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  • 1. Downloading Census Boundary Files Using Scholars GeoPortal Map and Data Library, 5th floor Robarts Library, University of Toronto
  • 2. Search for Census Geography Files • Search for Census Tracts (CT) • Cartographic Boundary files (CBFs) • Census Metropolitan Areas (CMA) • Digital Boundary files (DBFs)
  • 3. View File Details (Metadata)
  • 4. Explore & Visualize the data• Add the CT, 2006 CBF • Zoom to Montreal, QC layer to the map, click • Click to identify CTs of interest
  • 5. Option 1: Query Data Table After you enter your query string, press Execute
  • 6. Export file (with query results) Be sure to scroll through the attribute table to check your query results!
  • 7. Get Export file (.shp, .xls, .csv) Your exported file will appear in the download tab
  • 8. Option 2: Downloading a file by a predefined area CTs are found 1. in urban areas (often called Census Metropolitan 2. Areas ) across Canada3. Choose to 4. download by Click on the map CMAs, this will give to select the area us the entire Montreal Area
  • 9. Choose output file & download Depending on the size of the file, this may take a couple seconds or minutes
  • 10. Check file in ArcGIS (open ArcMap) • Extract the .zip file on your computer Add data After you add your data, the boundaries will appear on the map, double check the data look correct Right click to open attribute table
  • 11. View the Attribute Table This file also contains adjacent Census Agglomerations (CAs) where the boundaries touch one another, in this case we can delete the adjacent data and only include ‘462’ CMAUID codes, SAVE your data file.For more information about naming conventions forCTs, CMAs, & CAs visit Statistics Canada’s website