Canada is vast and collecting any geographic data must be a monumental task. Natural Resources Canada provides a free access to a comprehensive Canada-wide topographic data now refereed to as CanVec (Canada Vector) data. I often download and use CanVec datasets which are updated on yearly basis (current version 12 soon to be version 13) but I am curious how current thi data really is, namely hydrology.
How is this data captured and collected and how frequently are features such as waterbodies, wetlands updated? I suspect image analysis using multispectral imagery but clearly some manual work is needed to enforce hydrological correctness. Is is even possible such data can be up to date?