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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Boundary Files

Q: Will the boundary files in MapInfo format work with older versions of MapInfo software?
A: MapInfo users with versions that pre-date MapInfo version 8.0 may experience difficulties opening the Province/Territory and Economic Region cartographic boundary files. This is due to earlier versions of MapInfo having lower restrictions on the number of nodes per object and/or a multi-polygon object limits per record.

Q: What Census Subdivision Boundary file types are available for which years?
A: The Census Subdivision Digital Boundary Files are available for 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2010. The Census Subdivision Cartographic Boundary File is available for 2006.

General questions

Q: What software do I need to unzip the compressed files which I have downloaded?
A: Files downloaded can be uncompressed using WINZIP software. If you do not have the most recent version of WINZIP, go to the WINZIP home page and follow the on-line instructions to download or order your copy.

Q: How can open and use these files?
A: Links to the free downloadable Geographic Information System applications have been made available on the Boundary Files product download webpage .

Q: What Geographic Information System applications are these files compatible with
A: Shape files can be used with ArcGIS and other ESRI compatible software products. TAB files can be used with MapInfo. GML files can be opened using various software packages, including many open source applications.

Q: How can one convert one format to another?
A: User will require knowledge of Geographic Information System applications or data interoperability software to convert formats.