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Spatial Positioning Strategy


Canadians rely on Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) technologies, enabled by Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) such as GPS (Global Positioning System), to support a diverse set of systems including transportation networks, telecommunications, and financial services as well as surveying, engineering, farming and navigation.

Increasing demand for PNT solutions to support emerging technologies, and the need to address remote and northern communities access to high-precision positioning, has led the Canadian Geodetic Survey (CGS) to shape a new strategic direction for positioning systems in Canada. This includes engaging with partner agencies leading similar efforts in Navigation and Timing.

The Canadian Active Control System consists of unattended active Global Navigation Satellite System tracking stations, as pictured here in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories. They are equipped with geodetic quality antennas, high precision dual frequency receivers, and atomic frequency standards, which continuously record measurements for all satellites within station view.

Efficient and accessible positioning services will help Canadians be active participants in the fast-paced technological economy of the future. The CGS is evaluating infrastructures and systems used to augment and facilitate access to high-precision positioning, including:

The CGS is currently engaged in the following activities to support the new national positioning strategy:

  • An online survey distributed to stakeholders
  • Individual consultations with industry partners
  • Review of international strategies by other governments and geodetic organizations

An open dialogue will continue with updates posted here as they become available. Comments from interested parties are welcome. Please contact us by selecting the ‘Earth Science’ topic and the ‘Geodetic Reference Systems’ category on the Contact Us page.

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