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.

GIS & Geomatics Education

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Geomatics, as a new term 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.

GIS & Geomatics Industry News 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 (CanadianGIS.com), 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.

Canadian GIS & Geomatics Resources

Data & Software

Download Canadian LandSat 7 Images

Download Canadian LandSat Images

Landsat satellites provide us with images created from reflected and emitted energy in a variety of different wavelengths from the electromagnetic spectrum. Unlike earlier versions, Landsats 7 and 8 provide images from the visible spectrum as well as near-infrared, mid-infrared, and thermal-infrared bands

Landsat data for Canadian regions are available for free download. Below you will find links to many Canadian LandSat images.

Newfoundland and Labrador OpenData

Newfoundland and Labrador OpenData

Looking for data sets featuring Newfoundland and Labrador? Then you should check out the Newfoundland and Labrador OpenData. They are providing data in various accessible formats numerical tabular styled files as well as common text formats.

The Ultimate List of GIS Formats

Ultimate List of GIS Formats and Geospatial File Extensions

In a GIS career, a person will encounter a wide range of GIS formats. GIS technicians manage, share and create data in various geospatial data formats. Here is the Ultimate List of GIS Formats & Geospatial File Extensions, some are common while some are not so common.

Canadian Maps

Wheelmap - Wheelchair Accessible Maps

Wheelmap – Wheelchair Accessible Maps

Wheelmap is an online mapping application by a German non-profit association, to help promote wheelchair accessible places (currently more than 550,000 points of interests in eighteen different languages have been added) and allow people to find out if a location is accessible or not.

It is also hoped that with public awareness raised through the use of Wheelmap, that more owners of public buildings will be encouraged to improve their location’s accessibility.

International Space Station

New Interactive Map allows people to Connect with The International Space Station

The Interactive Tweet Map is sort of an inverse idea to the original one, as this one is maps the many locations around the world where people have spotted the International Space Station. The community driven project is open to all and anyone can contribute. Your Tweet will then automatically appear on the map at your location containing your tweet with your info & photo …

Free Canadian GIS Data Sources

Canadian GIS Data Sources [FREE]

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.

We 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).

This comprehensive list of open geospatial data, fee based geospatial data, web mapping applications and cartographic products is a valuable asset to many people (… we get hundreds of emails and requests regarding “Where can I find data for …?”) so we continue to update it with new information and sources of Canadian data sets.

Geomatics Careers and Jobs

Saskatoon

GIS jobs in Saskatoon

Saskatoon is Saskatchewan’s largest city and located in the central part of the province. The economic activity happening in Saskatoon is very hot these days and mostly involved with potash, oil and agriculture, but the Geomatics industry also contributes largely to the economic growth and here we have some of the latest GIS jobs in the Saskatoon area for you.

Jobs in GIS & Geomatics for Canadians [LinkedIn Group]

Jobs in GIS & Geomatics for Canadians

The Jobs in GIS & Geomatics for Canadians group allows members to let others know that they are seeking new employment opportunities or share information about Canadian jobs (links to job sites, links to company career pages, job postings etc.). It is free to join and there are no fees to post your jobs. Employers can post links or short posts about their GIS jobs or geomatics employment opportunities and Job seekers can create posts to allow potential employers that they are seeking work.

So if you are looking for GIS jobs or geomatics employment opportunities or have ones to post then we encourage you to join the group. After all it is free.

GIS jobs in Cargary Alberta

GIS jobs in Calgary

Calgary is Alberta’s largest city and the third largest in Canada, the economic activity happening in Calgary is very hot these days and mostly involved with the petroleum industry, but the Geomatics industry also contributes to Alberta’s economic growth and here we have some of the latest GIS jobs in the Calgary area for you.

Geo Books

ArcMap Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts

ArcMap Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts

Great little presentation providing information for almost all levels of users from beginners to experienced, with topics including: map navigation tips and tricks, keyboard shortcuts, customization, magnifier window, creating symbols, modifying existing symbols, working with map layers, layer files, python scripting and much more.

Many of the shortcuts they mention in the presentation can also be found in this helpful summary document.

ArcGIS Book

The ArcGIS Book

The latest book from the Esri Press series is a comprehensive hands on guide dedicated to the popular ArcGIS software. The ArcGIS Book is a detailed compilation containing new ideas, detailed instructions, large colorful graphics, photos and plenty of diagrams. There are two versions of the book available, a hard copy paper version and a digital PDF version that offers interaction with an accompanying website. Find out how to download the ArcGIS Book free …

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.

