Province Maps Everyone’s Address

Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations (to March 31, 2014)

March 15, 2001 3:35 PM

Ambulances and other emergency vehicles will have an easier time
responding to distress calls, thanks to a $3.6-million investment
announced by the provincial government Thursday afternoon at the
Amherst Fire Hall.

The Civic Address Project, a three-year undertaking by Service
Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations, will map every road and
civic address in the province. Starting with Cumberland County
and then advancing county by county, the department will develop
digital maps that will be used by emergency-service responders
and other provincial and municipal agencies.

"We are honouring our commitment to make Nova Scotia a better
place to live and to work," said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. "This project will
benefit every Nova Scotian, regardless of where they live in the

The minister noted that Amherst area businesses have already
benefited from the project. Two local firms -- Rayworth and
Roberts, and Alt Mapping -- are involved. Truck signs that will
be used by survey crews across the province were also made by an
Amherst firm.

Since mid-January, survey crews have travelled Cumberland County,
noting properties with posted civic-address numbers. In some
cases, municipalities have civic-address information that can be
used as a starting point. In other municipalities, the project
will start from scratch.

If a civic address is not already on record, the survey crew will
use satellite signals from the Global Positioning System (GPS)
and a rangefinder to calculate geographic references for an
address. These references will be transferred to a computer
database that will be used to plot points on a digital map.

Mr. MacIsaac explained that emergency-service responders -- fire,
police and ambulance services -- will be key users of these maps.
The minister explained that every second counts in a life-or-
death situation, and these maps could help dispatchers give more
precise directions to the response team.

"When the project is completed, we will know the precise location
of every civic address, give or take a few metres," said Mr.
MacIsaac. “This will be a big help for emergency dispatchers and
responders alike.” He noted that some ambulances already are
equipped to access the computerized maps while en route to a

Mr. MacIsaac said the project will receive about $600,000 a year
from the E911 cost recovery program, through the Emergency
Measures Organization.

"This is a co-operative effort between provincial departments and
agencies, municipalities and even the federal government," said
project manager Dave Steeves of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal
Relations. “We have every indication that other municipalities
will be just as helpful and eager to complete the process as was
Cumberland County.”

Mr. Steeves explained that the Nova Scotia Electoral Office is
sharing address information; Transportation and Public Works is
providing geographic data and is working on related signage
practices; and the federal government is involved because First
Nations communities will have the option of being mapped.

Mr. MacIsaac noted that businesses may also benefit from the
information. Examples of business applications include tracking
delivery vehicles and planning services. Some of the cost may be
recovered through licensing agreements.

The minister said municipalities have been a big ally in getting
this project up and running, and their ongoing support has been
much appreciated.


     Service Nova Scotia Minister Angus MacIsaac is in Amherst

today to unveil a three-year, three-point-six-million-dollar

investment in public safety.

     The Civic Address Project will build digital maps that will
help dispatchers provide fire, police and ambulances with precise
directions to emergencies. The project starts in Cumberland
county, then will proceed county by county until it covers all of
Nova Scotia.
     Mr. MacIsaac says about 600-thousand dollars a year will go
to the project from the 9-1-1 cost recovery program.

     The minister says municipalities have been a big ally in
getting this project up and running, and their ongoing support
has been much appreciated.
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Contact: Kevin Finch
         Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations

kjd         March 15, 2001      3:33 P.M.