Practice English Speaking&Listening with: Finding Geospatial Data

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Are you trying to create a Census Map or view Census Boundaries?

Are you looking to view Census data by

Census Tract or by Census Division?

Either way your first step is to download some Census Boundaries.

To locate the boundary files, select the 'Geospatial' link

found at the top of all the 'Data-GIS' pages.

Since we're specifically looking for census data boundaries,

select from the U of T Map and Data Library box,

found on the left side of the 'Geospatial' pages,

'Census of Canada, 2006: spatial data'.

From here we can access all the Canadian Census boundaries

for the 2006 census year.

When you scroll down on this page, you can see all the different

level of boundaries that can be downloaded.

The Cartographic boundary files have been

modified to follow shorelines,

while the Digital boundary files extend beyond the shorelines.

Perhaps we want to view the Toronto boundary; we need to

download data at the Census Subdivision level.

For our purposes we would like the shorelines

and the Toronto islands to be visible so we will

download the Cartographic boundary files.

Beneath the CBF, select on the X beneath the ArcInfo column.

A download pop up window will appear.

Select the 'Save File' radio button and 'OK'.

Please note that you have now downloaded all the

Census Subdivision boundary files for Canada.

To view this spatial data file in ArcGIS

we will have to unzip the boundary file and then open it in ArcMap.

In ArcMap, you can now zoom into the Toronto

area to view your boundary file.

For further instruction in ArcMap, please visit our Video Archives.

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