Canadian Divisions & Subdivisions

Statistics Canada Census Divisions

This product joins Canadian Postal CodesOM with their corresponding Census Divisions and Subdivisions. Statistics Canada currently defines 293 Census Divisions and 5,250 Census Subdivisions. In some provinces, Census Divisions and Census Subdivisions correspond to counties and municipalities.

A common use for this database is for developing Canadian sales territory assignments or for compiling Canadian Census Demographics. This data is similar to that found in Statistics Canada's Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF), but is updated regularly, not every 5 years.

Note: Census Divisions or Census Subdivisions are also referred to as Canada Divisions or Canadian Divisions. For brevity, we often just use the term Census Subdivisions or Canadian Subdivisions to encompass the entire set of Divisions and Subdivisions (although the term is not all encompasing). 
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Canadian Divisions and Subdivisions by Postal Code

This product contains Canadian Divisions and Subdivisions associated to Postal Codes as determined by Statistics Canada (Canada's Census Bureau). Statistics Canada currently defines 293 Canada Divisions and within those Canadian Divisions, a total of 5,250 Subdivisions.

Terminology:
  • CD (Census Division) - This is usually a much larger area than an subdivision, averaging over 114,000 people. Sometimes these are the same areas as counties or very large cities.
  • CSD (Census Subdivision) - This is a sub-divided area of a Census Division. It averages about 6,400 people. These are often municipalities (cities, municipal districts, rural municipalities) Note: some large Census Divisions aren't subdivided (such as Toronto, Montreal and Quebec) which have the same population as the Division.
Note: all Postal Codes fall within a Census Division and Subdivision. Learn more: View the Product Documentation / Watch our Accuracy Matters video /Interesting Wikipedia article about Census Divisions and Subdivisions

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