This article outlines the 2016 data release for Canada, providing comparisons against the older 2011 release. If you're currently using the 2011 release and wish to update to the 2016 release, we recommend this article to start the process.
Our 2016 release for Canada, based on the census of that year will be released on 19th July 2021.
Why the delay?
This data is being released much later than we would normally like for several reasons:
- We needed the upgrade process to be ready within Vision (released within Update 16 on 12th April).
- We have taken the time to significantly enhance our data packs for Canada with a new layer and more than 3 times the demographics compared with the 2011 release.
- There were setbacks with processing the raw boundaries so that they could be more easily consumed within a browser.
The Dissemination Areas are new with the 2016 release. Providing full coverage of Canada across 56,589 areas, this new administrative layer is great for local analysis when the FSAs don't give you the granularity required.
The Census Tracts provide coverage of all major urban areas with 5,721 areas that allow you to analyse local urban areas on a more granular level than FSAs, but not with the granularity granted by the Dissemination Areas.
These were previously a standalone layer, and are now built hierarchically from the Dissemination Areas.
13 regional areas covering the entirety of Canada. In the 2011 release, these were built hierarchically from the FSAs but are now built from the Dissemination Areas for greater accuracy.
Forward Sortation Areas (FSAs)
The most popular of all Canada boundary sets, the FSAs (also known as 3-digit postcodes) provide full coverage of Canada across 1,620 areas.
Since the 2011 release, there have been 7 new areas created and 8 areas have been removed. There have also been many boundary changes/improvements.
The 2016 release sees the total number of demographics increase from 51 to 190, and brings in some new groups we know will be a hit with our users such as:
- Population (Income)
- Households (Income)
- Households by Tenure
- Households by Size
- Population by Industry worked in
- ...and much more!
Full details comparing both changes to areas and comparing demographic availability by layer and by release can be obtained by downloading the attached document.