Dissemination Block Boundary Files

Geographic files and documentation: 92-163-X


The Dissemination Block Boundary Files portray the dissemination block boundaries for which Census data are disseminated. A dissemination block is an area bounded on all sides by roads and/or boundaries of standard geographic areas and is the smallest geographic area for which population and dwelling count data are disseminated. The files contain the boundaries of all dissemination blocks which combine to cover all of Canada.

There are two types of boundary files: digital and cartographic. Digital files depict the full extent of the geographical areas, including the coastal water area. Cartographic files depict the geographical areas using only the major land mass of Canada and its coastal islands. The files provide a framework for mapping and spatial analysis using commercially available geographic information systems or other mapping software.

The Dissemination Block Boundary Files are portrayed in Lambert conformal conic projection and are based on the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83). A reference guide is available (92-160-GWE).


For the 2006 Census, Dissemination Block Boundary Files were available nationally and for each province and territory for a fee. While the provincial and territorial files (issue numbers 2006002 through 2006014) are no longer available, the national version of the 2006 Census Dissemination Block Boundary File (issue number 2006001) is now available for free.

Frequency: Occasional
Available formats: HTML, CD-ROM (discontinued)

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