I work for a company that is looking to buy all the civic address data for Canada. I've been Googling around and I have yet to find a solution that is not pay per request.

We need it so that it can be integrated in to an ArcGIS server.

What we want to do with the data is tie to in to a Geodatabase where people will be able to search their address and have information pop up about their house. We have the metadata for each location but our current addressing system is partially interpolated/inaccurate (not accurate to the level that we'd like).

We're looking for source data.

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    For the most part, civic address information is managed at the provincial level.
    – Radar
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 16:16
  • possible duplicate of Where can I find Canadian postal code geometries?
    – dassouki
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 16:32
  • @dassouki I get the impression from the question they want to do local geocoding, which requires a lot more than just postal code boundaries, so I'm not sure this would really qualify as a duplicate. Detoxify, can you expand your question a bit to clarify exactly what you want to do with whatever data you're looking for? Geocoding isn't typically done against an address list, though it can be; it's done against street line data. For all of Cananda you're looking at a huge dataset to manage, which is why it's so often provided as a service instead.
    – Chris W
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 18:20
  • @ChrisW Good point, I'll keep my comment and close until the OP clarifies.
    – dassouki
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 18:21
  • BTW, if it is seeking a geocoding database, then it'd be a duplicate of gis.stackexchange.com/questions/14069
    – Chris W
    Commented Apr 17, 2015 at 18:24

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This might be better as a wiki.

In British Columbia, civic addressing is maintained by local governments (ie, municipalities and regional districts). Depending on what your use is for the data, they can often be obtained by simple data requests directly to those local governments if it's not publicly accessible already.

The data you get might not be under an open data license like the City of Vancouver, Surrey and maybe Banff, does and some other municipalities.

Most local governments are now sharing their civic address information with the Integrated Cadastral Information Society for their AddressBC database that you can become a member of for a hefty annual fee.

OpenData BC also lists a type of RESTful physical address geocoder service for BC that might be useful too.

  • Vancouver has ICIS address data in the opendata catalogue portal data.vancouver.ca/datacatalogue/icis.htm
    – Mapperz
    Commented Apr 18, 2015 at 0:51
  • @Mapperz Thanks, that's actually where the "City of Vancouver" link goes to.
    – SaultDon
    Commented Apr 19, 2015 at 1:40
  • I actually already have all the civic address data for BC. I've used that site countless times already, its an amazing resource.
    – Chris
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 18:50

I think you're looking for the Postal Conversion Code File. Other companies do provide their own version of it though with other socioeconomic data.

  • That doesn't have the level of detail for civic address points, its more of a block level of accuracy.
    – Chris
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 18:49

CanMap Address Points

Integrate Canada's most comprehensive collection of individual address points into your business application(s) or GPS devices to improve the accuracy of your results. Specifically designed and formatted for easy integration through our OEM content model, CanMap Address Points includes the definitive Canadian address database, high precision geographic coordinates, land use status and other critical location-based information.


Sample Addresses from text file in FME data inspector

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Notes: but from experience this data can be quite dated more so in rural areas.

you might find it better to go through local government some areas even have address point data as opendata.

  • I'm not looking for a geocoding service, I'm looking for data to use internally. We actually already have their data integrated in to our system but as you said, it is a bit dated. Ideally accurate to rooftops. Thank you for your input though, I appreciate it.
    – Chris
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 18:47
  • This is data not a service the sample data is address point txt here offers.dmtispatial.com/rs/dmtispatial/images/…
    – Mapperz
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 19:08
  • added screenshot of the address point data from the sample data link above
    – Mapperz
    Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 19:26

https://geocoder.ca/?register=1&capostal=1 - Canada Postal Address Database (26983726 records as of 2019-11-28 13:43:13)

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