Abstract: The Town dataset is comprised of all the polygons that represent Towns in Alberta. Town is a municipality type defined under the authority of the Municipal Government Act. The formation of a Town can occur if a majority of buildings are on parcels of land smaller than 1850 square metres and there is a population of 1000 or more.
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      14BA0FBF-9761-4E18-867B-29E9CF83CF86
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      eng
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      utf8
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      dataset
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      dataset
  Metadata author: 
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      Organisation name: 
          Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta
      Position name: 
          Provincial Geospatial Centre
      Contact info: 
        Contact: 
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                  7804277374
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                  7804220712
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                  14th Floor, Oxbridge Place
              Delivery point: 
                  9820 - 106 Street NW
              City: 
                  Edmonton
              Administrative area: 
                  Alberta
              Postal code: 
                  T5K 2J6
              Country: 
                Country: 
                  CA
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                  AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca
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          publisher
  Date stamp: 

      2024-02-05
  Metadata standard name: 
      ISO 19139 Geographic Information - Metadata - Implementation Specification
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      2007
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Spatial representation info:

Vector spatial representation: Topology level: Topology level code: geometryOnly Geometric objects: Geometric objects: Geometric object type: Geometric object type code: composite Geometric object count: 105
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Reference system info:

Reference system: Reference system identifier: RS Identifier: Code: 3401 Code Space: EPSG Version: 6.11(9.3.0.0)
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Identification info:

Data identification: Citation: Citation: Title: Town Date: Date: Date: 2001-06-01 Date type: Date type code: creation Date: Date: Date: 2024-01-15 Date type: Date type code: publication Date: Date: Date: 2024-01-15 Date type: Date type code: revision Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta Position name: Provincial Geospatial Centre Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 7804277374 Facsimile: 7804220712 Address: Address: Delivery point: 14th Floor, Oxbridge Place Delivery point: 9820 - 106 Street NW City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T5K 2J6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: originator Abstract: The Town dataset is comprised of all the polygons that represent Towns in Alberta. Town is a municipality type defined under the authority of the Municipal Government Act. The formation of a Town can occur if a majority of buildings are on parcels of land smaller than 1850 square metres and there is a population of 1000 or more. Purpose: The Town dataset provides users with GIS ready polygonal representation of all Towns in the province of Alberta, and is suitable for indexing or analysis purposes. Status: Progress code: completed Point of contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta Position name: Provincial Geospatial Centre Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 7804277374 Facsimile: 7804220712 Address: Address: Delivery point: 9820 - 106 Street NW Delivery point: 14th Floor, Oxbridge Place City: Edmonton Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T5K 2J6 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: pointOfContact Resource maintenance: Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: asNeeded Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Alberta, Canada Type: Keyword type code: place Descriptive keywords: Keywords: Keyword: Urban municipality Keyword: Towns Keyword: Municipality Type: Keyword type code: theme Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Use limitation: Distribution Liability: Under the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, the Information is licensed as is, and the Information Provider excludes all representations, warranties, obligations, and liabilities, whether express or implied, to the maximum extent permitted by law. The Information Provider is not liable for any errors or omissions in the Information, and will not under any circumstances be liable for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other loss, injury or damage caused by its use or otherwise arising in connection with this licence or the Information, even if specifically advised of the possibility of such loss, injury or damage. Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Use constraints: Restriction code: license Other constraints: Your use of this information will be governed by the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta, in force as of the date you accessed the information, found at https://open.alberta.ca/licence Resource constraints: Legal constraints: Access constraints: Restriction code: otherRestrictions Other constraints: To access the data you must agree to the terms of the Open Government Licence - Alberta found at https://open.alberta.ca/licence Resource constraints: Security constraints: Classification: Classification code: unclassified User note: Public/Unrestricted Classification system: Government of Alberta Data and Information Security Classification Handling description: https://imtpolicy.sp.alberta.ca/standards/Pages/Data-and-Information-Security-Classification.aspx Spatial representation type: Spatial representation type code: vector Language: Language Code: eng Character set: Character set code: utf8 Topic category: Topic category code: boundaries Extent: Extent: Geographic element: Geographic bounding box: Extent type code: true West bound longitude: -119.852382 East bound longitude: -109.431354 South bound latitude: 49.092249 North bound latitude: 58.590972 Supplemental Information: Towns in Alberta are defined by Orders-in-Council. Besides name, each town has a numeric identifier (i.e. 0387 for Banff) designated by Alberta Municipal Affairs documented in the Municipal Codes. The Municipal Codes document also contains the number of Alberta municipalities by type (i.e. City, Improvement District, etc.). Altalis Ltd. is the designated agent of Alberta Data Partnerships Ltd. (ADP) who provides the monthly update of the Town shape file to Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, if there are changes commencing Nov. 2005.
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DISTRIBUTION INFO:

