The May 2011 update of the Postal Code Conversion File (PCCF) is now available. This file links the six-character postal codes to standard 2006 Census geographic areas, such as dissemination areas, census tracts and census subdivisions.

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 record layout of the PCCF has been changed to include population centres, which have replaced "urban areas". All areas outside of population centres continue to be defined as "rural areas". For more information, see the PCCF reference guide or the notice entitled "From urban areas to population centres".

The May 2011 update of the Postal Codes by Federal Ridings File (2003 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.

For more information, contact GeoHelp (613-951-3889;, Geography Division.

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Content last reviewed: July 11, 2018