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Dissemination Area Boundary Files

The Dissemination Area Boundary Files, available as digital boundary files or cartographic boundary files, portray the dissemination area boundaries for which 2006 Census data are disseminated. A dissemination area is a small area composed of one or more neighbouring blocks and is the smallest standard geographic area for which all census data are disseminated. The files contain the boundaries of more than 54,600 dissemination areas which cover all of Canada.

A reference guide is available for the 2006 Boundary Files (92-160-GWE).

To download these files online, please select from the list of available geographies below. To download these files for user defined areas or other standard geographies not listed below, please Contact us.


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