Table 1

Statistical Area Classification Hierarchy (2001)[20,21]

Category

Description

% of Canadian Population


Urban


Census Metropolitan Areas (CMA)

One or more adjacent Census Subdivisions (CSDs) situated around a major urban core (population ≥ 100,000).

64.3


Census Agglomerations (CA)

One or more adjacent CSDs situated around a major urban core (population ≥ 10,000).

15.1


Rural


Strong Metropolitan Influenced Zone (MIZ)

A CSD where more than 30% of residents commute to work in an urban core (population < 10,000).

5.1


Moderate MIZ

A CSD where between 5% and 30% of residents commute to work in an urban core (population < 10,000).

7.6


Weak MIZ

A CSD where between 0% and 5% of residents commute to work in an urban core (population < 10,000).

6.6


No MIZ

A CSD where forty or fewer residents commute to work in an urban core (population < 10,000).

1.1


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