Ministry of Natural Resources Will Continue to Produce Topographic Maps On Paper
Oct 19, 2006
Four wheelers dodged a bullet recently when the Ministry of Natural Resources back away from its plan to cease production of printed topographic maps. This move came in response to strong protests from a wide range of stakeholders including libraries, map vendors, and recreational users. Minister of Natural Resources Gary Lunn announced on October 12th that Canadian topographic maps will continue to be available in paper format.
The proposed plan was to stop producing paper maps, and in their stead, making digital maps freely available on the Internet. These digital maps would be PDF files scaled to produce 38" x 26" maps. To be easily readable, they would need to be printed on a commercial printer capable of handling large paper sizes, with the resulting cost to be around CAD$50 per map instead of the current CAD$11 price per map. On top of that, access to these files would obviously require Internet access, of which a great many Canadians do not have.
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