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What data is expected?

A geographical map of the country including national traffic routes, stretches of water, and markings of heights. The map must at least be provided at a scale of 1:250,000 (1 cm = 2.5km). Geographic information is instrumental for many use cases, including the mapping of unemployment statistics or demographics, as well as journey planning. See our methodology section for more information.

  • Scale of 1:250,000 (1 cm = 2.5km)
  • Markings of national traffic routes
  • Markings of relief/heights
  • Markings of water stretches
  • National borders

How open is the data?

All answers

Question Answer Comment
Openly licenced Yes
In an open and machine-readable format GML, JSON, KMZ, SHP
Downloadable at once Yes
Up-to-date Yes
Publicly available Yes
Available free of charge Yes
findable 2
findable_steps I communicated with the Map Librarian at Carleton University
Collected by government Yes
usability 2
collector_name Natural Resources Canada
characteristics Scale of 1:250,000 (1 cm = 2.5km), Markings of national traffic routes, Markings of relief/heights, Markings of water stretches, National borders
location - Lakes and rivers in Canada - Canvec, - Transport networks in Canada – Canvec, - Elevation in Canada - Canvec
Each set is downloadable on its own, for the entire country. Updated as required. Some of the datasets are updated more frequently at the local level and those are produced by the provinces, terriroties and cities. Data use requires geomatics expertise and software. As the original submitter Tracey Lauriault notes: "these data were difficult to find. Also keep in mind that Provinces, Territories and cities also produce some of these data and these would be at different scales and would have different update schedules."

Thank you, Tracey Lauriault, for contributing to the Global Open Data Index.

Meta data

Data location - Lakes and rivers in Canada - Canvec - Transport networks in Canada – Canvec - Elevation in Canada - Canvec
Data licence
Data format   GML, JSON, KMZ, SHP
Reviewer   Danny Lämmerhirt
Submitters   Danny Lämmerhirt
Last modified   Tue Apr 04 2017 13:12:01 GMT+0000 (UTC)