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Canada has active "Traffic Locks", these locks are based on usage from users. They are limited to a max rank of 4, but can be any rank below.
Segments that have restricted turns must be locked to a minimum Level 3.
If the current lock or traffic lock is higher than the minimum standards listed below, please don't lower the lock.
|Segment Type||Minimum locks|
|highest rank of connected segment|
PUR should be reviewed for accuracy, once approved all relevant information pertaining to the place should be entered. Please use each company's website to gather all the information you can. Once a place is complete please lock to rank 3.
This practice will prevent app trusted users and most IGN editors from making incorrect changes to places we know are right. App trusted users and IGN editors are rarely rank 3.
Following are general standards for place locking in Canada:
|Place Type||Minimum locks|
|Major Tourist Attractions/Landmarks||4|
Place Naming in Canada should adhere to the following guidelines. Following the government agency naming guide is a list of businesses which are chains or franchises. Please use these name spellings when creating or updating a place.
Hospitals with Emergency Rooms must have a separate Waze Place with "ER/Urgence" prefixed in the primary name, for example:
- ER - Brampton Civic Hospital
- ER - St. Michael's Hospital
- Urgence - Hôpital de Verdun
Police Stations: City, Agency followed by division name, for example:
- Toronto Police 12 Division
- Peel Police 22 Division
- O.P.P. Collingwood Detachment
Fire Stations: City, Agency followed by station number, for example:
- Brampton Fire Station 221
- Toronto Fire Station 347
Place Name Harmonization
If you don't find the business you're looking for, please use this form to submit the missing information.
When to use Area or Point in Canada
Here is the Canadian guidance on selecting Area or Point for Places in the Waze Map Editor.
Optional Area shall only be used after consulting local area managers on regional guidelines. The place must be a significant landmark with navigational value in the community. For example: a Canadian Tire in Hepburn, SK (population 500) is of significance. However, the same sized Canadian Tire is of zero significance in the Greater Toronto Area.
We do not want to impose hard & fast rules for the Optional Area category. Please use some judgement, we do not want to see wall-to-wall areas for every single building structure on the map.
Optional Area shall be landmarked to just the building structure only, do not include the parking lot area.
Fence-line Areas shall be landmarked from fence line to fence line to include all parking lots, roads, and anything associated with the property. Parking lot roads (PLRs), parking lots, and gas stations all serve the same purpose.
The Primary Category for a Place is used to determine whether to use a Point or Area.
|Car Services||Car Wash||Point|
|Car Services||Charging Station||Point|
|Car Services||Garage / Automotive Shop||Point|
|Car Services||Gas Station||Fence-line Area||Many gas stations also have convenience stores and ATMs. Remember to use "Gas Station" as the primary category and the add any others which are relevant. Please see the Places/Gas Station article.|
|Car Services||Parking Lot||Both||There are very few parking lots which should be mapped at all. Please see the Places/Parking lot article.|
|Transportation||Bridge||Area||Should only be use for bridges with significance: Peace Bridge, Golden-gate Bridge|
|Transportation||Junction / Interchange||Area||Will not be used in Canada.|
|Transportation||Seaport / Marina / Harbor||Area||Size-dependent.|
|Professional and public||Cemetery||Fence-line Area|
|Professional and public||City Hall||Point|
|Professional and public||College / University||Area|
|Professional and public||Conventions / Event Centre||Area||Size-dependent|
|Professional and public||Courthouse||Point|
|Professional and public||Embassy / Consulate||Area|
|Professional and public||Factory / Industrial||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Professional and public||Fire Department||Area|
|Professional and public||Government||Point|
|Professional and public||Hospital / Medical Care||Area||ONLY Hospitals, Emergency Rooms, and places offering Urgent Medical Care should use this category. ERs encompassed in a hospital Place Area should be Points.
