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<big>'''Complete Guide to Waze in Canada'''</big> (Under Development)
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<big>'''Complete Guide to Waze in the Canada'''</big> (Under Development)
  
 
* Since the USA and Canada share the same Waze server, please refer to USA link in the left menu bar for additional information.  
 
* Since the USA and Canada share the same Waze server, please refer to USA link in the left menu bar for additional information.  
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==[[Getting Started]]==
 
==[[Getting Started]]==
 
==[[Help Improve Waze]]==
 
==[[Help Improve Waze]]==
===[[Map Editing]]===
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==Forums==
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'''Please''' check out the Canada-specific forums here: [https://www.waze.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=57]
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Feel free to post questions and ask for advice in your editing.  Our region is very different in a number of ways from the United States, so the generic editing guidelines don't always apply.
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==[[Map Editing]]==
 
* Please follow the [http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGaddress-e.asp#1423617 Canada Post street type abbreviation] to reduce map clutter by not using long road type name.   
 
* Please follow the [http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGaddress-e.asp#1423617 Canada Post street type abbreviation] to reduce map clutter by not using long road type name.   
  
 
   e.g. John St, Bayview Ave, Don Valley Pky, Slick Dr, Main Blvd
 
   e.g. John St, Bayview Ave, Don Valley Pky, Slick Dr, Main Blvd
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  e.g. SW instead of South-west
  
 
See http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGaddress-e.asp#1423617 for full details in English and French.
 
See http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGaddress-e.asp#1423617 for full details in English and French.
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* For wide roads (at least 3 lanes on each direction) with two directions of traffic, consider [[Best_map_editing_practice#When_.28Not.29_to_Split_a_Two-Way_Road|the best map editing practice for North America]] so that a GPS lock will be made correctly. Note: standard lane width is about 3.5m, typical GPS accuracy is about 10-20m. '''Generally, splitting a road is not desirable.'''
 
* For wide roads (at least 3 lanes on each direction) with two directions of traffic, consider [[Best_map_editing_practice#When_.28Not.29_to_Split_a_Two-Way_Road|the best map editing practice for North America]] so that a GPS lock will be made correctly. Note: standard lane width is about 3.5m, typical GPS accuracy is about 10-20m. '''Generally, splitting a road is not desirable.'''
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=== Unlock Requests ===
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Canada has its own forum area for unlock requests.  Please [http://www.waze.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=358|post your requests here].
  
 
== Area/Country Managers ==
 
== Area/Country Managers ==
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| [[User:Transporter1983|Transporter1983]] || Ontario, Canada || Working From Ontario To Toronto To Niagara Falls. || [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=Transporter1983 PM]
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| [[User:doctorkb|doctorkb]] || Western Canada (Alberta & BC) || Level 6 CM for Canada; AM for Edmonton, Prince George, and various places in between. || [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=doctorkb PM]
  
 
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| [[User:doctorkb|doctorkb]] || Western Canada (Alberta & BC) || AM for Edmonton, Prince George, Kamloops, Kelowna, Jasper, Leduc, and various places in between. Largely working on abbreviating street names to match CanadaPost list || [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=doctorkb PM]
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| [[User:EECGeek|EECGeek]] || Ontario / Quebec, Canada || CM for Canada and US; AM for Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. || [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=EECGeek PM]
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| [[User:james8970|james8970]] || Western/Central Canada || CM || [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=james8970 PM]
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| [[User:joe01romano|joe01romano]] || Eastern Canada || CM / AM for Canada and US. || [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=joe01romano PM]
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| [[User:Webs101 |Webs101 ]] || Just Quebec for now... || CM || [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=Quebec PM]
  
 
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<!-- *** COPY BETWEEN HERE...
 
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| [[User:Username|Username]] || +/- Area1, Area2, ... || Any comments || [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username={INSERT YOUR USERNAME HERE & remove braces} PM]
 
| [[User:Username|Username]] || +/- Area1, Area2, ... || Any comments || [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username={INSERT YOUR USERNAME HERE & remove braces} PM]
 
...AND HERE TO ADD A NEW AM/CM*** -->
 
...AND HERE TO ADD A NEW AM/CM*** -->
  
===[[Use your language skills]]===
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==[[Use your language skills]]==
  
 
==[[Problems and Issues]]==
 
==[[Problems and Issues]]==
Canadian highways are defined differently than their US counterparts, please have a look at the discussion page and comment.
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Canadian highways are defined differently than their US counterparts, please have a look at the discussion page and comment, as well as the section below.
  
