2. Overview

The Postal CodeOM Conversion File (PCCF) is a digital file which provides a correspondence between the Canada Post Corporation (CPC) six-character postal codeOM and Statistics Canada's standard geographic areas for which census data and other statistics are produced. Through the link between postal codesOM and standard geographic areas, the PCCF permits the integration of data from various sources.

The geographic coordinates, which represent the standard geostatistical areas linked to each postal codeOM on the PCCF, are commonly used to map the distribution of data for spatial analysis (e.g., clients, activities). The location information is a powerful tool for marketing, planning, or research purposes.

In April 1983, the Geography Division released the first version of the PCCF, which linked postal codesOM to 1981 Census geographic areas and included geographic coordinates. Since then, the file has been updated on a regular basis to reflect changes.

For this release of the PCCF, the vast majority of the postal codesOM are directly geocoded to 2011 Census geography. This improves precision of the file over the previous conversion process used to align postal codeOM linkages to new geographic areas after each census.

About 94% of the postal codesOM were linked to geographic areas using the new automated process. A quality indicator for the confidence of this linkage is available in the PCCF.

How to cite this guide

Postal CodeOM Conversion File (PCCF), Reference Guide, 2013. Statistics Canada Catalogue
no. 92-154-G.

How to cite this product

Postal CodeOM Conversion File (PCCF), 2013. Statistics Canada Catalogue no. 92-154-X.

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