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<big>'''Complete Guide to Waze in Canada'''</big> (Under Development)
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<big>'''Complete Guide to Waze in Canada'''</big>
  
* 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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*Since the USA and Canada share the same Waze server, many of the policies and best practices that have been developed for the US also apply to Canada. This page contains information that is unique to Canada. Because some of it is still being developed, please [[USA|follow the guidance for the US]] where it is not in conflict with the information here.
* This page should also available in [[Canada (French)|French]]. See "Use your language skills" below.
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*This page is now in development and available in [[Canada (Français)|French]].
==[[waze:About|About Waze]]==
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==[[Getting Started]]==
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==[[Help Improve Waze]]==
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===[[Map Editing]]===
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* 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. 
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  e.g. John St, Bayview Ave, Don Valley Pky, Slick Dr, Main Blvd
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== About Waze ==
  
See http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGaddress-e.asp#1423617 for full details in English and French.
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Please see the article [[About|About Waze]]
  
* Canada Post also published the abbreviations for provinces and territories [http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGaddress-e.asp#1380608]
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== Getting Started ==
  e.g. Whitehorse, YT  Toronto, ON  Charlottetown PE
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* For wide roads (at least 3 lanes on each direction) with two directions of traffic, [[create two one-way roads]] so that a GPS lock will be made correctly. Note: standard lane width is about 3.5m, typical GPS accuracy is about 10-20m.
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Please see the article [[Getting Started]].
  
===[[Area Manager]]===
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Another great resource for new map editors is the [[Welcome to WME]].
===[[Use your language skills]]===
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==[[Problems and Issues]]==
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== Help Improve Waze ==
Canadian highways are defined differently than their US counterparts, please have a look at the discussion page and comment.
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Please see the article [[Help Improve Waze]]
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=== Use your language skills ===
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{{:Use your language skills}}
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== Forums ==
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'''Please''' check out the Canada-specific forums here: [http://www.waze.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=57 [1]]
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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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== Area/Country Managers ==
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If you are an Area Manager that covers part of Canada, or a 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.
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{| border="1"
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|- align="center"
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! scope="col" width="100pt" bgcolor="skyblue" | Username
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! scope="col" width="200pt" bgcolor="skyblue" | Primary Areas Managed
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! scope="col" width="200pt" bgcolor="skyblue" | Comments
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! scope="col" width="50pt" bgcolor="skyblue" | [http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=17712&start=10#p161484 Forum PM]
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<!-- Sort by rank (GC, LC first, then 5, 4, 3, 2, 1.  Tie break with alphabetical username --><!-- *** START AM/CM TABLE DATA - Edit After *** --><!-- *** Please leave a blank line between AM/CM entries *** -->
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:Doctorkb|doctorkb]]
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| Western Canada (Alberta & BC)
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| Waze Global Champ, Rank 6 CM for Canada; AM for Edmonton, Prince George, and various places in between
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=doctorkb PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:Hmarian|hmarian]]
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| Ontario
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| Waze Global Champ, Rank 6 CM for Canada; AM for Greater Toronto Area and the surrounding communities
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=hmarian PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:EECGeek|EECGeek]]
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| Ontario / Quebec, Canada
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| Waze Local Champ (Canada), Rank 5 CM for Canada and US; AM for Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=EECGeek PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:James8970|james8970]]
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| Western/Central Canada
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| Waze Local Champ (Canada), Rank 5 CM for Canada
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=james8970 PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:Webs101|Webs101]]
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| Quebec
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| Waze Local Champ (Canada), Rank 5 CM for Canada
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=Webs101 PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:manoeuvre|manoeuvre]]
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| Ontario
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| Waze Local Champ (Canada), Rank 5 CM for Canada, AM for Greater Toronto Area
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=manoeuvre PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:Jay91150|Jay91150]]
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| Alberta, Maritimes
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| Waze Local Champ (Canada), Rank 4 AM
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=Jay91150 PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:Joe01romano|joe01romano]]
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| Eastern Canada
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| Rank 5 CM / AM for Canada and US
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=joe01romano PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:SkiDooGuy|SkiDooGuy]]
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| Saskatchewan
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| Rank 5 CM / AM for Saskatchewan
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&u=16831039 PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:Erablian|erablian]]
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| Alberta
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| Rank 4 AM for Alberta
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=erablian PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:Invented|invented]]
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| Ontario
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| Rank 4 AM for Ontario
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=invented PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:Nagamasa|Nagamasa]]
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| Southwestern Ontario
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| AM3 based in GTA-Tricity area
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=Nagamasa PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:mtylerb|mtylerb]]
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| Central AB
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| Rank 2 AM for AB
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=mtylerb PM]
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|- align="center"
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| [[User:PsstDizel|PsstDizel]]
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| York Region
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| AM3 north/west GTA
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| [http://www.waze.com/forum/ucp.php?i=pm&mode=compose&subject=CA%20Resource%20Wiki:&username=PsstDizel PM]
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<!-- *** END AM/CM TABLE DATA - Edit Before *** -->
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|}
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<br/><!-- *** COPY BETWEEN HERE...
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|- align="center"
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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]
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...AND HERE TO ADD A NEW AM/CM*** -->
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=== AM / CM Requests ===
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To request Area Manager or Country Manager access, please see this thread: http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=93406
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=== Unlock Requests ===
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Canada has its own forum area for unlock requests. Please make&nbsp;[http://www.waze.com/forum/viewforum.php?f=358%7Cpost your requests here].
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== Closures ==
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Please report road closures via  [http://docs.google.com/forms/d/1qseeTLrjIW5eLVBuReJhxw0f5kqYtCVYyVsQMkxXJUY/viewform?usp=send_form this form.]
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This form allows for complete (or directional, i.e. A->B only) closures to be reported. Partial closures (i.e. one of two lanes in a direction) should not be reported.
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Major Events (e.g. Commonwealth Games, Tour d'Alberta, etc.) should still be dealt with using the Waze Major Events form.
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This method is preferred over adding restrictions -- it is nearly immediate (processed several times per day by Waze staff), and does not rely on a tile rebuild. The closure will also be visible in the app and on the livemap, in addition to avoiding routing through the segment.
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== Problems and Issues ==
  