 
The [[Montreal Area]] has unique issues of its own.
 
The [[Montreal Area]] has unique issues of its own.
  
==[[Development Plans for definitions]]==
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==Development Plans for definitions==
Towns, cities villages etc... To save space Just put in the name of the city, example "Toronto" not "City of Toronto", or for smaller places use "Springfield" not "Town of Springfield" or "Village of Springfield"  
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===Naming===
Also unique to Canada is we don't have state or province fields available to us when editing, please avoid the use of the province after the place. For example don't put in "Springfield, Qc" or "Springfield, On" because it is known to make two towns in the same place, and is almost impossible to eradicate. Many towns have "Springfield" and "Springfield, Qc" in the same area which confuses things which we're trying to avoid.  
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Towns, cities villages etc... To save space just put in the name of the city, example "Toronto" '''not''' "City of Toronto", or for smaller places use "Springfield" '''not''' "Town of Springfield" or "Village of Springfield".
  
'''Quebec Roads:'''  
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'''Please avoid''' the use of the province after the place. For example don't put in "Springfield, Qc" or "Springfield, On" because it is known to make two towns in the same place, and is almost impossible to eradicate. Many towns have "Springfield" and "Springfield, Qc" in the same area which confuses things which we're trying to avoid.
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Autoroutes, or limited access highways, such as the 20/40/55 or any *40 are considered freeways
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===Trans-Canada Highway===
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/4/41/RoadBlue.png
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/4/41/RoadBlue.png
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Road type: Freeway<br />
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Primary name: Hwy 1<br />
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Alternate: Trans-Canada Hwy<br />
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There are parts of Hwy 1 that travel through some National/Provincial parks with frequent stops, reduced speed and undivided portions. These segments should be reduced to a Major Highway until the speed increases, stops are minimized and the highway is divided again.
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===Quebec Roads===
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http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/4/41/RoadBlue.png
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Autoroutes, or limited access highways, such as the 20/40/55 or any *40 are considered freeways
  
 
The big exception to this rule is Autoroute 50 which is still a freeway, even though some small parts of it are not limited access and some are only two lane with no divider.
 
The big exception to this rule is Autoroute 50 which is still a freeway, even though some small parts of it are not limited access and some are only two lane with no divider.
  
100 & 200 series highways, for example the 117, the 132 138 148 201 are major highways when compared to 300 series highways and should be in red.
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The official road map of Quebec should be consulted to determine the status of provincial routes. The map is available in [http://www.quebec511.gouv.qc.ca/fr/carte_routiere/ French] and [http://www.quebec511.gouv.qc.ca/en/carte_routiere/? English].  
  
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/2/28/Majorhighwayseg.png
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/2/28/Majorhighwayseg.png
  
300 series highways such as the 315,321,327, and the 329 are minor highways and should be in yellow.  
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Major highways on the map are in depicted in red and should be red in Waze.
  
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/3/37/RoadYell.png
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/3/37/RoadYell.png
  
'''Ontario Roads:'''
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Minor highways in yellow-orange on the map should be in yellow.
  
all 400 series highways are in blue as they are limited access freeways. Also other highways for example the 174 just east of Ottawa are also in blue as they are limited access.
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A very general rule of thumb is that 100-series highways are in red while 200 and 300-series highways are in yellow. This is not completely accurate, however, so please consult the official map.
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n.b. also, the [[Montreal Area]] has its own rules.
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===Ontario Roads===
  
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/4/41/RoadBlue.png
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/4/41/RoadBlue.png
  
Certain Major highways are two lane but are still in red because they collect the minor highways, and many county roads and we need to distinguish them, examples are the 174 east of Ottawa/Orleans, the 17, the 138, 38 the 7 in eastern Ontario.  
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all 400 series highways are in blue as they are limited access freeways. Also other highways for example the 174 just east of Ottawa are also in blue as they are limited access.
  
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/2/28/Majorhighwayseg.png
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/2/28/Majorhighwayseg.png
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Certain Major highways are two lane but are still in red because they collect the minor highways, and many county roads and we need to distinguish them, examples are the 174 east of Ottawa/Orleans, the 17, the 138, 38 the 7 in eastern Ontario.
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http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/3/37/RoadYell.png
  
 
County roads will be in yellow as they have higher speed limits them most main roads.
 
