walls, doors, windows, and heat source or power.

  • Occupied Dwellings Count

    Total number of occupied dwellings - includes any occupied enclosed shelter with a roof, walls, doors, windows, and heat source or power.

  • Coverage Area

    Coverage is given in square miles (for square kilometers, multiply by 2.58999)

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