 
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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== U-Turns ==
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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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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'''Quebec Roads'''  
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'''Practical application in Waze:''' restrict all u-turns in Canada unless there is a sign outright permitting them.
Autoroutes, or limited access highways, such as the 20/40/55 or any *40 are considered freeways
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http://www.waze.com/wiki/images/4/41/RoadBlue.png
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British Columbia Statute: [http://www.bclaws.ca/EPLibraries/bclaws_new/document/LOC/freeside/--%20M%20--/46_Motor%20Vehicle%20Act%20RSBC%201996%20c.%20318/00_Act/96318_05.xml#section168 Motor Vehicle Act of British Columbia]
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Alberta Guidelines: [http://www.transportation.alberta.ca/2000.htm A Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing: Cars and Light Trucks]
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Ontario Statute: R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 143. [http://www.e-laws.gov.on.ca/html/statutes/english/elaws_statutes_90h08_e.htm#BK218 Highway Traffic Act]
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Quebec Statute: Highway Safety Code [http://www2.publicationsduquebec.gouv.qc.ca/dynamicSearch/telecharge.php?file=/C_24_2/C24_2.html&type=2 [1]]
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== City Naming ==
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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".
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'''''NEVER '''include the province in the City field.'' For example don't put in "Springfield, Qc" or "Springfield, On".
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If you find a city that can't save without the province name (perhaps it changes when you save it, or generates other save error), please post a message in the applicable province's forum.
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This applies to both primary names and alternate names -- the alternate city is assumed to be in the primary province and country.
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== Road Naming ==
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=== Highways ===
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'''Minor/Major Highways'''&nbsp;should be named in this format:
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::'''Hwy #'''&nbsp;(H is capitalized, the 'wy' in lower case, followed by a number)&nbsp;'''e.g. Hwy 16'''<br/>
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::'''Not'''&nbsp;'Highway #' or 'HWY # (all caps)'.
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::<br/>
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::Where the signage indicates the highway based on a name ("Lougheed Hwy" or "Sooke Rd"), the name should be used. &nbsp;If, however, the signage refers to it by number primarily, that is to be the primary name, regardless of the local knowledge (e.g. the Sea-to-Sky Highway is signed as Hwy 99).
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=== Abbreviations ===
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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.
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See [http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGaddress-e.asp#1423617 http://www.canadapost.ca/tools/pg/manual/PGaddress-e.asp#1423617] for full details in English and French.
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Check to make sure that the Canada Post Abbreviation has a working TTS. If it does not, then default to the [[Abbreviations_and_acronyms|Waze TTS List]].
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Additionally, please do not shorten names when they are integral to understanding the street name:
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  e.g. Bad: N St, S St, Ave Rd
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  e.g. Good: North St, South St, Avenue Rd
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Recommend using the [http://script.google.com/d/1dytdT138pmatjAA9RgIU5ag6dIMxXUvh-GOx-0IqsoM10Nj7GpIhQMfL/edit?usp=sharing Custom Canadian WME Validator Script]. It will highlight all the incorrectly abbreviated street names.
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<center>
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{| Border=1 style=text-align:left
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|+ '''Streetname Abbreviations'''
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! Approved Abbreviation
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! Pronunciation
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! Do Not Use
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|-
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| Alley || Alley || Aly
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|-
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| Aut ||Autoroute|| Autoroute
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|-
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|Bend|| Bend|| Bnd
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|-
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|Blvd|| Boulevard|| Boulevard
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|-
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|Brg|| Bridge|| Bridge
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|-
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|Bypass|| Bypass|| By-pass
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|-
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|Carref|| Carrefour|| Carrefour
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|-
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|Ctr|| Centre|| Centre, Center
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|-
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|Ch|| Chemin|| Chemin
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|-
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|Cir|| Circle|| Circle
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|-
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|Circt|| Circuit|| Circuit, Cct
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|-
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|Close|| Close|| Cl
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|-
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|Common|| Common|| Common, Cmn
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|-
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|Conc|| Concession|| Concession
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|-
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|Crnrs|| Corners ||Corners,Cors
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|-
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|Crt|| Court|| Court, Ct
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|-
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|Cove|| Cove|| Cv
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|-
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|Cres|| Crescent|| Crescent, Cr
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|-
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|Crois|| Croissant|| Croissant
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|-
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|Cross|| Crossing|| Crossing, Xing
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|-
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|Cds|| Cul-de-sac|| Cul-de-sac
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|-
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|Divers|| Diversion|| Diversion
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|-
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|Dr|| Drive|| Drive
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|-
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|Éch|| Échangeur|| Échangeur
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|-
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|Espl|| Esplanade|| Esplanade
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|-
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|Estate|| Estates|| Estates
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|-
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|Expy|| Expressway|| Expressway, Expwy
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|-
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|Exten||Extension||Extension,Ext
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|-
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|Field||Field||Fld
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|-
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|Gdns||Gardens||Gardens
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|-
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|Glen||Glen||Gln
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|-
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|Green||Green||Grn
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|-
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|Grnds||Grounds||Grounds
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|-
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|Grove||Grove||Grv
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|-
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|Harbr||Harbour||Harbour, Harbor, Hbr
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|-
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|Hts||Heights||Heights
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|-
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|Hwy||Highway||Highway
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|-
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|Hghlds||Highlands||Highlands
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|-
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|Hill||Hill||Hl
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|-
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|Hollow||Hollow||Holw
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|-
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|Imp||Impasse||Impasse
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|-
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|Inlet||Inlet||Inlt
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|-
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|Island||Island||Is
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|-
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|Knoll||Knoll||Knl
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|-
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|Landng||Landing||Landing,Lndg
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|-
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|Lane||Lane||Ln
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|-
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|Lmts||Limits||Limits
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|-
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|Lkout||Lookout||Lookout
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|-
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|Manor||Manor||Mnr
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|-
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|Meadow||Meadow||Mdw
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|-
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|Mount||Mount||Mt
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|-
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|Mtn||Mountain||Mountain
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|-
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|Orch||Orchard||Orchard
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|-
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|Pk||Park||Park
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|-
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|Pky||Parkway||Parkway, Pkwy
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|-
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|-
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|Psge||Passage||Passage,Pass
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|-
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|Ptway||Pathway||Pathway
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|-
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|Pines||Pines||Pnes
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|-
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|Pl||Place||Place
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|-
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|Plat||Plateau||Plateau
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|-
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|Plaza||Plaza||Plz
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|-
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|Pt||Point||Point
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|-
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|Port||Port||Prt
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|-
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|Pvt||Private||Private
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|-
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|Prom||Promenade||Promenade
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|-
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|Rg||Range||Range
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|-
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|Ridge||Ridge||Rdge
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|-
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|Rd||Road||Road
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|-
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|Rdpt||Rond-point||Rond-point
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|-
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|Rte||Route||Route
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|-
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|Rle||Ruelle||Ruelle
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|-
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|Sent||Sentier||Sentier
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|-
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|Sq||Square||Square
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|-
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|Subdiv||Subdivision||Subdivision
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|-
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|St||Street||Street
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|-
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|Terr||Terrace||Terrace, Ter, Tce
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|-
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|Tsse||Terrasse||Terrasse
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|-
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|Thick||Thicket||Thicket
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|-
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|Tline||Townline||Townline
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|-
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|Trail||Trail||Trl
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|-
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|Trnabt||Turnabout||Turnabout
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|-
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|Villge||Village||Village, Vlg
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|}
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</center>
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<br>
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== Road Types ==
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=== Within Metropolitan Areas ===
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In the US, the DOT has a Functional Classification system which had been adopted by Waze Champs as the method for classifying different road types.  Overall, this has resulted in use of the highway types for arterial roads in the metropolitan areas, with the Primary Street type being available for collector-type roads.
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Unfortunately, we don't have the same standardized government-published maps to adopt here, but we can consider many of the same principles.  This was first looked at in Edmonton, and seems to have been met with great success.
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With that in mind, we'd like to consider the following criteria for use within metropolitan areas and any city with a population exceeding ~40,000.  In the event that the infrastructure of a smaller city has been designed with arterial routes, this may be adopted there, but will typically be less obvious.
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If the local government has published maps that define arterial and collector routes, please use those to set the street types.
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==== Changing of Types ====
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As a highway enters a city/town, it often becomes a named street, and sometimes would no longer fit the usual criteria for a "highway".
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Due to a number of reasons, including long-distance routing issues, as well as appearance, the highway should remain as the same type it entered the city/town (except if it's a Freeway -- if it no longer fits the Freeway criteria, it may be downgraded to Major Highway until it is again a Freeway).
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The road type designation should follow the entire numbered route.
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==== Freeways ====
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[[Image:RoadBlue.png]]
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In general, Freeways will have:
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*Multi-Lane, divided road
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*No cross traffic
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*No stop lights (except for ramp meters)
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*No stop signs
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*No parking
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*No stopping (except for [[Toll roads|toll booths]], freeway access metering, movable bridges, and traffic congestion)
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*Highest speed limits (relative to region)
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*Some have minimum speed limits
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*Limited access:
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**Access restrictions vary by region but some typical restrictions are:
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***No pedestrians
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***No bicycles
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***No mopeds
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***No Animal-Drawn Vehicles
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**Entrance ramps are typically designed with an acceleration zone so that cars can accelerate up to freeway speeds before merging into freeway traffic
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**Exit ramps are typically designed with a deceleration zone so that traffic can exit the freeway at freeway speeds without obstructing traffic, then have sufficient distance to slow down before any turns
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When considering the road type, use the above noted Freeway classification as a guideline, with the idea that a Canadian "Freeway" may lack one of the criteria (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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==== Major Highway ====
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[[Image:Majorhighwayseg.png]]
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Use for major arterial roads.  Often these have 2-3 lanes (or more) in each direction, and may be structured to be turned into freeways eventually.  Usually this means relatively few intersections, higher speed limit, and higher capacity.
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Additionally, if a road enters an area as a Freeway, but then loses its limited-access situation, it will generally continue on as a Major Highway.
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If only one type of arterial is used by the municipality on their maps, the decision between a "major" and a "minor" will be that of relative importance and capacity.  Generally, a "major" will have 2+ lanes, whereas a minor may only have one.  Local knowledge is also especially useful in determining this.
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==== Minor Highway ====
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[[Image:RoadYell.png]]
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Use for arterial roads.  They are more direct than using collector roads and sometimes have slightly increased speed limits.
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==== Primary Street ====
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[[Image:Primary street.png]]
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Suitable for collector roads through neighbourhoods and thoroughfares that aren't arterial.
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=== Outside Metropolitan Areas ===
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==== Trans-Canada Highway ====
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[[Image:RoadBlue.png]]
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Road type: Freeway<br/>Primary name: Hwy ## (e.g. Hwy 1)<br/>Alternate: Trans-Canada Hwy
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There are parts of the TCH that travel through 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 or the highway is divided again.
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==== Quebec Roads ====
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[[Image: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.
+
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
+
 
