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Geographical names in Canada

Access the Canadian Geographical Names Database, find guidelines for proposing a geographical name, and learn about geographical terms and the origins of Canadian place names.

Geographical Names Board of Canada

History of the board, its role, plan and members’ contact information

Indigenous Place Names

Indigenous geographical names data, adoption of Indigenous place names, Stories from the Land interactive map

Canadian Geographical Names Database

Maps, databases, and search tools for current and former official geographical names

Propose a geographical name

Submit a proposal to approve or change a geographical name, number of name changes

Origins of Canada’s Geographical Names

Origins of the names of Canada’s provinces, territories, and capital cities, geographical terms, translating

Derogatory geographical names

Updating place names to represent Canadians’ values

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