Dictionary, Census of Population, 2016

Release date: November 16, 2016


A blockface represents one side of a street between two consecutive features intersecting that street. The features can be other streets or boundaries of standard geographic areas. Blockfaces are used for generating blockface representative points, which in turn are used for geocoding and census data extraction when the street and address information are available.

Reported in

2016, 2011, 2006, 2001, 1996, 1991, 1986, 1981, 1976, 1971


Population and dwelling counts are not disseminated for individual blockfaces, since there are confidentiality concerns about releasing small population and dwelling counts at this level of geography.

Table 1.1 shows the number of blockfaces by province and territory.

Refer to related definitions of geocoding; representative point and Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI).

Changes prior to the current census

Minor changes in 2011:

Minor changes in 2006:

Major changes in 2001:

Prior to 2001:

Prior to 1991, blockfaces were not created when EA boundaries split city blocks.

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