 +
[[Image:Majorhighwayseg.png]]
 +
 
 +
Major highways on the map are in depicted in red and should be red in Waze.
 +
 
 +
[[Image: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.
 +
 
 +
==== Ontario Roads ====
 +
 
 +
[[Image: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 in blue as they are limited access.
 +
 
 +
[[Image: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.
 +
 
 +
[[Image:RoadYell.png]]
 +
 
 +
County roads may be in yellow if they have higher speed limits than most main roads around them. Not all county roads should be designated "Minor Highway" -- grid roads should be addressed like Alberta's Range / Township Roads.
 +
 
 +
==== Alberta Roads ====
 +
 
 +
[[Image: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 above noted Freeway classification as a guideline, with the idea that a Canadian "Freeway" may lack one of the criteria (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)
 +
 
 +
[[Image:Majorhighwayseg.png]]
 +
 
 +
[[Image:RoadYell.png]]
 +
 
 +
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 (MD). Some MDs have chosen a numbering format with a hyphen before the last digit (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.
 +
 
 +
Township and Range roads are '''not''' highways and should be (at highest) Primary Street.
 +
 
 +
List (incomplete) of MDs that use hyphens: <!-- When adding, keep alphabetical order -->Clearwater County, Lacombe County, Mountain View County, Stettler County
 +
 
 +
==== British Columbia Roads ====
 +
 
 +
[[Image:RoadBlue.png]]
 +
 
 +
Freeways in Canada need to follow a different standard than in the US.
 +
 
 +
When considering the road type, use the above noted Freeway classification as a guideline, with the idea that a Canadian "Freeway" may lack one of the criteria (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)
 +
 
 +
[[Image:Majorhighwayseg.png]]
 +
 
 +
[[Image:RoadYell.png]]
 +
 
 +
Highways are defined by the provincial numbering scheme. &nbsp;Any numbered route will be either a Freeway, Major Highway or Minor Highway, regardless of the use of stop lights or the path it takes through a city/town.
 +
 
