Population and Dwelling Count Highlight Tables, 2016 Census

Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and forward sortation areas© as reported by the respondents, 2016 Census – 100% data The letter C inside a yellow triangle - correctionUpdate of the 2016 Census data at the forward sortation area level of geography


This table shows the 2016 population and dwelling counts for reported forward sortation areas (FSAs©), which are represented by the first three characters of a postal codeOM.

The population, dwelling and household counts for a forward sortation area (FSA©) are based on the first three characters of the postal codesOM captured from the first page of the 2016 Census questionnaire. The same postal codeOM was assigned to all members of a given household to allow for the calculation of various census data.

The postal codeOM is captured for all households from the address information provided or accepted by the respondent on the front page of the census questionnaire. For the 2016 Census, held on May 10, 2016, some census questionnaires contained a pre-printed postal codeOM that the respondents could either accept or correct; however, other census questionnaires did not contain a pre-printed postal codeOM and respondents were asked to provide one by writing it on the questionnaire.

The postal codeOM provided by respondents may not be the same as the one assigned to their dwelling by Canada Post Corporation. For example, respondents may have given the postal codeOM of their mailing address, such as a post office location (as in the case of general delivery) or of a business location.

The postal codesOM were processed through a series of operations including data capture, and edit and imputation. The edit operation consisted of identifying applicable, acceptable and invalid postal codesOM. Postal codesOM were determined to be applicable for the 2016 Census, if they appeared on Canada Post Corporation’s Address Lookup File for May 2016, the month of the census. However, postal codesOM provided by the respondents were considered acceptable if they were found in the file from Canada Post Corporation within the six months leading up to the census. This is consistent with the effort to represent the FSA© and the postal codeOM whenever they could be considered as being in use at the time of the census. The imputation stage assigned applicable postal codesOM where either no postal codeOM was reported or an invalid postal codeOM was provided.

While these processes allow census respondents to provide postal codesOM of any category (for example, a commercial postal codeOM or a large volume receiver postal codeOM ), analysis of census results has shown that this occurs only for a small number of households. If an FSA© is not reported on the census questionnaire, as in the case of many business FSAs©, it is not included in the census products or the Census Forward Sortation Area© Boundary File. Where a postal codeOM is not frequently reported in a dissemination area, it may not be represented in the 2016 Census Forward Sortation Area© Boundary File which is built from dissemination areas. As a result, whereas 1,641 FSAs© were reported in the 2016 Census, only 1,620 are represented in the boundary file.

All households that provided a postal codeOM with the same FSA© were grouped to calculate FSA© totals in census products. As a result, it is possible that households located in a particular province be included in an FSA© found in another province. Therefore, calculating a provincial population, dwelling or household count by grouping FSAs© will not necessarily yield the same count as the one provided in the provincial or territorial population, dwelling or household count tables.

© This data includes information copied with permission from Canada Post Corporation.

OM: Postal code is an official mark of Canada Post Corporation.

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Population and dwelling counts, for Canada and forward sortation areas© as reported by the respondents, 2016 Census. Same-page links within the first column 'Geographic name' will move focus to the map beneath the table. When sorting the table headers (ascending or descending), the page reloads and focus moves to the top of the table.
Geographic name Population, 2016 Total private dwellings, 2016 Private dwellings occupied by usual residents, 2016
Ascending sort applied
No sort applied
No sort applied
No sort applied
CanadaFootnote 1 35,151,728 15,412,443 14,072,079
A0A 46,587 26,155 19,426
A0B 19,792 13,658 8,792
A0C 12,587 8,010 5,606
A0E 22,294 12,293 9,603
A0G 35,266 21,750 15,200
A0H 17,804 9,928 7,651
A0J 7,880 4,813 3,426
A0K 26,058 15,159 11,090
A0L 7,643 3,769 3,178
A0M 6,200 3,247 2,769
A0N 13,815 8,027 6,370
A0P 13,721 5,123 4,677
A0R 2,543 1,293 966
A1A 30,382 13,545 12,663
A1B 19,867 10,051 8,653
A1C 12,712 7,438 6,453
A1E 27,115 13,704 12,553
A1G 5,777 2,646 2,483
A1H 5,493 2,102 1,984
A1K 12,253 4,646 4,438
A1L 21,376 8,659 8,035
A1M 8,058 3,181 2,996
A1N 22,957 10,381 9,605
A1S 6,142 2,374 2,304
A1V 11,698 5,172 4,892
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