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This guide covers the content, coverage and quality of the Road Network File created from the road layer coverage in Statistics Canada's digital geographic database, the National Geographic Database. The file reflects the National Geographic Database road layer content as it existed in March 2010. Only road features were selected from this database to create the Road Network File.

The Road Network File contains roads, road names, types, directions and address ranges. Address ranges are dwelling-based.

The Road Network File provides digital line coverage for Canada. There are 14 standard road network files:

  • Canada
  • 10 provinces and 3 territories

The Road Network File's digital coordinates are in latitude/longitude and are based on the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83). The Road Network File is available in ArcInfo® format, Geography Markup Language format and MapInfo® format. See Technical specifications for more details on record layouts and file formats.

Reference date

The geographic reference date is a date determined by Statistics Canada to finalize the geographic framework. The geographic reference date for this edition of the Road Network File is March 2010.