 +
Additionally, streets that are named "Highway" (e.g. Barnet Highway in Burnaby) may also receive a highway classification.
 +
 
 +
Differentiation between a major and minor highway is largely based on its destination and importance of the route. &nbsp;Also,&nbsp;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 19A in Courtenay is major highway, one type lower than Hwy 19 (freeway), and Hwy 4A in Coombs is minor highway, one type lower than Hwy 4 (major highway).
 +
 
 +
=== Alleys ===
 +
 
 +
Alleys should not be added to the map.  In some cases (e.g. Vancouver and Toronto areas), we have left the ones in place, but in most cases they should be removed.
 +
 
 +
This is particularly relevant to basemapped areas that included them -- e.g. Saskatchewan -- small towns should certainly have the alleyways removed.
 +
 
 +
In places where they are retained, they should have their city name set and the "None" box checked for Street Name.  They should also be changed to Parking Lot street type.
 +
 
 +
==Locking Standard==
 +
 
 +
Canada has active "Traffic Locks", these locks are based on usage from users. They are limited to a max rank of 4, but can be any rank below.
 +
 
 +
Segments that have restricted turns must be locked to a minimum Level 3.
 +
 
 +
<span style="color: red"><b>If the current lock or traffic lock is higher than the minimum standards listed below, please don't lower the lock.</b></span>
 +
 
 +
<center>
 +
{| Border=1 style=text-align:center
 +
|+ '''Minimum Road Locking Rank Standard'''
 +
! Segment Type
 +
! Minimum locks
 +
|-
 +
| {{Freeway}} || colspan=2 | 4
 +
|-
 +
| {{Ramp}} || colspan=2 | highest rank of connected segment
 +
|-
 +
|[[Image:Arrow_Red-2.png‎]][[Image:Restriction arrow yellow mouseover.gif]] || colspan=2 | 3
 +
|-
 +
| {{Major Highway}} || 4
 +
|-
 +
| {{Minor Highway}} || 3
 +
|-
 +
| {{Primary Street}} || colspan=2 | 2
 +
|-
 +
| {{Street}} || colspan=2 | 1
 +
|-
 +
|{{Road|:&#124;:&#124;:&#124;:&#124;:Railroad:&#124;:&#124;:&#124;:&#124;:}}
 +
| colspan=2 | 4
 +
|}
 +
</center>
 +
<br>
 +
===Place Editing===
 +
 
 +
PUR should be reviewed for accuracy, once approved all relevant information pertaining to the place should be entered. Please use each company's website to gather all the information you can. Once a place is complete please lock to rank 3.
 +
 
 +
This practice will prevent app trusted users and most IGN editors from making incorrect changes to places we know are right. App trusted users and IGN editors are rarely rank 3.
 +
 
 +
Following are general standards for place locking in Canada:
 +
<br>
 +
<center>
 +
{| Border=1 style=text-align:center
 +
|+ '''Place Minimum Locking Rank Standard'''
 +
! Place Type
 +
! Minimum locks
 +
|-
 +
| Airports || 4
 +
|-
 +
| Hospitals || 4
 +
|-
 +
| Major Tourist Attractions/Landmarks ||  4
 +
|-
 +
| Police/Fire Stations || 3
 +
|-
 +
| Gas Stations || 3
 +
|}
 +
</center>
 +
<br>
 +
 
 +
===Telephone Number Format for Waze Places===
 +
 
 +
+1-NPA-NXX-XXXX
 +
 
 +
*NPA is http://www.nanpa.com/area_codes/
 +
*NXX is the prefix
 +
*XXXX is the last 4 digits
 +
 
 +
==Place Naming==
 +
 
 +
Place Naming in Canada should adhere to the following guidelines. Following the government agency naming guide is a list of businesses which are chains or franchises. Please use these name spellings when creating or updating a place.
 +
 
 +
===Hospitals===
 +
 
 +
Hospitals with Emergency Rooms must have a separate Waze Place with "ER/Urgence" prefixed in the primary name, for example:
 +
 
 +
:ER - Brampton Civic Hospital
 +
:ER - St. Michael's Hospital
 +
:Urgence - Hôpital de Verdun
 +
 
 +
===Government Agencies===
 +
 
 +
'''Police Stations''': City, Agency followed by division name, for example:
 +
 
 +
:Toronto Police 12 Division
 +
:Peel Police 22 Division
 +
:OPP Collingwood Detachment
 +
 
 +
'''Fire Stations''': City, Agency followed by station number, for example:
 +
 
 +
:Brampton Fire Station 221
 +
:Toronto Fire Station 347
 +
 
 +
===Place Name Harmonization===
 +
 
 +
If you don't find the business you're looking for, please  [https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13JwXsrWPNmCdfGR5OVr5jnGZw-uNGohwgjim-JYbSws/viewform use this form] to submit the missing information.
 +
 
 +
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 +
== When to use Area or Point in Canada ==
 +
 
 +
Here is the Canadian guidance on selecting Area or Point for Places in the Waze Map Editor.
 +
 
 +
'''Optional Area''' shall only be used after consulting local area managers on regional guidelines. The place must be a significant landmark with navigational value in the community. For example: a Tim Hortons in Hepburn, SK (population 500) is of significance. However, the same sized Tim Hortons is of zero significance in the Greater Toronto Area.
 +
 
 +
We do not want to impose hard & fast rules for the '''Optional Area''' category. Please use some judgement, we do not want to see wall-to-wall areas for every single building structure on the map.
 +
 
 +
'''Optional Area''' shall be landmarked to just the building structure only, do not include the parking lot area.
 +
 
 +
'''Fence-line Areas''' shall be landmarked from fence line to fence line to include all parking lots, roads, and anything associated with the property. Parking lot roads (PLRs), parking lots, and gas stations all serve the same purpose.
 +
 
 +
{{Red|The Primary Category for a Place is used to determine whether to use a Point or Area.}}
 +
 
