Posted on June 22, 2023

The Federal Permit System grids are now available in Township Canada

We are excited to announce a significant update to Township Canada – the integration of the Federal Permit System (FPS) survey grids. This update marks a major advancement in how you can navigate and utilize land data, particularly for oil and gas exploration and production activities on federal lands in Canada.

Township Canada FPS Grids

Understanding the FPS Grid System

The Federal Government of Canada employs the FPS grid system to oversee oil and gas exploration and production on federal lands. This system covers areas in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and offshore regions in both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans, as well as Hudson Bay.

The FPS grid system is organized into Grids, Sections, and Units. These grids are delineated with east and west boundaries at intervals of every 10 minutes of latitude and have a longitudinal width of 15 minutes (for areas south of 70 degrees North) that expands to 30 minutes in regions north of 70 degrees North. Each grid is identified by the longitude and latitude coordinates of its northeast corner. For example, a grid at 60-20 N 100-30 W indicates a location in Nunavut, marked by its northeastern coordinates of 60°20'N and 100°30'W. Within each grid, the land is further organized into numbered sections (ranging from 1 to 99) and lettered units (from A to P).

Township Canada now enables you to locate FPS-based legal land descriptions with ease, using three distinct formats:

  1. Grid Format: for example, 60-20 N 100-30 W.
  2. Section Grid Format: for example, 48 60-20 N 100-30 W.
  3. Unit Section Grid Format: for example, F 48 60-20 N 100-30 W.

This integration significantly improves the accuracy and efficiency of locating and managing land in these federally regulated areas. Whether you're in the oil and gas sector, land management, or research, these FPS grids will provide you with the detailed data necessary for your projects.

Locating FPS-based legal land descriptions

Explore FPS grids on Township Canada

We encourage you to explore this new feature and see how it can help you in your work. If you're new to Township Canada, you can sign up for free to experience the FPS grids and other features firsthand. If you're already a user, you can start using the FPS grids right away. If you have any questions or feedback, please don't hesitate to contact us.