Distribution: Distribution format: Format: Name: File Geodatabase Version: 3.0 Specification: FGDB File decompression technique: ZIP Distribution format: Format: Name: Shapefile Version: 3.0 Specification: SHP File decompression technique: ZIP Distributor: Distributor: Distributor contact: Responsible party: Organisation name: Altalis Ltd. Contact info: Contact: Phone: Telephone: Voice: 4037163490 Facsimile: 4037163494 Address: Address: Delivery point: Suite 1550, 635 - 8 Avenue SW City: Calgary Administrative area: Alberta Postal code: T2P 3M3 Country: Country: CA Electronic mail address: support@altalis.com Hours of service: 08:00 to 16:30 Monday to Friday Contact instructions: The layer is a part of the Base Features product which can be accessed and downloaded via the Open Data option from Altalis: https://www.altalis.com/ Role: Role code: distributor Transfer options: Digital transfer options: Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://geospatial.alberta.ca/titan/rest/services/boundaries/municipal_communities_public/MapServer Protocol: REST Name: boundaries/municipal_communities_public (Map Server) Description: Esri map service containing populated places in Alberta Function: Online function code: webService Online: Online Resource: Linkage: URL: https://geospatial.alberta.ca/portal/home/item.html?id=24c8aa099c5b470c8da41afcb72bfac4 Protocol: HTTPS Name: Communities Description: Esri map service portal page with linkage to Esri feature service and open web map service (WMS) Function: Online function code: information
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Data quality info:

