The National Road Network (NRN) is a seamless geospatial vector data containing Canadian road phenomena that provides access to over 1 million kilometres of up-to-date centerline road network data.
The National Hydro Network (NHN) is a seamless geospatial vector data set with attributes that represents Canada’s framework of inland surface waters. It was created from different databases as part of the GeoBase Surface Water Program, to help with flow analysis, watershed management, environmental and hydrographical applications, as well as a multitude of other cartographic applications.
The Federal Government produces and acquires data sets in many different areas including health, agriculture, the environment and natural resources. The Government of Canada launched an open data portal [data.gc.ca] earlier this year as part of Canada’s open government initiative. The portal aims to provide Canadians with a single point of access to find and download government Canadian Geospatial Data sets.
“The goal of the Open Data Portal is to create socioeconomic opportunities and promote informed participation by the public by expanding access to federal government data.”
The site provides the ability to search over 150 Canadian Geospatial Data sets that have been sorted into 18 different categories such as Imagery and Basemaps, Atmosphere and Climate, Cadastral and many more. Data is made available for both non-commercial and commercial uses.
Canadian Geospatial Data
Many of the data sets provided here are still the same data that you would get from other places such as GeoGratis, GeoBase or Natural Resources Canada but here they the Government is trying to be more efficient to its citizens by making it easier for GIS users to find Canadian data sets.
The Canadian open data portal [data.gc.ca] should be one of the sites that you go to when you are looking for Canadian geospatial data for your projects. So good luck in your search, I hope you find the data that you need.
Search for Geospatial Data Sets on the Canadian open data portal: http://open.canada.ca/en
If anybody knows of other good sources of Canadian Geospatial Data Sets, then let me know and I will include the information for others to know more about it.
Many Canadian Provinces, Cities and municipalities have been getting involved in the Open Data Resource Initiative such as the City of Totonto, the City o Edmonton, the Province of New Brunswick and many more.
If you are looking for free open source GIS data sites then we suggest that you make a link to CanadianGIS.com GIS data sources, as we are constantly adding more resources to that page as they become available.
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.