[Talk-ca] Cleanup of addr:country, addr:province, addr:state

Matthew Darwin matthew at mdarwin.ca
Mon Feb 19 16:17:34 UTC 2018

Hi John,

I live in Kanata.  If I type my "<number> <street> Ottawa" into the 
Canada Post lookup tool 
it helpfully corrects me to "Kanata".   Same for old "City of Nepean" 
addresses.   Try "1000 Palladium Drive, Kanata, ON" (Canadian Tire 

As far as I know, within the City of Ottawa, everyone's postal address 
uses the pre-amalgamted city names while the city hasn't yet finished 
de-duplicating street names.   So addr:city should probably be filled 
in accordingly.

On 2018-02-19 11:07 AM, john whelan wrote:
> I seem to recall from talking to Canada Post that Orleans is the 
> only location for which that is true.  All of Orleans is located 
> within Ottawa.  So how do you tag it?  It is within the City of 
> Ottawa these days.
> Thanks John
> On 19 February 2018 at 10:44, Matthew Darwin <matthew at mdarwin.ca 
> <mailto:matthew at mdarwin.ca>> wrote:
>     Hi Clifford,
>     (It was good to meet you at SOTM US last year).
>     Thanks for your comments... The situation with addr:city appears
>     to me to be more complex than the situation with
>     addr:province/addr:country, along the lines of what you are
>     mentioning. My personal home mailing address cannot be resolved
>     in OSM because the mailing address does not match any of the
>     boundaries.  (OSM boundaries are correct, but the official post
>     address cannot be resolved from the boundaries). So I have a
>     feeling that addr:city is going to be required, at least in some
>     cases.
>     Do you have a view on addr:province/addr:state or addr:country?
>     US/Canada probably have more similarities than differences, so
>     your input is very welcome.

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