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City
An incorporated/municipal area that has a population of 25,000 or more. Most incorporated cities became a City due to a dense population, but some cities are municipal creations that are a combination of urban and rural communities whose combined populations add up to 25,000 or more

Amalgamation
The blending of places into one municipality

Borough
An administrative area within a city or large town

Broken Front
An area of land (usually a Concession or Lot) that is bordered by a body of water, therefore making the size of the concession or lot near the water larger, smaller or differently shaped than the other concessions/lots within that township. Usually "Broken Front" is written "BF" (ie, Concession BF)

Community
Two meanings: A populated area with less than 1,000 inhabitants that has not been incorporated; Or it can also refer to any populated area including villages, towns, cities, your neighbourhood, etc.

Concession
A tract of land within a Township. Townships were divided into Concessions, and then Concessions were divided into Lots and sold to settlers.

County
A geographic (sometimes municipal) division of a province. Counties are divided into townships which have certain powers of government.

Currently Exists
A place name that is still in use, whether locally or governmentally.

District
A geographic (sometimes municipal) division of a province

District Town
A village/town/city within a District that is comparable to what a capital city (ie, Toronto) is today; The administrative area of a District

Enumeration District
A district created for the purpose of census taking.

Geographic District
See: District

Geographic Location
Where a place is geographically located (as on a map). This information may have nothing to do with the governing body (municipality)

Geographic Township
See: Township

Incorporated
A politically independent area. In Ontario an area may become incorporated once it reaches a certain population. After incorporation the area is a separate municipality and no longer considered part of the township municipality

Land Formation
A natural or man-made formation of land such as a mountain or man-made lake

Lot
A tract of land within a concession

Misplaced
Lost, or in the case of Ontario Locator a place name where existence and location cannot be confirmed

Municipal Location
The municipality a place is part of

Municipal Township
See: Municipality

Municipality
An area that has powers of self-government

No Longer Exists
A place that is either completey non-existent or now known by another name

Non-Incorporated
See: Un-incorporated

Place Name
The name under which a place is known

Province
A geographic and self-governing area of Canada

Query
A question or inquiry

Rural
Also referred to as "the country", area with a spread out population, and/or an area meant for agricultural or non-development purposes

Town
A place with 2,000 or more inhabitants that has not been incorporated as a city

Township
A geographic or municipal division of a county or district.

Un-Incorporated
An area that does not have self-government. Governing of this area is taken care of by either the township (if this is an un-incorporated community), or by the province (if this is an un-incorporated township)

Urban
A densely populated area

Village
A place with 1,000 or more inhabitants that has not been incorporated as a town

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