GIS Training offered at Canadian Colleges and Universities

[page updated June 11, 2017]

GIS Training - GIS Graduation

The ever evolving Canadian Geomatics Industry has lead to increased demands for specialized GIS training, and Canada has remained in top of the leading GIS education providers for many years. This page was created on the site a number of years back to highlight some of the best Colleges and Universities in Canada that offer GIS related programs. Along with the list of the various GIS education programs offered in Canada, there is also an web map that spatially displays these schools as well.

The list obviously does not contain all the programs that exist in Canada, so I have decided to work on updating it for the new year, so if you know of one that is missing from the list or have any corrections to an existing one that I already have listed then please let me know about them.

You can browse the  various  postings about Canadian GIS training from Colleges and Universities for more details, browse by Category or also also search with thesearch tools on the right hand side.

GIS Training at Colleges and Universities


University of Calgary – Courses Masters in GIS

NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology GIS Certificate) – Geographic Information Systems Technology Certificate program

British Columbia

British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT)GIS Training - Computer GIS – GIS Advanced Diploma Program

Vancouver Island University – Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications (offered as a 16 month Online or an 8 month In-Class program). Offers an Online GIS Education

Selkirk College – Offers two programs, an Advanced Diploma program and the BGIS program.

Simon Fraser University – Certificate in Spatial Information Systems / Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geographic Information Science

Trinity Western University – Department of Geography


Carleton University – The department of Geography and Environmental StudiesGIS Training at Colleges and Universities

GIS Graduate Certificate Program at Fanshawe College School of Design


GIS Certificate program at Queen’s University

Humber College – Offers an Online GIS Education

Ryerson University – Ryerson University offers a number of various options to people who want to pursue a Geomatics career with several programs witch I cover here briefly at

Fanshawe College – GIS Graduate Certificate Program & a GIS / Urban Planning Diploma.

Fleming College – Post Graduate GIS Program.

Mohawk College – two year Urban and Regional Planning Technician diploma with specializations in GIS

Niagara College – one year GIS Certificate program

Queens – GIS Certificate program

University of Western Ontario – Department of Geography

Wilfrid Laurier University – Department of Geography

Algonquin  – Geographic Information Systems certificate program

Trent University – Degrees with a specialization in GIS are offered either as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Sault College of Applied Technology Post Grad GIS Program – A strong emphasis is placed on teaching the fundamentals and theory of GIS with a focus on hands-on training

New Brunswck

University of New Brunswick – Department of Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering

NBCC – GIS Advanced Diploma

Nova Scotia

Center of Geographical Sciences (COGS) – one of the largest technical trainers in the Geomatics field in Canada with programs in Surveying, Marine Geomatics, GIS, LIDAR and Remote Sensing

Geographic Information Science Certificate program at Dalhousie University

Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) – One of the leading sources of LIDAR education in Canada

Acadia University – Master of Science in Applied Geomatics program


Université Laval Department of Geomatics Sciences


SIAST GIS Certificate is a Geographic Information Science

University of Saskatchewan – Department of Geography & Planning – Undergrad and graduate courses with a co-op
program option


Red River College – The program emphasizes understanding of the basic GIS concepts and technology as opposed to training operators of specific software products.

Assiniboine Community College – Offers an Online GIS Education


Memorial (MUN) – The diploma program in Geographic Information Sciences (GISciences) at Memorial is an intense 30 credit program

College of the North Atlantic – Geomatics Technician Diploma

Online GIS Programs

Humber College – Offers an Online GIS Education

[Originally published July 2010]

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46 replies
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  2. admin says:

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  3. Nandish L says:

    I am a Forest officer from India , I would like to Know about details of GIS Master degree Progm in different Universities of Canada

  4. Anic says:

    There are so many of us from Africa looking to benefit from an affordable online MSc degree in GIS. Please help me.

  5. mohamed says:

    peace from Allah
    I want to learn about GIS and I need material to study it
    I am in computer science faculty

  6. Ian Parfitt says:

    Selkirk College, in BC’s Kootenay Region, has an Advanced Diploma in GIS and a Bachelor Degree in GIS. If you are interested in living and working in a rural part of Western Canada in particular, then this is the place for you: our co-op partnerships with local governments and businesses help you open the doors.

  7. Ndackson Emmanuel says:

    i am a graduate of Geomatics Engineering from Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Nigeria. i am willing to study and work in Canada.

  8. James says:

    Dear Members

    I would like to know which is the best educational institute which offers a 2 yrs Masters degree course in Geoinformatics in Canada so that i can understand this subject more extensively and comprehensively. I think Geoinformatics includes GIS. Moreover, is there any scholarship program funded fully by any organization for the above mentioned course study. Kindly help. I am very much interested in learning GIS. Currently i am working in a Telecom Co. as a GIS executive, but the scope of knowledge here is limited and no way to grow educationally and career wise.