 +
{| border="1" cellpadding="2" width="100%" style="font-size:small;" class="sortable"
 +
|-
 +
! width="23%" style="background-color:#59899e; color:white" | Parent
 +
! width="27%" style="background-color:#59899e; color:white" | Category
 +
! width="15%" style="background-color:#59899e; color:white" | Type
 +
! width="42%" style="background-color:#59899e; color:white" class="unsortable" | Comments
 +
|-
 +
| Car Services
 +
| Car Wash
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Car Services
 +
| Charging Station
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Car Services
 +
| Garage / Automotive Shop
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Car Services
 +
| [[Places/Gas Station|Gas Station]]
 +
| Fence-line Area
 +
| Many gas stations also have convenience stores and ATMs. Remember to use "Gas Station" as the primary category and the add any others which are relevant. Please see the [[Places/Gas Station]] article.
 +
|-
 +
| Car Services
 +
| [[Places/Parking lot|Parking Lot]]
 +
| Both
 +
| There are very few parking lots which should be mapped at all. Please see the [[Places/Parking lot]] article.
 +
|-
 +
| Transportation
 +
| Airport
 +
| Fence-line Area
 +
| Special-handling
 +
|-
 +
| Transportation
 +
| Bridge
 +
| Area
 +
| Should only be use for bridges with significance: Peace Bridge, Golden-gate Bridge
 +
|-
 +
| Transportation
 +
| Bus Station
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Transportation
 +
| Ferry Pier
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Transportation
 +
| Junction / Interchange
 +
| Area
 +
| Will not be used in Canada.
 +
|-
 +
| Transportation
 +
| Seaport / Marina / Harbor
 +
| Area
 +
| Size-dependent.
 +
|-
 +
| Transportation
 +
| Subway Station
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Transportation
 +
| Taxi Station
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Transportation
 +
| Train Station
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Transportation
 +
| Tunnel
 +
| Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Cemetery
 +
| Fence-line Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| City Hall
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| College / University
 +
| Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Conventions / Event Centre
 +
| Area
 +
| Size-dependent
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Courthouse
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Embassy / Consulate
 +
| Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Factory / Industrial
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Fire Department
 +
| Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Government
 +
| Optional Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Hospital / Medical Care
 +
| Area
 +
| '''ONLY''' Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and places offering '''''Urgent'' Medical Care''' should use this category. ERs encompassed in a hospital Place Area should be Points.
 +
 
 +
Clinics, and Medical offices which ''do not'' offer urgent medical care for Walk-Ins should use the Office, (and any other appropriate) category instead.
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Information Point
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Kindergarten
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Library
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Military
 +
| Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Offices
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Organization or Association
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Police Station
 +
| Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Prison / Correctional Facility
 +
| Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Post Office
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| Religious Centre
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Professional and public
 +
| School
 +
| Fence-line Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Arts & Crafts
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| ATM
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Bank / Financial
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Bookstore
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Car Dealership
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Car Rental
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Convenience Store
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Currency Exchange
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Department Store
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Electronics
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Fashion and Clothing
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Flowers
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Furniture / Home Store
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Gifts
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Gym / Fitness
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Hardware Store
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Jewellery
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Laundry / Dry Cleaning
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Market
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Music Store
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Personal Care
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Pet Store / Veterinarian
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Pharmacy
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Photography
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Shopping Centre
 +
| Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Sporting Goods
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Supermarket / Grocery
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above. Must be a Point if it is part of larger shopping mall/center.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Swimming Pool
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Toy Store
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Shopping and services
 +
| Travel Agency
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Food and drink
 +
| Bakery
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Food and drink
 +
| Bar
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Food and drink
 +
| Coffee shop
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Food and drink
 +
| Dessert
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Food and drink
 +
| Fast Food
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Food and drink
 +
| Food Court
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Food and drink
 +
| Ice Cream
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Food and drink
 +
| Restaurant
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Art Gallery
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Casino
 +
| Area
 +
| Large hotel-casinos perhaps could be Area Places.
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Club
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Game Club
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Movie Theater
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Museum
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Music Venue
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Performing Arts Venue
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Racing Track
 +
| Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Stadium / Arena
 +
| Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Theme Park
 +
| Area
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Theater
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Tourist Attraction / Historic Site
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Culture & entertainment
 +
| Zoo / Aquarium
 +
| Area
 +
| Size-dependent
 +
|-
 +
| Other
 +
| Construction Site
 +
| Area
 +
| Do not map in Canada.
 +
|-
 +
| Lodging
 +
| Bed & Breakfast
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Lodging
 +
| Camping / Trailer Park
 +
| Point
 +
| Can be Optional Area see notes above.
 +
|-
 +
| Lodging
 +
| Cottage / Cabin
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Lodging
 +
| Hostel
 +
| Point
 +
|
 +
|-
 +
| Lodging
 +
| Hotel
 +
| Point
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| Beach
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| Area
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| Golf Course
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| Playground
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== Emergency Vehicle Roads [[File:Service road.png|200px|Service road.png]] ==
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300 series highways such as the 315,321,327, and the 329 are minor highways and should be in yellow.  
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==Ferries==
  
'''Ontario Roads'''
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Please do not use the [[Ferries|ferry road type]], it's not yet functional in Waze. Canada will adopt [[Road_types/USA#Ferry|U.S. guidelines]] with respect to ferries.  
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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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 (also known as part of the trans-canada)the 138, 38 the 7 in eastern Ontario.  
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* Use the FC/RC classification of the road leading to the ferry crossing.
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== Technical information ==
  
County roads will be in yellow as they have higher speed limits them most main roads
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Please see the article [[Technical Information]].
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==[[Technical Information]]==
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[[Category:Canada]]

Latest revision as of 18:19, 20 July 2015

Complete Guide to Waze in Canada

  • Since the USA and Canada share the same Waze server, many of the policies and best practices that have been developed for the US also apply to Canada. This page contains information that is unique to Canada. Because some of it is still being developed, please follow the guidance for the US where it is not in conflict with the information here.
  • This page is now in development and available in French.

About Waze

Please see the article About Waze

Getting Started

Please see the article Getting Started.

Another great resource for new map editors is the Welcome to WME.

Help Improve Waze

Please see the article Help Improve Waze

Use your language skills

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  • Waze is strongly committed to supporting the different countries and languages of the world but depends on your help.
  • The Waze client app has over 1000 words and phrases to be translated into languages used around the world. Some are nearly finished. Some are halfway done. Some of them haven't even started! If you read and write more than one language, you can help with the translation. Even one phrase helps - you don't have to do it all!
  • This Wiki is used by people from countries around the world, speaking different languages. Maybe you'd like to help add and improve pages specific to a country and language

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.

