Census tract tutorial, part 1

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Census tracts (CT) are small geographic units created in all census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and in those census agglomerations (CAs) with a core population of 50,000 or more. They provide a level of geography between the CMA and CA and the dissemination area that allows for more detailed economic and social analysis.

Census tract boundaries are created by a committee of local specialists (for example, planners, health and social workers, and educators) in cooperation with Statistics Canada.

According to the 2011 Census, there are a total of 5,452 census tracts in all 33 CMAs and 15 of the 114 CAs.

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