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Government Publications - Beyond 20/20

Most census data is now freely available to the public via the Statistics Canada website. Some of the files, however, require Beyond 20/20, software that allows users to manipulate the data. The Topic-based tabulations are a typical example, and are av

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Census of Canada tables contain a lot of data. Some of it may not be relevant to you.

You can use B20/20 to show only the data that you need.

For example, Geographic data:

  • Most Census tables include data for Canada, the Provinces, and large metropolitan areas.
  • Many tables will also have data for towns and even large neighbourhoods.


You can use B20/20 to show only the geographic areas you are interested in.
 

 

Display the active dimension

  • Select the dimension you wish to limit, then click the "Display active dimension" button.
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Limit items

The table opens with all the geographic areas that are available.

  • To limit the data just click on the row(s) that you want.
  • Hold down the CTRL button to choose more than one row of data.
  • Once you’ve made your selections, click on Item and then Show. Close the active dimension window to return to your table.
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Reveal limited items

If you want to see all the items again, go back into the active dimension table. Right-click, and select "Show all"

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Change the labels of an active dimension

If you need to use the labels of a dimension to integrate with another program, you may need to change the labels. GIS software, for example, uses an 8-digit code to link the census data in your Beyond 20/20 file to the shapefiles. See this guide for more information on using Census data with GIS.

  • Select the dimension you wish to change.
  • Click the "Next Label" button.
  • The labels now show only the 8-digit codes, with names displayed for the larger regions. Save your file like this if you need to link it to GIS shapefiles.
  • If you need to get back to the original labels, keep clicking "Next Label" through the other options until you are back at the start.

 

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