Area/Country Managers

If you are an Area Manager that covers part of Canada, or a 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 Primary Areas Managed Comments Forum PM
doctorkb Western Canada (Alberta & BC) Waze Global Champ, Rank 6 CM for Canada; AM for Edmonton, Prince George, and various places in between PM
hmarian Ontario Waze Global Champ, Rank 6 CM for Canada; AM for Greater Toronto Area and the surrounding communities PM
EECGeek Ontario / Quebec, Canada Waze Local Champ (Canada), Rank 5 CM for Canada and US; AM for Ottawa, Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec PM
james8970 Western/Central Canada Waze Local Champ (Canada), Rank 5 CM for Canada PM
Webs101 Quebec Waze Local Champ (Canada), Rank 5 CM for Canada PM
manoeuvre Ontario Waze Local Champ (Canada), Rank 5 CM for Canada, AM for Greater Toronto Area PM
Jay91150 Alberta, Maritimes Waze Local Champ (Canada), Rank 4 AM PM
joe01romano Eastern Canada Rank 5 CM / AM for Canada and US PM
SkiDooGuy Saskatchewan Rank 5 CM / AM for Saskatchewan PM
erablian Alberta Rank 4 AM for Alberta PM
invented Ontario Rank 4 AM for Ontario PM
Nagamasa Southwestern Ontario AM3 based in GTA-Tricity area PM
mtylerb Central AB Rank 2 AM for AB PM
PsstDizel York Region AM3 north/west GTA PM


AM / CM Requests

To request Area Manager or Country Manager access, please see this thread: http://www.waze.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=93406

Unlock Requests

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

Closures

Please report road closures via this form.

This form allows for complete (or directional, i.e. A->B only) closures to be reported. Partial closures (i.e. one of two lanes in a direction) should not be reported.

Major Events (e.g. Commonwealth Games, Tour d'Alberta, etc.) should still be dealt with using the Waze Major Events form.

This method is preferred over adding restrictions -- it is nearly immediate (processed several times per day by Waze staff), and does not rely on a tile rebuild. The closure will also be visible in the app and on the livemap, in addition to avoiding routing through the segment.

Problems and Issues

The Montreal Area has unique issues of its own.

U-Turns

Practical application in Waze: restrict all u-turns in Canada unless there is a sign outright permitting them.

British Columbia Statute: Motor Vehicle Act of British Columbia

Alberta Guidelines: A Driver's Guide to Operation, Safety and Licensing: Cars and Light Trucks

Ontario Statute: R.S.O. 1990, c. H.8, s. 143. Highway Traffic Act

Quebec Statute: Highway Safety Code [1]

City 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".

NEVER include the province in the City field. For example don't put in "Springfield, Qc" or "Springfield, On".

If you find a city that can't save without the province name (perhaps it changes when you save it, or generates other save error), please post a message in the applicable province's forum.

This applies to both primary names and alternate names -- the alternate city is assumed to be in the primary province and country.

Road Naming

Highways

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 16
Not 'Highway #' or 'HWY # (all caps)'.

Where the signage indicates the highway based on a name ("Lougheed Hwy" or "Sooke Rd"), the name should be used.  If, however, the signage refers to it by number primarily, that is to be the primary name, regardless of the local knowledge (e.g. the Sea-to-Sky Highway is signed as Hwy 99).

Abbreviations

Please follow the Canada Post street type abbreviation to reduce map clutter by not using long road type name.

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

Check to make sure that the Canada Post Abbreviation has a working TTS. If it does not, then default to the Waze TTS List.

Additionally, please do not shorten names when they are integral to understanding the street name:

 e.g. Bad: N St, S St, Ave Rd
 e.g. Good: North St, South St, Avenue Rd

Recommend using the Custom Canadian WME Validator Script. It will highlight all the incorrectly abbreviated street names.

Streetname Abbreviations
Approved Abbreviation Pronunciation Do Not Use
Alley Alley Aly
Aut Autoroute Autoroute
Bend Bend Bnd
Blvd Boulevard Boulevard
Brg Bridge Bridge
Bypass Bypass By-pass
Carref Carrefour Carrefour
Ctr Centre Centre, Center
Ch Chemin Chemin
Cir Circle Circle
Circt Circuit Circuit, Cct
Close Close Cl
Common Common Common, Cmn
Conc Concession Concession
Crnrs Corners Corners,Cors
Crt Court Court, Ct
Cove Cove Cv
Cres Crescent Crescent, Cr
Crois Croissant Croissant
Cross Crossing Crossing, Xing
Cds Cul-de-sac Cul-de-sac
Divers Diversion Diversion
Dr Drive Drive
Éch Échangeur Échangeur
Espl Esplanade Esplanade
Estate Estates Estates
Expy Expressway Expressway, Expwy
Exten Extension Extension,Ext
Field Field Fld
Gdns Gardens Gardens
Glen Glen Gln
Green Green Grn
Grnds Grounds Grounds
Grove Grove Grv
Harbr Harbour Harbour, Harbor, Hbr
Hts Heights Heights
Hwy Highway Highway
Hghlds Highlands Highlands
Hill Hill Hl
Hollow Hollow Holw
Imp Impasse Impasse
Inlet Inlet Inlt
Island Island Is
Knoll Knoll Knl
Landng Landing Landing,Lndg
Lane Lane Ln
Lmts Limits Limits
Lkout Lookout Lookout
Manor Manor Mnr
Meadow Meadow Mdw
Mount Mount Mt
Mtn Mountain Mountain
Orch Orchard Orchard
Pk Park Park
Pky Parkway Parkway, Pkwy
Psge Passage Passage,Pass
Ptway Pathway Pathway
Pines Pines Pnes
Pl Place Place
Plat Plateau Plateau
Plaza Plaza Plz
Pt Point Point
Port Port Prt
Pvt Private Private
Prom Promenade Promenade
Rg Range Range
Ridge Ridge Rdge
Rd Road Road
Rdpt Rond-point Rond-point
Rte Route Route
Rle Ruelle Ruelle
Sent Sentier Sentier
Sq Square Square
Subdiv Subdivision Subdivision
St Street Street
Terr Terrace Terrace, Ter, Tce
Tsse Terrasse Terrasse
Thick Thicket Thicket
Tline Townline Townline
Trail Trail Trl
Trnabt Turnabout Turnabout
Villge Village Village, Vlg


Road Types

Within Metropolitan Areas

In the US, the DOT has a Functional Classification system which had been adopted by Waze Champs as the method for classifying different road types. Overall, this has resulted in use of the highway types for arterial roads in the metropolitan areas, with the Primary Street type being available for collector-type roads.

Unfortunately, we don't have the same standardized government-published maps to adopt here, but we can consider many of the same principles. This was first looked at in Edmonton, and seems to have been met with great success.

