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Road Network File

The 2005 Road Network File is a digital representation of Canada's national road network, containing information such as street names, type, direction and address ranges. It is now available free of charge.

It is the first official release from the 2006 Census Geography suite of products and services.

The unrestricted use of the file allows you to preview the national road network, which is the source for the creation of geographic units being used to conduct the 2006 Census of Population.

Other applications of this file include: mapping, geo-coding, geographic searching, area delineation, and database maintenance as a source for street names and locations.

The 2005 Road Network File is available for Canada and individual provinces and territories in three formats: ArcINFO®, MapInfo®, and, for the first time, Geography Markup Language.

Statistics Canada maintains road network information to support the census and other Agency activities where the relative position of road network features is important in maps created for navigation and reference purposes. Therefore, topological accuracy takes precedence over absolute positional accuracy. This file is not recommended for engineering applications, emergency dispatching services, surveying or legal applications.

The 2005 Road Network File is also not compatible with 2001 Census products. It does not replace the 2001 Road Network File, which is a similar product available as part of the 2001 suite of Geography products, and used in conjunction with products and services from the 2001 Census.

The 2005 Road Network File (92-500-XWE, free) and its reference guide (92-500-GIE, free) are now available in electronic format.

For more information, or to order these files, please contact Geo-Help (613-951-3889, geohelp@statcan.ca), Geography Division.




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