Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2001

Status: This standard was replaced by the 'Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2006' as of January 16, 2007.

The Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) is Statistics Canada's official classification of geographic areas in Canada. The SGC provides unique numeric codes for three types of geographic areas: provinces and territories, census divisions (counties, regional municipalities), and census subdivisions (municipalities). The three geographic areas are hierarchically related; a seven-digit code is used to show this relationship. In addition the two other areas, Metropolitan Areas and Economic Regions are recognized as standard geographic areas in the SGC.

Classification structure

Standard Geographical Classification (SGC) 2001 - Classification structure
Code Province and territory Abbreviation Alpha code Map
10Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and LabradorNote 1 N.L. NL PDF
11Prince Edward Island Prince Edward Island P.E.I. PE PDF
12Nova Scotia Nova Scotia N.S. NS PDF
13New Brunswick New Brunswick N.B. NB PDF
24Quebec Quebec Que. QC PDF
35Ontario Ontario Ont. ON PDF
46Manitoba Manitoba Man. MB PDF
47Saskatchewan Saskatchewan Sask. SK PDF
48Alberta Alberta Alta. AB PDF
59British Columbia British Columbia B.C. BC PDF
60Yukon Territory Yukon Territory Y.T. YT PDF
61Northwest Territories Northwest Territories N.W.T. NT PDF
62Nunavut NunavutNote 2 Nvt. NU PDF


Note 1

The boundaries, names, codes and status of the standard geographic areas reflect those in effect on January 1, 2001 with the exception of the name change of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador (previously Newfoundland) which became effective on December 6, 2001. Before October 21, 2002, the alpha code for Newfoundland and Labrador was NF. Furthermore N.L. is the official abbreviation for the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. It replaces the provisional abbreviation (Nfld.Lab.) listed in the 2001 SGC manual.

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Note 2

There is no official abbreviation for Nunavut at this time. The abbreviation used here for this entity is provisional.

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