With that in mind, we'd like to consider the following criteria for use within metropolitan areas and any city with a population exceeding ~40,000. In the event that the infrastructure of a smaller city has been designed with arterial routes, this may be adopted there, but will typically be less obvious.

If the local government has published maps that define arterial and collector routes, please use those to set the street types.

Changing of Types

As a highway enters a city/town, it often becomes a named street, and sometimes would no longer fit the usual criteria for a "highway".

Due to a number of reasons, including long-distance routing issues, as well as appearance, the highway should remain as the same type it entered the city/town (except if it's a Freeway -- if it no longer fits the Freeway criteria, it may be downgraded to Major Highway until it is again a Freeway).

The road type designation should follow the entire numbered route.

Freeways

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In general, Freeways will have:

  • Multi-Lane, divided road
  • No cross traffic
  • No stop lights (except for ramp meters)
  • No stop signs
  • No parking
  • No stopping (except for toll booths, freeway access metering, movable bridges, and traffic congestion)
  • Highest speed limits (relative to region)
  • Some have minimum speed limits
  • Limited access:
    • Access restrictions vary by region but some typical restrictions are:
      • No pedestrians
      • No bicycles
      • No mopeds
      • No Animal-Drawn Vehicles
    • Entrance ramps are typically designed with an acceleration zone so that cars can accelerate up to freeway speeds before merging into freeway traffic
    • Exit ramps are typically designed with a deceleration zone so that traffic can exit the freeway at freeway speeds without obstructing traffic, then have sufficient distance to slow down before any turns

When considering the road type, use the above noted Freeway classification as a guideline, with the idea that a Canadian "Freeway" may lack one of the criteria (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)

Major Highway

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Use for major arterial roads. Often these have 2-3 lanes (or more) in each direction, and may be structured to be turned into freeways eventually. Usually this means relatively few intersections, higher speed limit, and higher capacity.

Additionally, if a road enters an area as a Freeway, but then loses its limited-access situation, it will generally continue on as a Major Highway.

If only one type of arterial is used by the municipality on their maps, the decision between a "major" and a "minor" will be that of relative importance and capacity. Generally, a "major" will have 2+ lanes, whereas a minor may only have one. Local knowledge is also especially useful in determining this.

Minor Highway

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Use for arterial roads. They are more direct than using collector roads and sometimes have slightly increased speed limits.

Primary Street

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Suitable for collector roads through neighbourhoods and thoroughfares that aren't arterial.

Outside Metropolitan Areas

Trans-Canada Highway

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Road type: Freeway
Primary name: Hwy ## (e.g. Hwy 1)
Alternate: Trans-Canada Hwy

There are parts of the TCH that travel through 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 or the highway is divided again.

Quebec Roads

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

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

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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.

Ontario Roads

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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 in blue as they are limited access.

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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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County roads may be in yellow if they have higher speed limits than most main roads around them. Not all county roads should be designated "Minor Highway" -- grid roads should be addressed like Alberta's Range / Township Roads.

Alberta Roads

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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 above noted Freeway classification as a guideline, with the idea that a Canadian "Freeway" may lack one of the criteria (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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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 (MD). Some MDs have chosen a numbering format with a hyphen before the last digit (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.

Township and Range roads are not highways and should be (at highest) Primary Street.

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

British Columbia Roads

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

When considering the road type, use the above noted Freeway classification as a guideline, with the idea that a Canadian "Freeway" may lack one of the criteria (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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Highways are defined by the provincial numbering scheme.  Any numbered route will be either a Freeway, Major Highway or Minor Highway, regardless of the use of stop lights or the path it takes through a city/town.

Additionally, streets that are named "Highway" (e.g. Barnet Highway in Burnaby) may also receive a highway classification.

Differentiation between a major and minor highway is largely based on its destination and importance of the route.  Also, 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 19A in Courtenay is major highway, one type lower than Hwy 19 (freeway), and Hwy 4A in Coombs is minor highway, one type lower than Hwy 4 (major highway).

Alleys

Alleys should not be added to the map. In some cases (e.g. Vancouver and Toronto areas), we have left the ones in place, but in most cases they should be removed.

This is particularly relevant to basemapped areas that included them -- e.g. Saskatchewan -- small towns should certainly have the alleyways removed.

In places where they are retained, they should have their city name set and the "None" box checked for Street Name. They should also be changed to Parking Lot street type.

Locking Standard

Canada has active "Traffic Locks", these locks are based on usage from users. They are limited to a max rank of 4, but can be any rank below.

Segments that have restricted turns must be locked to a minimum Level 3.

If the current lock or traffic lock is higher than the minimum standards listed below, please don't lower the lock.

Minimum Road Locking Rank Standard
Segment Type Minimum locks
 Freeway  4
 Ramp  highest rank of connected segment
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 Major Highway  4
 Minor Highway  3
 Primary Street  2
 Street  1
 :|:|:|:|:Railroad:|:|:|:|:  4


Place Editing

PUR should be reviewed for accuracy, once approved all relevant information pertaining to the place should be entered. Please use each company's website to gather all the information you can. Once a place is complete please lock to rank 3.

This practice will prevent app trusted users and most IGN editors from making incorrect changes to places we know are right. App trusted users and IGN editors are rarely rank 3.

Following are general standards for place locking in Canada:

Place Minimum Locking Rank Standard
Place Type Minimum locks
Airports 4
Hospitals 4
Major Tourist Attractions/Landmarks 4
Police/Fire Stations 3
Gas Stations 3


Telephone Number Format for Waze Places

+1-NPA-NXX-XXXX

Place Naming

Place Naming in Canada should adhere to the following guidelines. Following the government agency naming guide is a list of businesses which are chains or franchises. Please use these name spellings when creating or updating a place.

Hospitals

Hospitals with Emergency Rooms must have a separate Waze Place with "ER/Urgence" prefixed in the primary name, for example:

ER - Brampton Civic Hospital
ER - St. Michael's Hospital
Urgence - Hôpital de Verdun

Government Agencies

Police Stations: City, Agency followed by division name, for example:

Toronto Police 12 Division
Peel Police 22 Division
OPP Collingwood Detachment

Fire Stations: City, Agency followed by station number, for example:

Brampton Fire Station 221
Toronto Fire Station 347

Place Name Harmonization

If you don't find the business you're looking for, please use this form to submit the missing information.

When to use Area or Point in Canada

Here is the Canadian guidance on selecting Area or Point for Places in the Waze Map Editor.