Geospatial Resources

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

Geomatics has become a pretty common term in Canada lately and includes many different disciplines such as  geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, cartography, land surveying, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), photogrammetry, geography and other related forms of spatial mapping.

Using acronyms and abbreviations is commonly practiced in the Geomatics industry and most of the time people just assume that everybody else knows what every acronyms and abbreviation stands for. Well that is obviously not the case most of the time and over the years I have created myself a little digital cheat-sheet of geomatics acronyms and abbreviations that I use with my work in my writing.

Here is a large collection of common acronyms and abbreviations that you may when working in the Canadian Geomatics industry.

Free Canadian GIS Data Sources

Canadian GIS Data Sources [FREE]

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.

We 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).

This comprehensive list of open geospatial data, fee based geospatial data, web mapping applications and cartographic products is a valuable asset to many people (… we get hundreds of emails and requests regarding “Where can I find data for …?”) so we continue to update it with new information and sources of Canadian data sets.

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Geomatics Analytical Technician – Working in Canada

Geomatics Analytical Technicians typically have working knowledge with demonstrated experience using GIS software, development of specialized cartography products, and provide support to other GIS users. Want to know what a typical Geomatics Analytical Technician job entails?

Historic Cartography

Online Toronto Historic Maps comparison tool

Online Toronto Historic Maps comparison tool

Recently I discovered an online mapping tool of Toronto that provides users the ability to compare locations in Toronto through various periods of time from 2013 back to 1818. Check out this neat online mapping application that helps promote historic maps of Toronto …

Free Canadian GIS Data Sources

Canadian GIS Data Sources [FREE]

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.

We 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).

This comprehensive list of open geospatial data, fee based geospatial data, web mapping applications and cartographic products is a valuable asset to many people (… we get hundreds of emails and requests regarding “Where can I find data for …?”) so we continue to update it with new information and sources of Canadian data sets.

W. H. Pugsley Collection of Early Canadian Maps (1556 to 1857)

W. H. Pugsley Collection of Early Canadian Maps (1556 to 1857)

In 1971-72 Dr. William Howard Pugsley, donated his collection of early Canadian maps that he had collected during the late 1930s and World War II. Download digital scans of these 50 early Canadian historical maps published between 1556 to 1857 that help explain the discovery and exploration of early North America.

Canadian Geomatics Industry

Download Canadian LandSat 7 Images

Download Canadian LandSat Images

Landsat satellites provide us with images created from reflected and emitted energy in a variety of different wavelengths from the electromagnetic spectrum. Unlike earlier versions, Landsats 7 and 8 provide images from the visible spectrum as well as near-infrared, mid-infrared, and thermal-infrared bands

Landsat data for Canadian regions are available for free download. Below you will find links to many Canadian LandSat images.

Discover How Geomatics is Helping to Shape the World’s Future at the GIM International Summit

Discover How Geomatics is Helping to Shape the World’s Future

Today’s global society is facing considerable challenges, but geomatics holds the answers! That may sound a little immodest, but the inaugural edition of the GIM International Summit, which is being held from 10-12 February in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, will set out to demonstrate that this innovative sector is the key to a brighter future for the world. For the event organizers, one of their top priorities is to highlight to policymakers the huge range of opportunities the geomatics industry offers.

GIS & Geomatics Education

ArcMap Tips, Tricks & Shortcuts

ArcMap Tips, Tricks and Shortcuts

Great little presentation providing information for almost all levels of users from beginners to experienced, with topics including: map navigation tips and tricks, keyboard shortcuts, customization, magnifier window, creating symbols, modifying existing symbols, working with map layers, layer files, python scripting and much more.

Many of the shortcuts they mention in the presentation can also be found in this helpful summary document.

Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competition

Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competition

Are you a University or College student passionate about mapping? Then you will want to participate in the 2015-16 Canadian Cartographic Association Student Mapping Competition. Chances are you have already made some great maps for your projects or course work, so why not submit a copy to the CCA Student Mapping Competition and get recognized for creating your spatial master piece while earning some cash at the same time. Then check this out …

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

Geomatics Acronyms and Abbreviations

Geomatics has become a pretty common term in Canada lately and includes many different disciplines such as  geographic information systems (GIS), remote sensing, cartography, land surveying, global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), photogrammetry, geography and other related forms of spatial mapping.

Using acronyms and abbreviations is commonly practiced in the Geomatics industry and most of the time people just assume that everybody else knows what every acronyms and abbreviation stands for. Well that is obviously not the case most of the time and over the years I have created myself a little digital cheat-sheet of geomatics acronyms and abbreviations that I use with my work in my writing.

Here is a large collection of common acronyms and abbreviations that you may when working in the Canadian Geomatics industry.