  9. Jeesie says:

    Thank you for posting the great content…I was looking for something like this…I found it quiet interesting,hopefully you will keep posting such blogs….Keep sharing…

  10. Anvesh says:

    Hello sir., I am Anvesh from India…i am interested to study masters in GIS in canada…due to lack of information i am facing difficulty for proceeding to apply for canadian universities / colleges…will u help me with the information regarding Masters program & also how far PG Diploma’s are useful for an international student to get jobs after our education & all…i want to clarify my queries from a person who knows abt canadian education system like u…i am very much thankful to you if you are willing to provide me the requisite info. waiting for your reply sir…

  11. Anvesh says:

    sir.,please let me know your feedback regarding niagara college & placement opportunities & education system & the accomodation ,living expenses, course fees etc., how far the knowledge of this course will help us to get a job in GIS…Does PG Diploma is a preferrable one for job purposes or masters program having more opportunities…awaiting for your reply sir. i am very much thankful to you if you provide me the early as possible…..

  12. Anvesh says:

    Hello sir., I am Anvesh from India…i am interested to study masters in computer science in canada…due to lack of information i am facing difficulty for proceeding to apply for canadian universities / colleges..will u help me with the information regarding Masters program & also how far PG Diploma’s are useful for an international student to get jobs after our education & all…i want to clarify my queries from a person who knows abt canadian education system like u…i am very much thankful to you if you are willing to provide me the requisite info. waiting for your reply sir.

  13. Michelle says:

    I have been looking into various online certificate programs offered in GIS and there are quite a few schools that offer them. I need to take the course part time as returning to school full time is not an option in my life right now. Mohawk College, Humber College and several others in Ontario offer the certifcate program online. Do you know which online program is best or do some have a higher reputation?

    Thank you very much for any assistance you can offer me.

  14. Dave says:

    Hi I was just wondering if Mohawk college’s gis program was as good as Humber college’s in Ontario?

  15. Riddhesh Thakare says:

    i want to do study in GIS in canada. i m in My last year of graduation… please I request you to suggest Me the best and good univercity or College for My master degree in GIS..!! please be Fast…Please….

  16. sharif says:

    hi dear sir ,i am from Afghanistan and i have BSc of engineering and now i want get my master degree on GIS filed can u help me please i do not know how to apply and what is the process ,if it is online it will be best for me

  17. Martin Kodjo says:

    I am looking for an institution where i can came for a three to four (3-4) weeks training in GIS and its software. can you please recommend any institution that organises short courses in GIS.

  18. Abhishek Mishra says:

    respected sir
    i have completed my graduation in main subject Geography.
    i will doing now PG Diploma gis and rs application, could i eligible for Canada..
    please inform me.

  19. Andrew says:

    Just wondering if anyone could provide me with some information regarding the GIS program at the University of Western Ontario? I have an Ontario Post Graduate Certificate in GIS from Fanshawe College and have been working in the GIS/Forestry industry in western Canada for a few years now. I would like to complete a degree in GIS and have been looking at the Western program but can’t seem to find any information on whether the program is recognized in the industry. I know Western is renown for quite a few of their programs, is GIS one of them? Any information would be appreciated! Thanks!

  20. richa says:

    dear reader,

    i am a student with subject computer science and geography. and i want to apply for masters in geoinformatics (remote sensing n gis) abroad. kindly let me know the institutes offering these courses

  21. Monirul Islam says:

    Hello Sir, I’m Geographer, Completed graduation from Chittagong University, Bangladesh. My masters Thesis Title is ” Assessment of Drainage Condition & its impact on Environment utilizing GIS & Remote Sensing techniques” -A case study of Chittagong City. So How i Can help from any research article or publication to point out any idea about this research. My second Target is to Study Canadian GIS in Any Canadian university. So how can i help….?…..Reply sir on

  22. safari says:


    I’m a high school teacher from morocco ; i got my master degree in geography i m looking for an interesting diploma of GIS IN CANADA with a very motivated price .FOR two years or less. i have no English test certification as (IELETS OR TOFEL ) is it possible to be admitted with a intermediate level from British- council .

  23. shivam parashari says:

    i want to pursue Phd in GIS/RS or geoinformatics courses and i am very much eager to attempt this course in canada as well bcz GIS work started in canada. currently i am a student in symbiosis institute of geoinformatics which is a part of symbiosis international university.
    can u please provide me information regarding to it.


  24. Yohannes Assefa says:

    Hi- I am looking for an internationally recognized GIS professional certification program. I have five years of practical experiance and masters degree in GIS.


  25. Abdul says:

    pls, i would be interested in knowing the best education institute which offers a 2years Masters degree in GIS in Canada . iam a graduate of Geagraphy and want to further my education with specialty in GIS.As a student , is there any scholarship program funded by any organisation for the above mentioned subject.. thank you as i anticipate your kind advice.

  26. GS says:

    Dear sir,

    I do hold a PGD in GIS and RS with over 5 years pratising, I am looking for a less costly or almost free opotunity for an online Msc in GIS

    Any information on this, i will be most grateful.

  27. Pat S says:

    Ryerson is a great school for GIS top in my picks, amazing labs, free arc software, and a great student atmosphere. The geographic analysis pub nights tumph all

  28. kianoosh says:

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