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

Database Specs

Data Format - CSV

Comma-Separated Values (CSV) Text File

Postal CodeOM

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

Province Abbr

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

Division ID

Census Division ID

Subdivision ID

Census Subdivision ID

Division Name

Census Division name

Subdivision Name

Census Subdivision name

Total Population

Most recent population for this area as of the last Census

Previous Population

Previous population for this area (5 years prior)

Percentage of Change

Percentage of change between the previous and current Census

Total Dwellings

Total number of dwellings

Occupied Dwellings

Total number of occupied dwellings

Total Land Area

Total land area in kilometers

Population per Sq. Km

Population per square kilometer

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