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Census Geographies

The Peel Data Centre makes available at different levels of geography. To find out more about these geographies see our Summary Census Geography document.

Many of the geographies can also be viewed on Open Data in the Regional Geography section.

If you do not find the information you are looking, try our Other Resources or contact us.

Census Metropolitan Areas (CMAs)

Census metropolitan areas consist of large urbanized areas that surround an urban core. The urban core must have a population greater than 100,000. Peel is a part of the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area.

Please note that the boundaries of the Toronto Census Metropolitan Area and the Greater Toronto Area are different. See the Summary Census Geography document for more info.

Census Divisions (CDs)

Census divisions are counties, regional districts or regional municipalities. Peel is a census division.

See the Summary Census Geography document for more info.

Census Subdivisions (CSDs)

Census subdivisions are cities, towns, villages and townships that are incorporated into census divisions. Mississauga, Brampton and Caledon are census subdivisions. See the Summary Census Geography document and Open Data for more information.

Forward Sortation Areas (FSAs)

Forward sortation areas are the areas represented by the first three digits of a postal code, created by Canada Post for the purpose of delivering and sorting mail. These boundaries do not always align perfectly to the Region of Peel boundary.

Forward Sortation Areas, 2011


Wards are an electoral district within a municipality used in local politics.
View data by ward boundaries using our online dynamic tool or Open Data.

Service Delivery Areas (SDAs)

Service Delivery Areas (SDAs) are geographies intended to support service planning and delivery by providing data that is relevant to local geographies. SDAs were drafted based on homogeneous socioeconomic census characteristics and broad-based consultations with service providers across Peel Region. SDAs are comprised of census dissemination areas and have varying population thresholds for each municipality.

View data by SDA boundaries using our online dynamic tool or Open Data.

Census Tracts (CTs)

Census tracts are relatively permanent neighbourhoods that are home to about 4,000 people.
Census tract boundaries are usually defined by physical features such as roads, streams and railroad tracks.

View key data mapped by census tract in Census Maps or visit Open Data.

Dissemination Areas (DAs)

Dissemination areas are the smallest standard geography for Census data and have a population of about 500 people.

See the Summary Census Geography document for more info or visit Open Data

Other Resources

Please send comments and questions to:

Peel Data Centre
Region of Peel
Digital and Information Services,
Information Management Division
10 Peel Centre Dr., Suite A, 6th Flr.
Brampton, ON L6T 4B9