Clinics, and Medical offices which do not offer urgent medical care for Walk-Ins should use the Office, (and any other appropriate) category instead.
|Professional and public||Information Point||Point|
|Professional and public||Kindergarten||Point|
|Professional and public||Library||Point|
|Professional and public||Military||Area|
|Professional and public||Offices||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Professional and public||Organization or Association||Point|
|Professional and public||Police Station||Area|
|Professional and public||Prison / Correctional Facility||Area|
|Professional and public||Post Office||Point|
|Professional and public||Religious Centre||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Professional and public||School||Fence-line Area|
|Shopping and services||Arts & Crafts||Point|
|Shopping and services||ATM||Point|
|Shopping and services||Bank / Financial||Point|
|Shopping and services||Bookstore||Point|
|Shopping and services||Car Dealership||Point|
|Shopping and services||Car Rental||Point|
|Shopping and services||Convenience Store||Point|
|Shopping and services||Currency Exchange||Point|
|Shopping and services||Department Store||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Shopping and services||Electronics||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Shopping and services||Fashion and Clothing||Point|
|Shopping and services||Flowers||Point|
|Shopping and services||Furniture / Home Store||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Shopping and services||Gifts||Point|
|Shopping and services||Gym / Fitness||Point|
|Shopping and services||Hardware Store||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Shopping and services||Jewellery||Point|
|Shopping and services||Laundry / Dry Cleaning||Point|
|Shopping and services||Market||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Shopping and services||Music Store||Point|
|Shopping and services||Personal Care||Point|
|Shopping and services||Pet Store / Veterinarian||Point|
|Shopping and services||Pharmacy||Point|
|Shopping and services||Photography||Point|
|Shopping and services||Shopping Centre||Area|
|Shopping and services||Sporting Goods||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Shopping and services||Supermarket / Grocery||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above. Must be a Point if it is part of larger shopping mall/center.|
|Shopping and services||Swimming Pool||Point|
|Shopping and services||Toy Store||Point|
|Shopping and services||Travel Agency||Point|
|Food and drink||Bakery||Point|
|Food and drink||Bar||Point|
|Food and drink||Coffee shop||Point|
|Food and drink||Dessert||Point|
|Food and drink||Fast Food||Point|
|Food and drink||Food Court||Point|
|Food and drink||Ice Cream||Point|
|Food and drink||Restaurant||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Art Gallery||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Culture & entertainment||Casino||Area||Large hotel-casinos perhaps could be Area Places.|
|Culture & entertainment||Club||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Game Club||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Movie Theater||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Museum||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Culture & entertainment||Music Venue||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Culture & entertainment||Performing Arts Venue||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Culture & entertainment||Racing Track||Area|
|Culture & entertainment||Stadium / Arena||Area|
|Culture & entertainment||Theme Park||Area|
|Culture & entertainment||Theater||Point|
|Culture & entertainment||Tourist Attraction / Historic Site||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Culture & entertainment||Zoo / Aquarium||Area||Size-dependent|
|Other||Construction Site||Area||Do not map in Canada.|
|Lodging||Bed & Breakfast||Point|
|Lodging||Camping / Trailer Park||Point||Can be Optional Area see notes above.|
|Lodging||Cottage / Cabin||Point|
|Outdoors||Beach||Area||Do not map without a name.|
|Outdoors||Park||Area||Do not map without a name.|
|Outdoors||Playground||Point||Do not map without a name.|
|Outdoors||Plaza||Point||Unsure about mapping these at all|
|Outdoors||Promenade||Point||Unsure about mapping these at all|
|Outdoors||Scenic Lookout / Viewpoint||Point|
|Natural features||Farm||Area||Do not map without a name.|
|Natural features||Forest / Grove||Area||Only map official state/national forests, not every stand of trees.|
|Natural features||River / Stream||Area||Use only if water itself is visually obvious to drivers on nearby roads. Do not remap features already present in the built-in Waze water layer unless that layer is incomplete or inaccurate. Map only the typical extent of visible water, not adjacent open space, greenbelt, culvert, meadows, or flood plain. If the river/stream is too narrow to map conveniently with an Area Place, it should not be mapped at all.|
|Natural features||Sea / Lake / Pond||Area||Use only if water itself is visually obvious to drivers on nearby roads. Do not remap features already present in the built-in Waze water layer unless that layer is incomplete or inaccurate. Map only the typical extent of visible water, not adjacent beaches or land. If the feature is too small to map conveniently with an Area Place, it should not be mapped at all.|
"Emergency and Authorized Vehicles Only" are to be treated as Non-drivable roads. These are found primarily through the median of divided highways to connect opposite direction lanes.
- Do not map them at all in Canada.
- Use the FC/RC classification of the road leading to the ferry crossing.
- If the ferry has a toll, mark it as a toll road.