Data quality: Scope: Scope: Hierarchy level: Scope code: dataset Lineage: Lineage: Statement: Source data was ADP Municipal Boundary Town shapefile as part of a zip file delivered to Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta monthly that contains shapefiles of all municipality types maintained by Altalis. Process step: Process step: Description: Base Features initial compilation Date and time: 2001-06-01T00:00:00 Processor: Responsible party: Organisation name: Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta Position name: Provincial Geospatial Centre Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Electronic mail address: AEP.GDAMetadata@gov.ab.ca Role: Role code: processor Process step: Process step: Description: Source data was ADP Municipal Boundary Town shape file. Names were populated according to the Base Features Geoadministrative Areas specification standard. Nanton, Stettler and Wembley had intersection issues which did not get loaded. As there were no boundary update differences since last Base Features Town version, and as a quick workaround, these 3 towns were taken out from the previous departmental Alberta Data Partnerships Town layer and loaded into Town shape layer. As these 3 towns were compiled to the Base Features Geoadministrative Areas specification standard, and thus had slight geometric variation from the most recent boundary representation in the ADP Town shipment. Date and time: 2005-11-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: The latest MS Excel spreadsheet of the Municipal Codes is downloaded from the Alberta Municipal Affairs website and converted to dBase III format. The Town table (TOWN_NAME and TOWN_CODE) of the Base Features Geoadministrative Areas Specification, is updated according to the Altalis Ltd. Municipal Boundary Change Tracking spreadsheet, and converted from MS Word to dBase III format. The original source Town Shape file received from Altalis is processed to obtain a formatted Shape file preserved with the same original spatial accuracy. A 2nd process is then run to obtain polygons attributed according to the Base Features Geoadministrative Areas Specification Town table standard (i.e. TOWN_NAME and TOWN_CODE). The formatted shape polygon attribute values are validated against the Municipal Codes with the TOWN_NAME normalized with upper/lower case according to the Base Features Geoadministrative Areas Specification Town table. Date and time: 2005-11-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Bowden: Annexation of land from County (O.C. 290/2008). Innisfail: Annexation of land from County (O.C. 344/2008). Penhold: Annexation of land from County (O.C. 345/2008). Date and time: 2008-08-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Carstairs: Annexation of land from County (O.C. 402/2008). Okotoks: Annexation of land from county (O.C. 401/2008) Waiting confirmation on the NE15-20-29-4. Date and time: 2008-10-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Source data was March 2009 ADP Municipal Boundary Town shape file. Blackfalds: Boundary change due to annexation (O.C. 102/2009). Didsbury: Boundary change due to annexation (O.C. 17/2009). Lamont: Boundary change due to annexation (O.C. 16/2009). Redcliff: Boundary change due to annexation (O.C. 15/2009). Sexsmith: Boundary change due to annexation (O.C. 14/2009). Date and time: 2009-03-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Source data was May 2009 ADP municipal Boundary Town shape file. Chestermere: Boundary change due to annexation (O.C. 130/2009). Date and time: 2009-05-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Coalhurst: Boundary modification due to annexation (O.C. 564/2009) Date and time: 2009-07-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Nanton: Modification to boundary (O.C. not available) Date and time: 2009-07-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Black Diamond: Correction of boundary. Fairview: Annexation of land (O.C. 444/2009). Hinton: Annexation of land (O.C. 441/2009). Pincher Creek: Annexation of land (O.C. 442/2009). Raymond: Annexation of land (O.C. 221/2009). Date and time: 2009-10-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Tolfield: Boundary modification due to annexation (O.C. 443/2009). Date and time: 2010-01-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Crossfield: Boundary change due to annexation (O.C. 188/2010). Strathmore: Boundary change due to annexation (O.C. 135/2010) and correction to include N.W. ¼ Sec 10-24-25-4. Hanna: Annexation boundary change (O.C. 228/2010). St. Paul: Annexation boundary change (O.C. 226/2010) & correction of linework. Sundre: Annexation boundary change (O.C. 224/2010). Bonnyville: Correction of linework. Vermillion: Correction of linework. Date and time: 2010-08-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Lacombe: Status changed to city (O.C. 223/2010 Currency 20100714). Stettler: Boundary change due to annexation (O.C. 276/2010 Currency 20100910). Date and time: 2010-11-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Bruderheim: Annexation boundary change (O.C. 402/2010). Date and time: 2011-02-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Killam: Annexation of land. Date and time: 2011-04-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Ponoka: annexation (O.C. 124/2011); St. Paul: annexation (O.C. 191/2011). Strathmore: land removed (O.C. 126/2011) Date and time: 2011-06-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Drayton Valley (O.C. 476/2011 Dec. 1, 2011) - Annexation. High River (O.C. 464/2011 Nov. 24, 2011) - Annexation. Hinton (O.C. 477/2011 Dec. 1, 2011) - Boundary change: Land separated from the town & annexed to Yellowhead County. Date and time: 2012-02-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Peace River - annexation (O.C. 10/2012 Jan. 20, 2012) Date and time: 2012-04-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Peace River: Annexation (O.C. 100/2012 March 15, 2012), St. Paul: Annexation (O.C. 134/2012 March 22, 2012), Sundre: Correction (O.C. 224/2010 July 14, 2010). Date and time: 2012-05-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Drayton Valley - annexation (O.C. 176/2012 May 312, 2012) Date and time: 2012-07-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Magrath - annexation (O.C. 212/2012 June 21, 2012) Date and time: 2012-08-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Atthabasca - annexation (O.C. 182/2007) Date and time: 2013-07-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Stavely - Annexation (O.C. 197/2013). Three Hills - Annexation (O.C. 229/2013). Date and time: 2013-09-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Wainwright - Annexation (O.C. 140/2014) Date and time: 2014-05-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Town of Chestermere