I am using QGIS 2.12.0 to create forest maps. I usually succeed to create maps from shapefiles with different projections but for some reason I cannot succeed to align the layer of one shapefile.

As described in the help file and solutions found over the Internet I:

  • Assigned a projection using the right-click button
  • Assigned a similar projection to the project
  • I turned on “on the fly” retroprojection and reloaded the shapefile that I cannot align
  • Replaced the projection of the other layer with the one of the shapefile that I cannot align
  • Started my map using the shapefile I cannot align
  • Erased the .prj and the .qpj files to force QGIS to use the projection I want
  • Created a new copy (using the "save as" option) of the shapefile that I cannot align using the projection I want

I obviously check if QGIS accepts the change in projection. In all cases, QGIS accepts the changes.

What else should I do to succeed?

  • It looks to me as if you data itself is shifted. – Devdatta Tengshe Nov 25 '15 at 4:51
  • Could you perhaps share your shapefiles on a public server so that others could test it? – Joseph Nov 25 '15 at 10:45
  • @Joseph: I unfortunately cannot share these files. – Y. Claveau Nov 25 '15 at 17:11
  • @Devdatta: Thanks for your input. I requested the original files from the stakeholder. I can create maps using files from this source. The problem arises when I add files from the government. – Y. Claveau Nov 25 '15 at 17:20
  • Can you instead share the data's extents and what location it represents? Then perhaps someone could identify the coordinate reference system. – mkennedy Nov 25 '15 at 18:23

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