I have a researcher who would like to link the crime statistics data in the B20/20 justice files to over 500 corresponding census subdivisions. I know that the data in the justice tables is at the detachment level; however, there is a geographic code attached to each detachment which looks census-like. Is there a relationship between the geographic codes in the justice tables and census geography below the provincial level? I suspect that the answer is no but if there is a correspondence, it would make merging the researcher’s census data with the crime data a whole lot easier. Any assistance with this would be very much appreciated.
You were correct, the answer is no. I asked CCJS and the UCR survey managers and analysts have told us that the first two digits are the standard province code in which the detachment resides. The other three digits are sequentially assigned and do not reflect any geographical boundaries census or otherwise. Your researcher should therefore not link these codes to census subdivisions or any other geographic level below the province.