changed to the City of Chestermere effective January 1, 2015 (O.C. 499/2014 December 19, 2014) Date and time: 2015-02-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Devon - Annexation of land (O.C. 115/2015 March 27, 2015) Date and time: 2015-06-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Sylvan Lake - Annexation of land (O.C. 20/2016 Feb. 2, 2016) Date and time: 2016-03-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Coalhurst - Annexation of land (O.C. 54/2016 March 8, 2016) Date and time: 2016-05-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Peace River - Take out vertices and snapped boundary lines/arcs Date and time: 2016-08-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Claresholm - Annexation (O.C. 4/2017 Jan 11, 2017). Thorsby - Name change from village to town (O.C. 344/2016 Dec. 13, 2016). Three Hills - Boundary correction. Date and time: 2017-03-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Beaumont - Annexation (O.C. 302/2016 Nov. 22, 2016. Effective January 1, 2017). Raymond - Annexation (O.C. 219/2016 July 13, 2016) Date and time: 2017-05-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Morinville - Boundary update. Took out a piece of extra road along the west side of the boundary. Okotos - Annexation (O.C. 199/20117 June 13, 2017). Date and time: 2017-09-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Bruderheim - Annexation (O.C. 260/2017 Sept. 14, 2017). Milk River - Land separated from the town and annexed to the County of Warner (O.C. 261/2017 Sept. 14, 2017) Date and time: 2017-11-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Milk River - Annexation (O.C. 263/2017 Sept. 14, 2017) Date and time: 2017-12-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Millet - Annexation (O.C. 442/2017 Dec. 13, 2017) Date and time: 2018-02-13T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Bon Accord - Boundary change (O.C. 32/2018 Feb. 21, 2018) Bowden - Boundary change (O.C. 34/2018 Feb. 21, 2018) Coaldale - Boundary change (O.C. 29/2018 Feb. 21, 2018) Gibbons - Boundary change (O.C. 35/2018 Feb. 21, 2018) Nobleford - From Village to Town (O.C. 28/2018 Feb. 21, 2018) Okotoks - Boundary change (O.C. 30/2018 Feb. 21, 2018) Penhold - Boundary change (O.C. 31/2018 Feb. 21, 2018) Date and time: 2018-04-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Viking - Annexation (O.C. 164/2018 May 29, 2018) Date and time: 2018-08-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Coaldale - Boundary correction Date and time: 2018-11-01T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Updated boundary for The Town of Coaldale (Correction) Date and time: 2018-11-06T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Update City of Beaumont - status change (O.C. 395/2018. Dec 11. 2018) Grande Cache – status change (O.C. 361/2018. Nov 27. 2018) Wainwright – annexation (O.C. 357/2018. Nov 27. 2018) Date and time: 2019-02-13T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Update Town of Cochrane – Annexation (O.C. 115/2019. June 27. 2019) Date and time: 2019-08-19T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Correction - Corrections made in NW-31-10-26-W4M based on (O.C. 10/1989. Jan 12. 1989) and Subdivision Plan 1812040 Date and time: 2019-12-03T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Annexation - Town of Whitecourt - Annexation (O.C. 276/2019. Dec 3. 2019) - Town of Taber - Annexation (O.C. 275/2019. Dec 3. 2019) Date and time: 2020-01-06T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Update - Town of Granum - Dissolve Town of Granum into MD of Willow Creek (O.C. 17/2020. Feb 1. 2020) - Town of Black Diamond - Annexation (O.C. 15/2020. Jan 28. 2020) - Town of Banff - Boundary change for Town of Banff revert boundary back to 1999 plan 88090CLSRAB (O.C. 275/2019. Dec 3. 2019) Date and time: 2020-04-08T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Corrections - Corrections were made to Town of Taber to account for road widening shown in plan 151 3422 Date and time: 2020-07-03T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Annexation - Town of Picture Butte annexed parts of NW 1/4 Sec. 2-11-21-W4M (O.C. 171/2020. Jun 03. 2020) Corrections - Town of Black Diamond (O.C. 15/2020. Jan 28. 2020) Date and time: 2020-08-17T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Correction - Picture Butte did not follow cadastral lines exactly - Black Diamond - repair gaps with town of Turner Valley following ATS grids Date and time: 2020-08-28T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Correct the Town of Black Diamond to follow Plans 5503EH & 2893FT Date and time: 2020-09-03T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Annexation - Town of High River (O.C. 380/2020. Dec 09. 2020) - Town of Oyen (O.C. 382/2020. Dec 09. 2020) - Town of Claresholm (O.C. 383/2020. Dec 09. 2020) Date and time: 2021-02-08T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Correction - Town of High River (O.C. 380/2020. Dec 09. 2020) Corrections to include Plan 961 0847 Date and time: 2021-03-08T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Annexation - Town of Olds annex NW and E parts of Sec.4-33-1-W5M (O.C. 361/2021. Dec 08. 2021) Date and time: 2022-01-05T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Correction - Town of High River (O.C. 380/2020. Dec 09. 2020) Corrections made to include road allowance east of SE36-18-29-W4M. Date and time: 2022-03-04T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Amalgamation - the Town of Black Diamond and the Town of Turner Valley to form the Town of Diamond Valley (O.C. 156/2022; May 25, 2022) Update - boundary for the Town of Fox Creek (O.C. 405/2022; Dec. 14, 2022) Date and time: 2023-01-04T00:00:00 Process step: Process step: Description: Annexation - Claresholm from the municipal district of Willow Creek No. 26 (O.C. 213/2023. Nov 29, 2023) Date and time: 2024-01-10T00:00:00 Source: Source: Description: Produced by Alberta Data Partnership on behalf of Government of Alberta Source citation: Citation: Title: Town.shp Date: Date: Date: 2023-01-04 Date type: Date type code: publication Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Altalis Ltd. Contact info: Contact: Address: Address: Delivery point: Calgary, Alberta Role: Role code: publisher Cited responsible party: Responsible party: Organisation name: Altalis Ltd. Role: Role code: originator Other citation details: Town.shp is part of a zip file delivered to Alberta Environment and Protected Areas, Government of Alberta monthly that contains shapefiles of all municipality types maintained by Altalis.
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Metadata maintenance:

Maintenance information: Maintenance and update frequency: Maintenance frequency code: asNeeded
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