Due to this vast land mass, CCCM is a regional organization with offices throughout the country representing each region.
Since 1870, CCCM has been maintaining the survey fabric on Canada Lands.
CCCM maintained the data using the different tools in different regions and that remained the status quo for several years.
Prior to the development of the first CCCM reference plan website, the only way that external users were able to view or use CCCM data was either to obtain hard copy plots of the reference plan information (survey fabric) or to purchase the data from CCCM in one of several digital formats.
In 1999, the CCCM Western Regional Operations Centre (WROC) began experimenting with the various web GIS technologies available at the time.
Yukon Regional Operations Centre (YROC) and the Northwest Territories Regional Operations Centre (NROC) created maps to cover the three territories shortly after and this completed the web presence of the CCCM reference plans so there was full coverage for all Canada Lands in the country with the exception of a few small pockets.
These individual maps for the various regions comprise the current edition of the online reference plans which is accessible through the CCCM website listed under references.