County roads will be in yellow as they have higher speed limits them most main roads.
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===Alberta Roads===
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http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/4/41/RoadBlue.png
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Freeways in Canada need to follow a different standard than in the US.
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Currently in Alberta, only ring roads (perimeter roads around a city), Hwy 1 (including the highways Hwy 1 splits into), Hwy 2, Hwy 16, and any highways with limited access (e.g. highways with no traffic lights, and access is exclusive to ramps entrances).
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When considering the road type, use the [[Map_Legend#Road_Type_Classifications:|rules for the US]] as a guideline, with the idea that a Canadian "Freeway" may lack one of the criteria used in the US (e.g. Whitemud Freeway in Edmonton is 80 km/h, but meets all other criteria; Hwy 16 W of Edmonton doesn't have ramps for every junction, but meets all other criteria)
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http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/2/28/Majorhighwayseg.png
  
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/3/37/RoadYell.png
 
http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/3/37/RoadYell.png
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'''Minor/Major Highways''' should be named in this format:<br />
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:: '''Hwy #''' (H is capitalized, the 'wy' in lower case, followed by a number) '''e.g. Hwy 216'''<br />
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:: '''Not''' 'Highway #' or 'HWY # (all caps)'.
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Generally highways in the 1–216 series are major highways (except when they are freeways), and highways in the 500–999 series are minor highways. However, a highway with a letter suffix in its number should generally be one type lower than the corresponding highway without the letter suffix. For example Hwy 2A is major highway, one type lower than Hwy 2 (freeway), and Hwy 13A in Camrose is minor highway, one type lower than Hwy 13 (major highway).
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Some highways in the 500–999 series are gravel, and this raises a dilemma for Waze editors because Waze lacks a road type for all-weather gravel roads. The consensus is to use "Dirt road / 4X4 Trail" for gravel highways in regions where paved alternative routes are available for many destinations, but to use "Minor Highway" in regions where there are no paved alternatives.
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==== Township and Range Roads ====
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Township and range roads are maintained and signed by the local municipal district, and some MDs have chosen a numbering format with a hyphen (e.g. “Township Rd 38-4”) but most have chosen a hyphenless format (e.g. “Range Rd 15”). In WME, the road names should follow the local format as used on the signs. Abbreviate “Rd” but leave “Township” and “Range” unabbreviated.
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List (incomplete) of MDs that use hyphens: <!-- When adding, keep alphabetical order -->Lacombe County, Mountain View County, Stettler County
  
 
==[[Technical Information]]==
 
==[[Technical Information]]==

Revision as of 19:27, 29 July 2013

Complete Guide to Waze in the Canada (Under Development)

  • Since the USA and Canada share the same Waze server, please refer to USA link in the left menu bar for additional information.
  • This page should also available in French. See "Use your language skills" below.

About Waze

Getting Started

Help Improve Waze

Forums

Please check out the Canada-specific forums here: [1]

Feel free to post questions and ask for advice in your editing. Our region is very different in a number of ways from the United States, so the generic editing guidelines don't always apply.

Map Editing

 e.g. John St, Bayview Ave, Don Valley Pky, Slick Dr, Main Blvd
 e.g. SW instead of South-west

See http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGaddress-e.asp#1423617 for full details in English and French.

  • Canada Post also published the abbreviations for provinces and territories [2]
 e.g. Whitehorse, YT   Toronto, ON   Charlottetown PE
  • For wide roads (at least 3 lanes on each direction) with two directions of traffic, consider the best map editing practice for North America so that a GPS lock will be made correctly. Note: standard lane width is about 3.5m, typical GPS accuracy is about 10-20m. Generally, splitting a road is not desirable.

Unlock Requests

Canada has its own forum area for unlock requests. Please your requests here.

Area/Country Managers

If you are an Area Manager that covers the Country of Canada, or a Canadian Country Manager that does a lot of work in Canada, please add yourself to this list. See comments via an "Edit" of this section to add yourself.

Username Areas Managed Comments Forum PM


doctorkb Western Canada (Alberta & BC) Level 6 CM for Canada; AM for Edmonton, Prince George, and various places in between. PM
EECGeek Ontario / Quebec, Canada CM for Canada and US; AM for Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec. PM
james8970 Western/Central Canada CM PM
joe01romano Eastern Canada CM / AM for Canada and US. PM
Webs101 Just Quebec for now... CM PM


Use your language skills

Problems and Issues

Canadian highways are defined differently than their US counterparts, please have a look at the discussion page and comment, as well as the section below.

