Note that the Map and Data Library at the University of Toronto, with support from other Ontario post-secondary libraries, has generously shared census boundary files back to 1911. This data is freely available through Scholars GeoPortal and may be downloaded as complete datasets for all of Canada or as clipped files. To access:
- Go to http://geo1.scholarsportal.info/#_lang=en.
- Click on the Census and administrative boundaries Subject category.
- Click on Add – 02 within the desired Census.
- Click on Add within the desired level of geography.
- Zoom to the desired area within the map.
- Click on the Download button. (Note that if you then click on Download by area of interest you will be able to select a pre-defined area or draw an area of interest.)
Sources of historical census data:
- Canadian Census Analyser @ CHASS: Profile data may be extracted back to 1961. Levels of geography available will depend on the census year.
- CHASS Microdata Analysis and Subsetting with SDA: Public Use Microdata Files (PUMFs) back to 1971.
- Microdata for the 1911-1951 censuses available in Research Data Centres (RDCs). Information re. how to apply to analyse these through the RDC@UNBC: http://library.unbc.ca/collections/data-statistics/rdc.
- 1911 and 1921 publicly available microdata: https://ccri.library.ualberta.ca/enindex.html.