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City of Halifax Civic Address Conversion Notice, 1964


In 1958, the former City of Halifax adopted the grid-based 4-digit civic numbering schema that still exists on the Halifax Peninsula. 

Street numbering previously had been ad hoc and new developments required awkward local re-numbering.  The new grid-system imposed a geographic logic to civic numbers that was popular in many North American cities.

Click on the image to view the detailed explanation that was distributed from the Commissioner on Works to all city households.

The re-numbering was phased in over the next few years, as every house was assigned a new number by the end of 1965.

Need to find an old civic address?

Open the City of Halifax Former Civic Address Cross-Reference (1MB pdf)  to convert a current 4-digit civic address to the pre-1960 former civic numbers and vice-versa. 

Thank you to HRM's Civic Addressing unit for compiling and sharing this data. Many historical resources, like property assessment records, building inspection permits and photographs are by civic number, so researchers need to know what the contemporary number was.


Other sources for civic address history:

McAlpine's Halifax City Directories and Might's Halifax-Dartmouth City Directories besides listing people and businesses, the street directories included in these volumes list what was at every address on every street and which ward it is in.  You can also figure out geographically where a particular civic number is as the listing for each street is divided by cross-street and direction.

Halifax street names: an illustrated guide edited by Shelagh Mackenzie with Scott Robson: Formac Publishing, 2002

Halifax street names Lou Collins research file, 1988

History of Halifax Streets (Names)City Clerk's Office file

History of Dartmouth Street Names - available at the Dartmouth Heritage Museum