GeoSearch2011 - Help finding geographic areas and related data

Help finding geographic areas and related data provides quick tips in locating information in GeoSearch2011.

  1. Do you want to search for a specific location?

    • To search for a place

      1. Select the "Search" tab.
      2. Select "Place".
      3. Type a place in the text box, and press the "Find place" button.
      4. From the drop-down list, select a place, and press the "Zoom to location" button.

      Note: The results in the drop-down list are broken down by level of geographic area (such as [CSD], [CT], [CMA/CA], etc). These places are standard geographic areas; they can be highlighted on the map and have associated data displayed in the data table. This list also contains non-standard geographic areas (identified as [PLACE]). They are shown on the map as a point location only; they have no associated data displayed in the data table.

    • To search for a postal code

      1. Select the "Search" tab.
      2. Select "Postal code".
      3. Type a postal code in the text box, and press the "Find postal code" button.

      Note: The postal code search is intended to provide a general area of reference. There is no associated data displayed in the data table.

    • To search for a street address

      1. Select the "Search" tab.
      2. Select "Street address".
      3. Type a civic number, street name, city and postal code in the text boxes. Then select from the drop-down list the street type, street direction and province/territory, and then press the "Find street address" button. Required fields are marked by a red asterisk.
      4. If the City/Town entered has multiple matches, GeoSearch will return a list to choose from before completing the search.

      Note: A street address is not a standard geographic area. It is shown on the map as a point location and does not have associated data displayed in the data table.

    • To search for a street intersection

      1. Select the "Search" tab.
      2. Select "Street intersection".
      3. Type a street name 1, street name 2, city, and postal code into the text boxes. Then select from the drop-down list the street types, street directions and province/territory, and then press the "Find street intersection" button. Required fields are marked by a red asterisk.
      4. If the City/Town entered has multiple matches, GeoSearch will return a list to choose from before completing the search.
      5. If no civic number was entered, GeoSearch will return a list of address ranges to choose from.

      Note: A street address is not a standard geographic area. It is shown on the map as a point location and does not have associated data displayed in the data table.

    • To search for an area by geographic code

      1. Select the "Search" tab.
      2. Select "Geographic code".
      3. Select a geographic area level from the drop-down list.
      4. Enter a 2011 Census standard geographic code in the text box.
      5. Press the "Find geographic code" button.

      Note: Standard geographic areas are highlighted on the map and associated data is displayed in the data table.

  2. Do you want to select a specific boundary to display on the map?

    1. Select the "Boundaries" tab.
    2. Select main boundary to display on map.
    3. Optional- select additional boundary to display on map.
    4. Press the "Display boundaries" button.

    Note: If a boundary in the drop-down list is not selectable (i.e. the boundary is greyed out), zoom in using the "Zoom in" button. The main and additional boundaries are available based on scale. When selecting a main boundary from the drop-down list, the list of additional boundaries will be populated with higher level boundaries.

  3. Do you want to display thematic map data by geographic area?

    1. Select the "Boundaries" tab.
    2. Select Census Divisions, Census Subdivisions or Census Tracts as the main boundary. If the desired boundary is not selectable from the drop-down list (i.e. the boundary is greyed out), zoom in using the "Zoom in" button.
    3. Once the desired boundary is displayed on the map, select the "Thematic maps" tab.
    4. Select a theme from the drop-down list.
    5. Press the "Display thematic map" button.

    Note: Thematic maps are available for Census Divisions, Census Subdivisions and Census Tracts only. To display a thematic map, the desired boundary has to be set as the main boundary since thematic maps are displayed based on the main boundary only.

  4. Do you want to display a general geographic hierarchy?

    1. Select the "Boundaries" tab.
    2. Select main boundary to display on map.
    3. Press the "Display boundaries" button.
    4. Select the "Geographic hierarchy" tab.
    5. The geographic hierarchy displayed is the one for the main boundary.
  5. Do you want to display the geographic hierarchy for the geographic area currently selected?

    1. Select an area using the "Select area" button.
    2. OR
    3. Select an area by performing a Place search or a Geographic code search.
    4. Select the "Geographic hierarchy" tab.
    5. The geographic hierarchy displayed is the one for the area currently selected.
  6. Do you want to display related data and maps for the geographic area currently selected?

    1. Select an area using the "Select area" button.
    2. OR
    3. Select an area by performing a Place search or a Geographic code search.
    4. Select the "Related data and maps" tab.
    5. The Related data and maps links displayed are those for the area currently selected.
  7. Do you want to view additional information for selected geographic areas via the data table?

    1. Select an area using the "Select area" button.
    2. OR
    3. Select an area by performing a Place search or a Geographic code search.
    4. View selected characteristics for up to five areas via the data table (selected area and four previous selections).
  8. Specific examples:

  9. Find 2011 population count for the city of London, Ontario:

    1. Select the "Search" tab.
    2. Select "Place".
    3. Type "London" in the text box, and press the "Find place" button.
    4. From the drop-down list, select "London, CY [CSD], Ont.", and press the "Zoom to location" button.
    5. The 2011 population count for the city of London, Ontario will be displayed in the data table along with other selected characteristics.
  10. Find the 2011 total private dwellings for a specific dissemination block (for example, rue du Bocage, Lévis, Québec):

    1. Select the "Search" tab.
    2. Select "Street address".
    3. Type "du Bocage" as the street name, "Lévis" as the City/Town and select "Québec" as Province/Territory. Press the "Find street address" button.
    4. From the drop-down list, select "Lévis, V [CSD], Que.". Press the "Zoom to location" button.
    5. From the drop-down list, select the desired address range, let say "237-281, 234-278", and press the "Zoom to location" button.
    6. Select the "Boundaries" tab.
    7. Select "Dissemination blocks" as the main boundary to display on map.
    8. On the map, select the dissemination block of interest using the "Select area" button.
    9. The 2011 total private dwellings for the selected dissemination block will be displayed in the data table along with other selected characteristics.

    Note: The previous steps are done if the dissemination block code is not known. If the dissemination block code is available, use it directly via the geographic code search.

  11. Display a thematic map showing the "Population change, 2006 to 2011 (percentage change)" by Census Tracts:

    1. Select the "Boundaries" tab.
    2. Select "Census Tracts" as the main boundary. If the Census Tract boundary is not selectable from the drop-down list (i.e. the boundary is greyed out), zoom in using the "Zoom in" button.
    3. Press the "Display boundaries" button.
    4. Select the "Thematic maps" tab.
    5. Select "Population change, 2006 to 2011 (percentage change)" from the drop-down list.
    6. Press the "Display thematic map" button.
  12. Display the geographic hierarchy for the Census Subdivision of Vancouver, British Columbia:

    1. Select the "Boundaries" tab.
    2. Select "Place".
    3. Type "Vancouver" in the text box, and press the "Find place" button.
    4. Select the "Geographic hierarchy" tab.
    5. View the geographic hierarchy for the Census Subdivision of Vancouver, British Columbia.
  13. Find related data and maps for Québec City, Québec:

    1. Select the "Boundaries" tab.
    2. Select "Place".
    3. Type "Québec" in the text box, and press the "Find place" button.
    4. Press the "Display boundaries" button.
    5. From the drop-down list, select "Québec, V [CSD], Que". Press the "Zoom to location" button.
    6. View the Related data and maps for Québec City, Québec.

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