Nova Scotia Civic Address File
Civic addressing is more than community names, street signs and numbers on houses. It is a comprehensive system that involves numerous components including the public, municipalities, First Nations communities, Emergency Management Office (EMO), Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal (TIR), Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (SNSMR), emergency response agencies, telephone service providers, and many others.
The primary mandate of civic addressing is to support emergency response services. To fulfill this, the data must be complete and accurate. The data must also be available to service the needs of the other integrated users.
Nova Scotia is developing an integrated civic addressing system that extends well beyond simple addressing needs. It is used by multiple government departments that require address information, and is integrated into provincial and federal mapping programs. This approach stems from the provincial GeoNova program that strives to collect data as close to the source as possible and share it with as wide an audience as possible.
Civic address data are available through the Nova Scotia Civic Address File (NSCAF). This centralized geographic database is used to standardize the format and availability of these data in the province. The graphic approach to civic addressing is just beginning to be adopted in other jurisdictions, but is essential to meet the needs of wireless communications and to fulfill the other requirements on civic addressing. The NSCAF supports both point and range based addressing. Point based addressing is the "next generation" of addressing and permits precise mapping and the inclusion of more civic address attributes than are possible with range based systems.