The only extra program the script uses is GDAL. So I had to make sure GDAL/ogr2ogr was installed on my Ubuntu machine.
This script was actually my first Bash Script ever (not the batch downloader). It has a lot of bad practices that I have improved on since then, but in its current form works!
I will update the script once I get all my stuff settled into my place (moving...)
It will start by asking you for a workspace where it can create a folder called 'shp' and some subfolders: pt, ln and ply.
The zip file contents are then extracted to the shp folder.
Only the required shapefile parts are unzipped: .shp, .shx, .dbf, .prj
The script ignores the metadata or other unnecessary files for this process..
The shapefiles are then analyzed quickly for some feedback.
A single shapefile from each CanVec category is placed into a folder: pt, ln, ply
ogr2ogr requires a source shapefile to merge all other similar shapefiles to.
Source shapfiles are then appropriately renamed and the batch merging begins!