General reference maps

These are the most-requested maps made by the Office of Statistics and Information.

Overview maps (1 page each)

2019 and 2010 Alberta Provincial Electoral Divisions

Alberta Census Divisions and Land-use Framework Regions

Alberta Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations

Alberta Census Subdivisions and Census Divisions

Alberta Census Subdivisions, Census Divisions and Economic Regions

Map series (documents containing individual maps)

Alberta interactive maps

Interactive maps on ArcGIS online

See the Quick User Guide to help you get started using this interactive tool.

Interactive map on GeoDiscover Alberta

See the GIS map viewer user guide to help you use this Census webmap.

OSI publication maps

OSI makes these maps:

Geospatial downloadable datasets

Boundary files, social vulnerability indicators and reference guides

For its work, the OSI uses a number of administrative and census geographic boundaries, as well as socio-economic data. The information is licensed under the Open Government License – Alberta.

The datasets are available as zipped shapefile packages (SHP) or as geodatabases (.gdb). The shapefile format is a popular geospatial vector data format for geographic information system (GIS) software. Metadata for the shapefiles are provided in HTML and XML format. Geodatabases are collections of files in a folder on disk that can store, query, and manage both spatial and nonspatial data. Metadata for the geodatabase are contained within the Geodatabase.

Boundary files - Statistics Canada reference guides

2016 Social Vulnerability Indicators

This dataset contains 16 layers related to social vulnerability. The topics covered include:

  • Age and Sex
  • Core Housing Needs
  • Immigration
  • Visible Minorities
  • Education
  • Employment
  • Income
  • Language
  • Lone-Parent Households
  • Mobility

The data is mapped by Census Subdivisions for Alberta and is derived from Statistics Canada 2016 Census data. The layers are stored in a File Geodatabase that was created using ESRI ArcGIS 10.3.1. A project file (.mxd) and metadata are contained within the geodatabase.

Census Division (CD) boundaries

A Census Division is a group of neighbouring municipalities joined together for the purposes of regional planning and managing common services like police or ambulance services.

These pages link to zipped shapefile packages (SHP), and metadata in HTML and XML format:

Census Subdivision (CSD) boundaries

A Census Subdivision is the general term for municipalities, as determined by provincial or territorial legislation, or areas treated as municipal equivalents for statistical purposes.

These pages link to zipped shapefile packages (SHP), and metadata in HTML and XML format:

Census Metropolitan Area (CMA) and Census Agglomeration (CA) boundaries

These boundaries are formed by one or more adjacent municipalities centred on a population centre, known as the core. A CMA must have a total population of at least 100,000 of which 50,000 or more must live in the core. A CA must have a core population of at least 10,000.

These pages link to zipped shapefile packages (SHP), and metadata in HTML and XML format::

Census Tract (CT) boundaries

A Census Tract is a small, relatively stable geographic area that usually has a population of less than 10,000 persons. They are located in census metropolitan areas and in census agglomerations that had a core population of 50,000 or more in the previous census.

These pages link to zipped shapefile packages (SHP), and metadata in HTML and XML format:

Dissemination Area (DA) boundaries

A Dissemination Area is the smallest standard geographic unit composed of one or more adjacent dissemination blocks with an average population of 400–700 persons.

These pages link to zipped shapefile packages (SHP), and metadata in HTML and XML format:

Economic Region (ER) boundaries

An Economic Region is a grouping of complete census divisions (CDs) created as a standard geographic unit for analysis of regional economic activity.

These pages link to zipped shapefile packages (SHP), and metadata in HTML and XML format:

Provincial Electoral Division (PED) boundaries

Provincial Electoral Divisions are comprised of all the areas in Alberta established as electoral divisions under the Alberta Electoral Divisions Act, and reflects the legally valid boundaries for provincial general elections and for provincial by-elections.

These pages link to zipped shapefile packages (SHP):

Spatial Analysis

Spatial analysis is the backbone of GIS (Geographical Information Systems) technologies, which lies at the core of all work done within the sphere of geospatial statistics within the Government of Alberta. To learn more about spatial analysis within this socio-economic environment, please check out this ArcGIS Online Story Map.

Geography standards

Cartographic standards

OSI mapping standards follow the National Topographic System (NTS) Polychrome Map Standards and Specifications; are proprietary, if applicable; and follow conventional and sound cartographic principles.

Metadata standards

All metadata is kept and recorded for every spatial dataset used by the OSI and complies with Alberta’s Geospatial metadata standard of the ISO 19115 North American Profile.

Quality control (QC) standards

Every spatial deliverable in the OSI undergoes rigorous review to ensure accuracy and consistency.

Geographic acronyms

See our list of OSI geographic acronyms.

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Ting Wei, Geospatial Data Analyst, Geospatial Statistics
Office of Statistics and Information
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Email: [email protected]

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