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Geodetic Reference Systems

News: NATRF2022

The United States, as part of its reference frame modernization, plans to replace its North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83) with a new North American Terrestrial Reference Frame (NATRF2022), creating 1.3 to 1.5 m horizontal coordinate differences at the Canada-U.S. border with respect to Canada’s NAD83(CSRS). NATRF2022 was originally planned to be rolled out in 2022, however the U.S. National Geodetic Survey has recently announced a delay until approximately 2024 or 2025.

To begin informing the Canadian geospatial community of the U.S.’ move to NATRF2022, a freely available technical note has been published in GEOMATICA, and a quick reference pamphlet has been prepared.

This site provides end-users with the geodetic data, tools and information they need for a range of commercial and private uses. One of the most popular services is the online CSRS-PPP service, which provides centimetre-accuracy positioning in either NAD83(CSRS) or ITRF using GNSS technologies.

Canadian Spatial Reference System

Learn about the Canadian Spatial Reference System and its adoption across Canada.

Height Reference System Modernization

Learn how NRCan is using new technology to improve the accuracy of Canada’s height reference standard.

Spatial Positioning Strategy

Find out about the new strategy for positioning systems in Canada.

Federal Programs

Discover how the Canadian Geodetic Survey is helping to advance geoscience research and mitigate the impacts of geohazards and climate change.

Geodetic Data Products

Access data from the Canadian Active Control System, Passive Control Networks and the Canadian Gravity Standardization Network as well as a series of geoid models and coordinate transformations.

Geodetic Tools and Applications

Use Canadian Geodetic Survey tools and applications enabling accurate positioning, heights conversion and coordinate transformations.


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