Optional Area shall only be used after consulting local area managers on regional guidelines. The place must be a significant landmark with navigational value in the community. For example: a Tim Hortons in Hepburn, SK (population 500) is of significance. However, the same sized Tim Hortons is of zero significance in the Greater Toronto Area.

We do not want to impose hard & fast rules for the Optional Area category. Please use some judgement, we do not want to see wall-to-wall areas for every single building structure on the map.

Optional Area shall be landmarked to just the building structure only, do not include the parking lot area.

Fence-line Areas shall be landmarked from fence line to fence line to include all parking lots, roads, and anything associated with the property. Parking lot roads (PLRs), parking lots, and gas stations all serve the same purpose.

The Primary Category for a Place is used to determine whether to use a Point or Area.

Parent Category Type Comments
Car Services Car Wash Point
Car Services Charging Station Point
Car Services Garage / Automotive Shop Point
Car Services Gas Station Fence-line Area Many gas stations also have convenience stores and ATMs. Remember to use "Gas Station" as the primary category and the add any others which are relevant. Please see the Places/Gas Station article.
Car Services Parking Lot Both There are very few parking lots which should be mapped at all. Please see the Places/Parking lot article.
Transportation Airport Fence-line Area Special-handling
Transportation Bridge Area Should only be use for bridges with significance: Peace Bridge, Golden-gate Bridge
Transportation Bus Station Point
Transportation Ferry Pier Point
Transportation Junction / Interchange Area Will not be used in Canada.
Transportation Seaport / Marina / Harbor Area Size-dependent.
Transportation Subway Station Point
Transportation Taxi Station Point
Transportation Train Station Point
Transportation Tunnel Area
Professional and public Cemetery Fence-line Area
Professional and public City Hall Point
Professional and public College / University Area
Professional and public Conventions / Event Centre Area Size-dependent
Professional and public Courthouse Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Professional and public Embassy / Consulate Area
Professional and public Factory / Industrial Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Professional and public Fire Department Area
Professional and public Government Optional Area
Professional and public Hospital / Medical Care Area ONLY Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and places offering Urgent Medical Care should use this category. ERs encompassed in a hospital Place Area should be Points.

Clinics, and Medical offices which do not offer urgent medical care for Walk-Ins should use the Office, (and any other appropriate) category instead.

Professional and public Information Point Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Professional and public Kindergarten Point
Professional and public Library Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Professional and public Military Area
Professional and public Offices Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Professional and public Organization or Association Point
Professional and public Police Station Area
Professional and public Prison / Correctional Facility Area
Professional and public Post Office Point
Professional and public Religious Centre Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Professional and public School Fence-line Area
Shopping and services Arts & Crafts Point
Shopping and services ATM Point
Shopping and services Bank / Financial Point
Shopping and services Bookstore Point
Shopping and services Car Dealership Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Car Rental Point
Shopping and services Convenience Store Point
Shopping and services Currency Exchange Point
Shopping and services Department Store Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Electronics Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Fashion and Clothing Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Flowers Point
Shopping and services Furniture / Home Store Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Gifts Point
Shopping and services Gym / Fitness Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Hardware Store Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Jewellery Point
Shopping and services Laundry / Dry Cleaning Point
Shopping and services Market Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Music Store Point
Shopping and services Personal Care Point
Shopping and services Pet Store / Veterinarian Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Pharmacy Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Photography Point
Shopping and services Shopping Centre Area
Shopping and services Sporting Goods Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Supermarket / Grocery Point Can be Optional Area see notes above. Must be a Point if it is part of larger shopping mall/center.
Shopping and services Swimming Pool Point
Shopping and services Toy Store Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Shopping and services Travel Agency Point
Food and drink Bakery Point
Food and drink Bar Point
Food and drink Coffee shop Point
Food and drink Dessert Point
Food and drink Fast Food Point
Food and drink Food Court Point
Food and drink Ice Cream Point
Food and drink Restaurant Point
Culture & entertainment Art Gallery Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Culture & entertainment Casino Area Large hotel-casinos perhaps could be Area Places.
Culture & entertainment Club Point
Culture & entertainment Game Club Point
Culture & entertainment Movie Theater Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Culture & entertainment Museum Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Culture & entertainment Music Venue Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Culture & entertainment Performing Arts Venue Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Culture & entertainment Racing Track Area
Culture & entertainment Stadium / Arena Area
Culture & entertainment Theme Park Area
Culture & entertainment Theater Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Culture & entertainment Tourist Attraction / Historic Site Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Culture & entertainment Zoo / Aquarium Area Size-dependent
Other Construction Site Area Do not map in Canada.
Lodging Bed & Breakfast Point
Lodging Camping / Trailer Park Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Lodging Cottage / Cabin Point
Lodging Hostel Point
Lodging Hotel Point
Outdoors Beach Area Do not map without a name.
Outdoors Golf Course Area
Outdoors Park Area Do not map without a name.
Outdoors Playground Area Do not map without a name.
Outdoors Plaza Point Unsure about mapping these at all
Outdoors Promenade Point Unsure about mapping these at all
Outdoors Scenic Lookout / Viewpoint Point
Outdoors Ski Area Area
Outdoors Sports Court Point Can be Optional Area see notes above.
Natural features Farm Area Do not map without a name.
Natural features Forest / Grove Area Only map official state/national forests, not every stand of trees.
Natural features Island Area
Natural features River / Stream Area Use only if water itself is visually obvious to drivers on nearby roads. Do not remap features already present in the built-in Waze water layer unless that layer is incomplete or inaccurate. Map only the typical extent of visible water, not adjacent open space, greenbelt, culvert, meadows, or flood plain. If the river/stream is too narrow to map conveniently with an Area Place, it should not be mapped at all.
Natural features Sea / Lake / Pond Area Use only if water itself is visually obvious to drivers on nearby roads. Do not remap features already present in the built-in Waze water layer unless that layer is incomplete or inaccurate. Map only the typical extent of visible water, not adjacent beaches or land. If the feature is too small to map conveniently with an Area Place, it should not be mapped at all.

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"Emergency and Authorized Vehicles Only" are to be treated as Non-drivable roads. These are found primarily through the median of divided highways to connect opposite direction lanes.
  • Recommended not to map them in Canada.

Ferries

Please do not use the ferry road type, it's not yet functional in Waze. Canada will adopt U.S. guidelines with respect to ferries.

  • Use the FC/RC classification of the road leading to the ferry crossing.
  • If the ferry has a toll, mark it as a toll road.

Technical information

Please see the article Technical Information.