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The 2009 Road Network File is a digital representation of Canada's national road network, containing information such as street names, types, directions and address ranges. This file is available as a free download.

The file contains the national road network, which reflects the National Geographic Database road layer content as it existed as of March 1, 2009. Applications of this file may include mapping, geocoding, area delineation and database maintenance as a source for street names and locations.

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, relative positional accuracy takes precedence over absolute positional accuracy. This file is not suitable for engineering applications, emergency dispatching services, surveying or legal applications.

The 2009 Road Network File can be used to replace the 2008 Road Network File. However, the 2009 Road Network File does not replace the 2006 Road Network File, which is a similar product available as part of the 2006 suite of geography products, and used in conjunction with products and services from the 2006 Census.

The 2009 Road Network File is available for Canada and individual provinces and territories in three formats: ArcInfo®, Geography Markup Language and MapInfo®.

The 2009 Road Network File (92-500-X, free) and Road Network File, Reference Guide (92-500-G, free) are now available in electronic format from the Publications module of our website.

For more information, or to order these files, contact GeoHelp (613-951-3889;, Geography Division.