1. Getting Started
This guide is primarily designed to help users unfamiliar with CANSIM database find and download data.
a. What is CANSIM?
CANSIM is Statistics Canada’s main socioeconomic time series database. It contains most of the aggregate data collected by Statistics Canada on a regular basis such as data from the Consumer Price Index Survey, the Labour Force Survey, or the National Income and Expenditure accounts.
b. How to access CANSIM?
All U of T students, staff, and faculty have access to SimplyMap. SimplyMap is accessed through a web browser (Firefox or Internet Explorer). If you are off-campus, you need to login with your UTORid before you can use SimplyMap. In this case, you should start by accessing SimplyMap through the library’s website. Go to https://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca. Type “simplymap” in the search box. In the search results, under “Databases”, click “SimplyMap Canada”:
Open Scholars GeoPortal by going to http://geo.scholarsportal.info
Use the main search box to search for census tract boundary files. You can search by phrase, keyword, title, and more.
Type in the phrase “Census Tracts 2011” and click Search.
The vast majority of map titles in the Map & Data Library collection are indexed in the University of Toronto Library online catalogue. The Advanced Search option allows you to limit your search to the collections of the Map & Data Library and/or to cartographic materials only.