Canada City Legislatures

City legislatures are often called 'city councils' or 'city assemblies'.

The constituencies are the areas that the members of the legislatures represent and are often called wards in the English speaking world. They are described by electoral boundary files. Please tell us about these electoral boundary files.

Please be careful not to submit polling districts. Polling districts are the areas which define the catchment of a polling station and are usually smaller than the constituency.

Larger cities, especially capital cities, sometimes have legislatures that exist at regional level. Please record them under Regional Constituencies.

Submission date
12:59pm on 2nd Jan 2020
Kyle Geske

Section A - About you

This section is not scored, but could provide valuable insights.

A1. Rate your knowledge of City Legislatures.

A2. Rate your knowledge of open data.

Section B - About the data


Please name the legislative body you are providing boundary files for. Sometimes members from more than one legislative body are elected based on the same constituencies; in this case please list all the legislative bodies. Similary if the file you link to has the constituency boundaries for multiple legislative bodies (e.g. all the state assemblies in a country) then please list all the legislative bodies included.

B1. To which legislative body (or bodies) do these boundary files apply?


Please answer “Yes”, if the boundary files are made available by the government or other body on a public website. Please answer “No” if the data are NOT available online or are available online only after registering, requesting the data from a civil servant via email, completing a contact form or another similar administrative process.

B2. Are the boundary files available online without the need to register or request access to them?

B2.1. Are the boundary files available online after requesting access or registering?

B2.1. Are the boundary files available online form another source - eg community created?


Please describe the source as follows: If you found the files on an electoral commission website please fill in: “Electoral Commission website”. If the boundaries are only available as a Web Feature Service on the same website please specify this by writing "WFS on Electoral Commission website".

B2.2. Where did you find the boundary files?


Boundary data for constituencies may not be available for the whole country - if you are providing a subset answer 'No' and then specify the sub-region(s) you are providing the data for.

B3. Do the boundary files you are providing cover the whole country?


Please use the official names of the regions you're including - this allows us to better track the coverage of a country for a given level of government.

B3.1. Please list the regions of the country that are covered by these boundary files - please use the highest level of administrative unit that is appropriate.

B3.2. Are boundary files for this type of constituency available for the rest of the country?


If the area is not split into constituencies please provide the administrative area of the legislative body. i.e. the whole country, state, region, city, etc.

B4. Do the boundary files describe constituencies?


Please enter the name of the government department or agency responsible for producing these boundary files

B5. Who is responsible for producing these boundary files?


Please also submit evidence that data is collected, managed or mandated by government (e.g. by submitting the URL to a disclaimer of government endorsement).

B5.1. Please provide the name of the government agency or organisation that collects the data.

B5.1. Please provide the name of the non-government body which collected the data.


Please answer 'No' if post processing is required to combine smaller administrative subdivisions in order to construct the geometry of the constituency.

B6. Are the constituency boundaries directly available in the boundary files dataset?

B6.1. If it is necessary to assemble them please list the types of administrative subdivisions required and the sources describing which administrative units make up each constituency.


If you cannot find all data characteristics online, continue answering all further questions referring to the characteristics you found.

B7. Please check as many of the following characteristics that you know are present in the boundary files

B8. Are the boundary files available free of charge?


Please answer “Yes”, if you can easily download all the data at once from the URL at which you found them. Please answer “No” if you have to do many manual steps to download the data, or if you can only retrieve very few parts of a large dataset at a time (for instance through a search interface).

B9. Are the boundary files downloadable at once?


Please base your answer on the date at which you answer this question. Answer “No” if you cannot determine a date, or if the boundary files are outdated.

B10. Boundary files should be up to date for the current legislative term: Are the boundary files up-to-date?


Boundary files can be valid for one or many legislative terms. Please tell us the legislative terms when you know these boundaries were definitely valid

B10.1. What were the legislative term or terms when these boundaries were valid?


Boundary files can be valid for one or many legislative terms. Please tell us the legislative terms when you know these boundaries are definitely valid

B10.1. What is the legislative term or terms when these boundaries are valid?


This question measures if anyone is legally allowed to use, modify and redistribute data for any purpose. Only then data is considered truly "open" (see Open Definition). Answer ”Yes” if the data are openly licensed. The Open Definition provides a list of conformant licences. Answer also “Yes” if there is no open licence, but a statement that the dataset is in “public domain”. To count as public domain the dataset must not be protected by copyright, patents or similar restrictions. If you are not sure whether an open licence or public domain disclaimer is compliant with the Open Definition 2.1, seek feedback on the Open Data Index discussion forum.

B11. Are the boundary files openly licensed/in public domain?


Public domain statements can be disclaimers, terms of use or similar texts.

B11.1. Please submit a URL to the open licence or to a statement that the data are in public domain.


Tell us the file formats of the data. We automatically compare them against a list of file formats that are considered machine-readable and open. A file format is called machine-readable if your computer can process, access, and modify single elements in a data file. The Index considers formats to be “open” if they can be fully processed with at least one free and open-source software tool. The source code of these format does not have to be open. Potentially these formats allow more people to use the data, because people do not need to buy specific software to open it.

B12. In which formats are the boundary files?



If the same set of constituencies are used to elect more than one elected body, please list them. This might be the case if there is a 'chamber' and a 'senate' which share constituencies.

What is the name of the legislative body you are providing constituencies for?


Please list the names of the legislative bodies where these constituencies are used to elect members.

What are the names of legislative bodies you are providing constituencies for?


Data may be in a machine-readable format like an .xls spreadsheet. But they might contain unstructured information (like notes randomly written in a column). Such data often has to be cleaned to become usable. Tell us the effort it takes for you to use the data. Base your assessment on whether the data are fit for your use cases.

Please provide an assessment of how easily the data are usable without human effort. Select 1 if extensive effort is required to make data usable, select 2 if some effort is required and select 3 if little to no effort is required.