Geography   |   Reference

Illustrated Glossary

Geography is important to the national statistical system. Well-defined geographic areas provide the framework for the collection, presentation and analysis of data.

To take full advantage of Census data, users need to have a basic understanding of the terms related to geography concepts, infrastructure, products and services. To explore geographical definitions and concepts, use the alphabetical listing or a hierarchy chart.

Geographic Units

Block
Census Agglomeration
Census Agricultural Region
Census Division
Census Metropolitan Area
Census Subdivision
Census Tract
Consolidated Census Subdivision
Designated Place
Dissemination Area
Economic Region
Enumeration Area
Federal Electoral DistrictLocality
Province/Territory
Urban Area
Urban Core, Urban Fringe and Rural Fringe
 

Products and Services

Cartographic Boundary Files
Catalogue
Custom Services
Dictionary
GeoSearch
Geosuite
Population and Dwellings Counts
Reference Maps
Road Network Files
Skeletal Road Network Files
Thematic Maps
 

Other Terms

Abbreviations
Administrative Areas
Adjusted Counts
Block-face
Coordinate System
Datum
Ecumene
Geographic Code
Geographic Reference Date
Hierarchy Chart
Land Area
Map Projection
Metropolitan Influenced Zones
National Geographic Base
Place Name
Population Density
Postal Code
Representative Point
Rural Area
Spatial Data Quality Elements
Standard Geographical Classification
Statistical Areas
Statistical Area Classification
Urban Population Size Group
Usual Place Of Residence
Workplace Location