Agricultural Ecumene Boundary File: Reference Guide

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About this guide

This reference guide is intended for users of the Agricultural Ecumene Boundary File. The guide provides an overview of the files, the general methodology used to create them, and important technical information for users.

This reference guide does not provide details on specific software packages that are available for use with the Agricultural Ecumene Boundary File. Users are advised to contact the appropriate software vendor for information.

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What's new?

  • Updates were made to the hydrographic layers with a selection of features from the National Hydro Network (NHN). As a result, users may notice differences in the geometry of the hydrography network in British Columbia compared to the 2006 Census version.
  • The Agricultural Ecumene Boundary File is available for free download from the Statistics Canada website (
  • There is more standardization with the geographic boundaries used with the Population Ecumene Census Division Cartographic Boundary File. The same generalized boundaries are used for each.
  • In addition to the specific criteria developed for choosing what areas to include in the ecumene, satellite imagery was used to help localize the ecumene in areas of marginal agriculture.
  • The census division boundaries are no longer embedded in the ecumene layer, but are included as a separate layer.
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