Geographic Attribute File (GAF), 1996 Census

Coordinate system: 4269 - "NAD83"


The Geographic Attribute File is a dataset that contains census geographic information at the Enumeration Area level for all of Canada for the 1996 census. Each record includes geographic coordinates, population and dwelling counts, land area, names, unique identifiers, and geographic codes for linkages with other census boundaries.

The original dataset is available from Statistics Canada as a text file (.txt). For viewing in Scholars GeoPortal, the dataset was converted from this original format into a Shapefile format using the point coordinates available for each record. Each point is the population centre of an Enumeration Area.

The original data, and other supporting files and documentation, are available as additional downloads from Scholars GeoPortal.

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