copyrights their charts and doesn't make them available for free. You can read their stance on it here: CHS - Frequently Asked Questions
, by contrast, there is no barrier to the government
exercising its copyright
, or from earning revenues from such copyright
It's pretty strange, but that's the way they are.
Living in Seattle
I travel Canadian waters quite often. We print charts at the Captain's Nautical (legally required for boats in Canadian waters to have paper charts). I buy a chart pack for western vancouver
island which is pretty reasonable and works with WINDOWS versions of OpenCPN
(requires a special plugin for the encryption).
It's confusing to me that a country with so many thousands of miles of water
chooses to monetize critical navigational information.