Canadian Vehicle Specifications

The Canadian Vehicle Specifications (CVS) consists of a database of original vehicle dimensions, used primarily in collision investigation and reconstruction, combined with a search engine. The database is compiled annually by the Collision Investigation and Research Division of Transport Canada.

The current release of the software is Version 2024.1, and is available for downloading as the archive file:
To install the program, unzip the files contained in the archive to any folder, then run the program winspecs.exe.

A Help Button has been added at the top right display screen to access the CVS User Guide.

A help file, providing information on program installation and use, plus contact information for reporting bugs and obtaining technical support, is included in the distribution. The installed package includes a Microsoft operating system file msvbvm50.dll, which is required when running Vista or later software.

Note to consultants: The Canadian Vehicle Specifications (CVS) database is compiled annually by Transport Canada.  Transport Canada no longer converts *.csv files to the dBase format *.dbf.  Starting in 2018, all future versions of the CVS database will contain only *.csv files.  Therefore, if required, the end user will need to convert the *.csv files to *.dbf files.