The February 2021 update of the Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF) is now available. This file links the six-character postal codes to standard 2016 Census geographic areas, such as dissemination areas, census tracts and census subdivisions. As of February 2018, the distribution of this product is shared between Statistics Canada and Canada Post Corporation
(This information taken from: https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/en/catalogue/92-154-X).
By linking postal codes to the Statistics Canada geographic areas, the file facilitates the extraction and subsequent aggregation of data for selected geographic areas. The PCCF also associates each postal code with a longitude and latitude coordinate to support mapping applications. The file also indicates the source, quality and type of linkage made between the postal code and the geographic area.
Note: The 2016 Census PCCF record layout has changed from the previous 2011 Census PCCF in order to allow for a 3-digit Dissemination Block code from the previous length of 2-digits. The record layout is found in the Technical Specification section of the PCCF Reference Guide.
Postal codes retired before January 1, 2016 are included in a separate file called Retired 2015 (R2015.txt), available with the PCCF.
The February 2021 update of the Postal Codes by Federal Ridings File (PCFRF) (2013 Representation Order) is also available. This product, a subset of the PCCF, provides a link between the six-character postal code and Canada's federal electoral districts (commonly known as federal ridings). The "unique link" variable indicates if the postal code is linked to one or more federal electoral districts (FEDs). When the postal code is linked to more than one FED, the "weight" variable estimates the proportion of the population of the postal code that resides within each FED.
The PCCF is updated semi-annually. Limitations and usage of the PCCF can be explored in the PCCF Reference Guide and the Postal Codes by Federal Ridings File (PCFRF) Reference Guide.
Check out this webinar on the Postal Code Conversion File Plus (PCCF+): How it works, when to use it, and how to use it.
For more information, contact GeoHelp (613-951-3889; firstname.lastname@example.org), Geography Division.
To access the data please follow the steps below:
- Read Carleton University's End-Use Licence Agreement for Postal Code Conversion Files;
- Then, contact Data Services.
For more information and guides, check out this page from Queen's.