Canadian GIS & Geomatics Resources

The Canadian geomatics sector provides geographic based information, products and services to a broader geospatial community to help enable decision making and policy planning. The term “geomatics” first appeared during the 1970s in France but didn't have much significance until it latter appeared in Quebec in 1981, where the term “géomatique” was used, coincidentally without actually knowing of any similar use in France.


This new term (Geomatics) would serve as a broad term that encompassed all geographic related information, methods and tools and was never intended to replace any of the existing disciplines it represented (cartography, surveying, geodesy and photogrammetry).

Using the plural form, also helped indicate that the traditional sciences would continue to exist on their own while sharing a common vision with familiar issues resulting from a new digital era. Now several decades later, the term “geomatics” originally used by Canadians has been adopted worldwide to describe all geographic disciplines.

Canada, is also widely recognized as the birth place of the modern geographic information systems (GIS) thanks to Roger Tomlinson, a visionary geographer, who initiated, planned and directed the development of the Canada Geographic Information System and has been acknowledged world wide as the "Father of GIS".

It therefore only seems fitting that a web site like Canadian GIS & Geomatics (, would become the best place for the geospatial community to find free Canadian geographic information and spatial resources to use with their GIS & Geomatics projects. The Canadian GIS & Geomatics website has been online since 2005 and continues to be one of the best places on the web to find Canadian geographic information and resources. Many things have changed over the years but our main focus has always been on GIS, Canadian Data Sources, Cartography, Geography, Education and the Geomatics Sector.

GIS Data Layers

Canadian Geospatial Data

We promote the use of open data and have listed over 100 sources of data (vectors, rasters, aerial photography, statistical tabular data and much more).

Geomatics Sector News

Geomatics News

The Canadian GIS & Geomatics site reaches out to the geospatial community daily with all the latest news and trends of the geomatics sector. Let us help you deliver your geo news ...

Canadian Geospatial Directory

Canadian Geospatial Directory

Our free Canadian Geospatial Directory now has over 1000 companies and organizations from coast to coast listed and helps people find geospatial product & services in there region.

Canadian GIS & Geomatics Resources

Northern Policy Institute launches ‘North by Numbers’

NorthByNumbers Northern Policy Institute, Northern Ontario’s independent research think tank located in Thunder Bay and Sudbury, has launched a new interactive online mapping application called North by Numbers. Their new interactive data tool can be used to display census data from Northern Ontario on an interactive map.


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Guidelines for Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) Surveying

RTK Over the past decade Real Time Kinematic (RTK) surveying with Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) has become common practice in geomatics. RTK surveying can allow people to achieve relative positioning with centimetre (cm) precision, however there are several important factors that need to be considered and thus a need for a good guide of best practices (equipment calibration, errors, multipath, geometry, etc.).


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The Art of Illustrated Maps

The Art of Illustrated Maps “For the ancients, maps were the most valuable tool in comprehending and conceptualizing the complexities of their planet and the universe.” The Art of Illustrated Maps by John Roman is the first book ever to fully explore conceptual, “illustrated” style mapping. Author, educator and map illustrator John Roman correlates common not-to-scale maps as the “creative non-fiction of cartography,” and in his 208 page book, reveals how and why our minds instinctively accepts the artistic license invoked in creating imaginative maps.


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The Regina Online Culture Map

Regina Online Culture Map Information of various Regina events and activities can now be easily found on their online interactive Culture Web Map. With this neat little tool the city provides information on many of it’s cultural resources. The web map is based on ESRI web server technology and has been looks rather sharp while keeping it as simple as can be so that it appeals to almost everyone.


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Historical Maps of Toronto

Historical Maps of Toronto Historical Maps have existed in libraries & various personal collections for years but thanks to advancement in digital technology and the internet, we have started to see more old maps being shared in the geospatial community. The Historical Maps of Toronto blog provides simple and free access to a large selection of notable historical maps of the Toronto area that have been scanned from collections at the Toronto Library and the Toronto archives.


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New Venture Focuses on Image Processing & the UAS Industry

The GPS Group A group of geospatial veterans have identified the need to address the global commercial UAS/drone mapping market and have formed The GPS Group to meet the needs of this rapidly expanding segment within the geospatial and mapping industry. The GPS Group helps companies who are seeking to add insight and clarity to the geospatial products they develop for themselves and their clients. The GPS Group specializes in custom image processing services for UAV / drone operators who are looking for a higher standard of accuracy for their terrain and orthoimagery products.


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GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam for the GISP Certification

GISCI - GISP Certification The GISCI Geospatial Core Technical Knowledge Exam® is open to all individuals interested in attaining the GIS Professional certification. GISCI will offer the Exam to individuals independent of the application for the portfolio review process. This means that GISP applicants can start the certification process by completing an application and taking the examination any time prior to attaining the professional experience required for the professional portfolio.


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Top 5 Skills for a Successful Career in GIS

Top 5 important GIS skills What are the top 5 important GIS skills that a successful professional in the geomatics sector should have? This 3 part video series presents new ways of thinking about GIS in your career because “skills alone will not guarantee success, but are a fundamental part of it … “


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