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Get postal code concordances for more provinces #14

jpmckinney opened this Issue Feb 1, 2012 · 3 comments


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jpmckinney commented Feb 1, 2012

We haven't asked Yukon or Northwest Territories, as we don't have boundaries.

Note: If we want to extend to cities, Montreal has a web service that performs a concordance.


  • Québec
  • Nunavut: received from Elections Nunavut through third party
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: received from Elections Newfoundland and Labrador, who will look into posting the data on the website (Feb 20, 2012)
  • New Brunswick: received from Elections New Brunswick (Aug 29, 2012)

Not free

  • Saskatchewan has concordances from 2003 (the last representation order). The next update will be in 2013. Made using PCCF from Statistics Canada by a retired colleague.
  • Ontario: Larry Forman called May 8, 2012, to explain that the license on the postal code concordance file has become a policy decision. Since then, Elections Ontario no longer distributes the concordance file, as it is waiting to hear back from Canada Post about whether it can publish postal code data and in what form (Aug 20, 2012).
  • Alberta: through contract with Canada Post. Am still waiting on reply from Canada Post representative (Feb 6, Feb 15 and Mar 25, 2012), but it is unlikely Canada Post will allow distribution.
  • British Columbia: through contract with BC Stats, though licensing agreement with DMTI Spatial.

Not available

  • Nova Scotia: "Elections Nova Scotia does not generate this file, so I can not provide you with it."
  • Manitoba: "Many rural voters receive their mail in small towns some distance from where they live. We have found that there are too many mailing addresses which are outside of the electoral division where the voter resides."
  • Prince Edward Island: "Elections P.E.I. does not have a Postal Code File. Many of our Islanders have mail delivered under Rural Routes and the Postal Codes do not reflect any provincial boundaries." PEI can provide a list of addresses for each of their three counties. Each address list includes a number for an electoral district.

jpmckinney commented Feb 6, 2012

Sent requests to BC and AB.


jpmckinney commented Feb 10, 2012

Need to reply to BC re: how ON, QC, SK can publish concordance files, as BC is "very curious" about this.


jpmckinney commented Feb 20, 2012

Update wiki with any relevant info after closing issue.

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