The Electronic Submission Framework (ESF) allows clients of the
Ministry of Forests and Range (MoFR) and Ministry of Agriculture
and Lands to submit data electronically.
ESF supports submissions for the applications contained on the
An electronic submission is received as an Extensible Markup
Language (XML) document and allows both attribute and spatial data
to be submitted in a single file. Spatial data is embedded using
Geography Markup Language (GML).
The structure of the submitted document is validated by
verification with appropriate (submission-specific) XML schema. A
schema is similar to the schema of a database; both dictate the
types, sizes and mandatory fields of a record. Like a database, an
XML document can contain many records.
To make a submission, clients log on to the ESF website and
upload an XML document. If the document does not pass the schema
validation, the user is notified on upload. Once validated, the
document is passed to the appropriate system, where detailed
business rules are applied. If the business rules fail, a message
is returned, requiring the client to fix and resubmit the data. For some
submissions the user has the option of viewing the map before sending the
submission for processing.
Please see the
ESF Overview guide
for information on making successful ESF