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In Québec, Canada

The place=* key must still be used first (with its value in English as documented), but it uses a generic classification, valid worldwide for all places in OSM data: it is mostly based on population, independantly of countries and local legislation and status.

The place:fr key however is also used in addition to the place=* key in Quebec, Canada (notably in the Laurentides region) for its municipalities, in order to document the local political type of entity, independantly of its population.

The official French name for the type of municipality is used, according to those listed in the official Répertoire des municipalités (Directory of Municipalities) from the Ministère des Affaires municipales et Occupation du territoire du Québec (Ministry of Municipal affairs and Territorial settlements of Quebec):

Other possible values found in the Répertoire:

  • place:fr=cantons unis (united cantons)
  • place:fr=réserve indienne (indian reserve)
  • place:fr=territoire non organisé (unorganized territory)
  • place:fr=secteur (sector), for subdivisions of large cities, or for former municipalities that have been merged.

For the generic OSM classification of places in English, the following logic is used:

  • place=city for large cities ("villes") with a population of 100,000 inhabitants or more.
  • place=town for smaller cities ("villes") with a population of less than 100,000 inhabitants.
  • place=village for the other municipalities ("municipalités", "villages" or "paroisses").
  • place=suburb for "secteurs" (sectors of cities, or former municipalities that have been merged).

See also