Almost any geomatics professional would agree that a major part of any GIS are the data sets involved. Often the data component can be very costly or labor intensive, but it doesn’t always have to be that way, as there are plenty of great resources available that offer free open Canadian data to generate geospatial products with.
Over the past few years CanadianGIS.com has been highlighting and promoting various cities and provinces in Canada that have done a great job providing data and applications to the public.
I created this page a few years ago to collaborate links of all the open geospatial data info (sites that offer data downloads at no cost and without restrictions), fee based geospatial data, online web mapping applications and other great sources of geospatial information (including National, Provincial and Regional levels). I am sure that this comprehensive list of open geospatial data, fee based geospatial data, web mapping applications and cartographic products will be valuable to many of us (as I get hundreds of emails and requests regarding “Where can I find data for …?”) so I continue to update it when I learn of new information and sources of Canadian data sets.