The Montreal Area has unique issues of its own.

Development Plans for definitions

Naming

Towns, cities villages etc... To save space just put in the name of the city, example "Toronto" not "City of Toronto", or for smaller places use "Springfield" not "Town of Springfield" or "Village of Springfield".

Please avoid the use of the province after the place. For example don't put in "Springfield, Qc" or "Springfield, On" because it is known to make two towns in the same place, and is almost impossible to eradicate. Many towns have "Springfield" and "Springfield, Qc" in the same area which confuses things which we're trying to avoid.

Trans-Canada Highway

RoadBlue.png

Road type: Freeway
Primary name: Hwy 1
Alternate: Trans-Canada Hwy

There are parts of Hwy 1 that travel through some National/Provincial parks with frequent stops, reduced speed and undivided portions. These segments should be reduced to a Major Highway until the speed increases, stops are minimized and the highway is divided again.

Quebec Roads

RoadBlue.png

Autoroutes, or limited access highways, such as the 20/40/55 or any *40 are considered freeways

The big exception to this rule is Autoroute 50 which is still a freeway, even though some small parts of it are not limited access and some are only two lane with no divider.

The official road map of Quebec should be consulted to determine the status of provincial routes. The map is available in French and English.

Majorhighwayseg.png

Major highways on the map are in depicted in red and should be red in Waze.

RoadYell.png

Minor highways in yellow-orange on the map should be in yellow.

A very general rule of thumb is that 100-series highways are in red while 200 and 300-series highways are in yellow. This is not completely accurate, however, so please consult the official map.

n.b. also, the Montreal Area has its own rules.

Ontario Roads

RoadBlue.png

all 400 series highways are in blue as they are limited access freeways. Also other highways for example the 174 just east of Ottawa are also in blue as they are limited access.

Majorhighwayseg.png

Certain Major highways are two lane but are still in red because they collect the minor highways, and many county roads and we need to distinguish them, examples are the 174 east of Ottawa/Orleans, the 17, the 138, 38 the 7 in eastern Ontario.

RoadYell.png

County roads will be in yellow as they have higher speed limits them most main roads.

Alberta Roads

RoadBlue.png

Freeways in Canada need to follow a different standard than in the US.

Currently in Alberta, only ring roads (perimeter roads around a city), Hwy 1 (including the highways Hwy 1 splits into), Hwy 2, Hwy 16, and any highways with limited access (e.g. highways with no traffic lights, and access is exclusive to ramps entrances).

When considering the road type, use the rules for the US as a guideline, with the idea that a Canadian "Freeway" may lack one of the criteria used in the US (e.g. Whitemud Freeway in Edmonton is 80 km/h, but meets all other criteria; Hwy 16 W of Edmonton doesn't have ramps for every junction, but meets all other criteria)

Majorhighwayseg.png

RoadYell.png

Minor/Major Highways should be named in this format:

Hwy # (H is capitalized, the 'wy' in lower case, followed by a number) e.g. Hwy 216
Not 'Highway #' or 'HWY # (all caps)'.

Generally highways in the 1–216 series are major highways (except when they are freeways), and highways in the 500–999 series are minor highways. However, a highway with a letter suffix in its number should generally be one type lower than the corresponding highway without the letter suffix. For example Hwy 2A is major highway, one type lower than Hwy 2 (freeway), and Hwy 13A in Camrose is minor highway, one type lower than Hwy 13 (major highway).

Some highways in the 500–999 series are gravel, and this raises a dilemma for Waze editors because Waze lacks a road type for all-weather gravel roads. The consensus is to use "Dirt road / 4X4 Trail" for gravel highways in regions where paved alternative routes are available for many destinations, but to use "Minor Highway" in regions where there are no paved alternatives.

Township and Range Roads

Township and range roads are maintained and signed by the local municipal district, and some MDs have chosen a numbering format with a hyphen (e.g. “Township Rd 38-4”) but most have chosen a hyphenless format (e.g. “Range Rd 15”). In WME, the road names should follow the local format as used on the signs. Abbreviate “Rd” but leave “Township” and “Range” unabbreviated.

List (incomplete) of MDs that use hyphens: Lacombe County, Mountain View County, Stettler County

Technical Information