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1986 Census - J:\Canada\Statistics_Canada_Census\Census_1986\ct-86\Ottawa_Hull


The Canadian Census is conducted by Statistics Canada every 5 years, and provides a statistical portrait of the country and its people. The Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) provides Canadian academic institutions with affordable access to Statistics Canada data files and databases for teaching and research purposes. These digital spatial files describe the shape and location of geographic features such as streets or boundaries. They also show the location for which census data are tabulated and disseminated. The files can be combined with aggregate census data to create maps, charts or perform other types of analysis.

While Ottawa-Gatineau files are found within the Statistics Canada link at the top of this page, we also have a separated collection of Ottawa-Gatineau census geography files that include Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) shapefiles and/or Census Tract (CT) shapefiles for the national capital region for 1951, 1971, 1981, 1991, 2001, 2006, 2011, 2016, and 2021.

Available Themes:

2021 Illustrated Glossary of Geographic Units from Statistics Canada, including:

Aggregate dissemination area
Census agglomeration
Census agricultural region
Census division
Census metropolitan area
Census subdivision
Census tract
Census consolidated subdivision
Core, fringe and rural area
Designated place
Dissemination area
Dissemination block
Economic region
Federal electoral district
Geographical areas of Canada
Place name
Population centre
Province or territory
Rural area

Data Producer:

Statistics Canada

Publication Date:
Data Format:
2006, 2001 1996, 1991, 1986
Horizontal Geodetic Datum: NAD83
Projection: Geographic Coordinates (Latitude and Longitudes)
Horizontal Geodetic Datum: NAD27
Projection: Geographic Coordinates (Latitude and Longitudes)
Authorized Users:
Carleton University students, faculty and staff

Users are required to sign a Data Use Agreement before files may be acquired. All use of the data shall acknowledge Statistics Canada as the owner of copyright.

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