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2011 Census Profiles

2011 Census Profiles

What's in the profiles:

- age, sex, dwellings, families, marital status and languages for specific geographic areas

- smallest geographic area: Dissemination Area (DA)  (definition of a DA)

What you can do with the profiles:

compare any two geographic areas side-by-side 

- map an area

- export tables in several formats: HTML, XML, IVT and CSV/TAB

How to get one specific profile:

- go to the Census Profile page on the Statistics Canada website

- search by postal code, address, or Census geographic code

- use GeoSearch 2011 to find DA number for an area 

How to get many profiles, all at once:

2011 Census Highlight Tables

What's in the highlight tables:

- a few key indicators from each Census topic

- tables provide counts, % distribution and sometimes % change figures from 2006 Census

- smallest geographic area: Census Subdivision = municipality level (definition of CSD)

What you can do with the highlight tables:

- select specific geographic area(s) and sort columns

- some tables include a "figure": a ready-made chart or graph

2011 Topic-based Tabulations

These tables typically combine at least four variables to provide a much more in-depth portrait of an area than the Profiles. Many of these variables are broken down to a very fine level of detail. Some tables are available at the Census Tract level, but many are not, due to the need for confidentiality.

An Example of a Topic-Based Tabulation:

Presence of Children (5), Number of Children at Home (8) and Census Family Structure (7) for the Census Families in Private Households (Canada, Provinces/Territories, Census Divisions, and Census Subdivisions) 

To make sense of what this table can tell you, it helps to separate out the variables (also called 'dimensions') that it includes:

  1. Presence of children: 5 options
  2. Number of children at home: 8 options
  3. Census family structure: 7 options
  4. Geography: 4 levels

 Working with Topic-Based Tabulations:

When you view this table on the Statistics Canada website (in HTML), you can only manipulate a few of these variables. You can't see every combination. For maximum flexibility, you must download the statistics into CSV or TAB formats to view in a spreadsheet program like Excel, or into IVT format to analyze in Beyond 20/20 software (free download, Windows version only).

Beyond 20/20

The tables on the Statistics Canada website are fairly 'fixed'; you can only customize the tables to a limited extent.

You can export most tables in other formats (for example .csv) for use with spreadsheet software such as Excel.

Many tables are available in Beyond 20/20 (.ivt) format. This software allows you to work with the data to create very customized tables with different cross-tabulations. 

Beyond 20/20 has already been downloaded on Library workstations.