What is geocoder.ca?
Geocoder.ca is a public web service providing both free and commercial geocoding services for North America: Canada and the USA. Geocoding is the process of computing the latitude and longitude of a location.
Looking for a Canadian geocoding service, we found a few inaccurate, incomplete and expensive ones.
Geocoder.ca sprung out as a practical application from the academic research conducted by Ervin Ruci in the field of Computational Geometry at the School of Graduate Studies, Carleton University during the 2004-2005 academic year. The first free canadian geocoder was released on July 5th 2005.
This geocoder is constantly improving and expanding in response to the GIS computational needs of the web development community.
How accurate is our Geocoding:
I have observed an average error of 9 metres. That's better than GPS accuracy. (however in rural areas the approximations could be more rough. that is being improved though.)
As noted on the front page, improving this free service is an ongoing process. Keep an eye at this page for announcements on new releases.
601 - 1435 prince of wales, ottawa, ontario, canada, k2c 1n5.
Ackowledgements: Many thanks to Professor Michiel Smid for getting me interested in Computational Geometry in the first place.