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Geographic codes are used in combination with the province/territory code and other higher level geographic area codes in order to uniquely identify each geographic unit in Canada.
The Standard Geographical Classification (SGC), Statistics Canada's official classification of geographic areas, provides unique codes for three hierarchically-related geographic areas: provinces and territories, census divisions and census subdivisions.
For further details, refer to the description of geographic code in the definitions of census agricultural region (CAR); census consolidated subdivision (CCS); census division (CD); census metropolitan area (CMA) and census agglomeration (CA); census subdivision (CSD); census tract (CT); designated place (DPL); dissemination area (DA); dissemination block (DB); economic region (ER); federal electoral district (FED); province or territory; Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) and urban area (UA). Also refer to the 2006 Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) Manual, Volumes I and II (Catalogue nos. 12-571-XIE or 12-571-XWE, and 12-572-XPB or 12-572-XWE).
Since 1981, the Standard Geographical Classification has been the sole official geographic classification system used for disseminating data for provinces/territories, census divisions and census subdivisions.
For 1976 and 1971, both the SGC and census codes were used to disseminate census data.
Prior to 1971, only census codes were used to disseminate census data.