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About Us

Canadian federal, provincial and territorial geospatial data providers are working together to bring you GEO.ca—a digital platform where Canadians can discover, access, analyze and map Canada’s vast geospatial data resources. Our mission: To place open geospatial information in the hands of Canadians. The potential: Unlimited, for all.

GEO.ca

Helping Canadians harness the full potential of geospatial data,

GEO.ca is the result of seven years of collaborative effort between federal, provincial and territorial stakeholders, led by Natural Resources Canada, to bring together authoritative data, leading-edge technology and applications, and open-source software, for a whole-of-government solution to geospatial data discovery and sharing. We are:

Providing a simple, coordinated way for federal, provincial and territorial partners to share their open geospatial data with all Canadians.

Collecting and curating a broad range of content in our “geospatial first” catalogue, ensuring the data you need is easily found, and ready to download, map or analyze.

Creating opportunities for collaboration and community within the platform, to spur Canadians to innovation, new connections and evidence-based decision making.

Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI)

GEO.ca is built upon the standards-based technologies and operational policies of Canada’s spatial data infrastructure, the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI). The CGDI’s base of standards, policies, applications and governance facilitates the access, use, integration and preservation of geospatial data and services for all Canadians.

Canadian Council on Geomatics (CCOG)

The Canadian Council on Geomatics (CCOG) also supports GEO.ca through the ongoing collaboration between Natural Resources Canada and all Canadian provinces and territories. A federal/provincial/territorial partnership, CCOG advances Canadian geomatics activities, and facilitate data collection, interoperability and integration between all levels of government, for seamless, standards-based discovery and access to analysis-ready geospatial data.

Open Government

GEO.ca delivers on Canada’s commitment to Open Government: Enabling transparency and accountability through proactive release of government-owned geospatial data and information. GEO.ca fully endorses Canada’s Open Government principles and provides Canada’s Open Data Portal with all its geospatial content. All data found on GEO.ca is free and open: It is available for use by anyone, with minimal restrictions.

All data found on GEO.ca is free and open:
it is available for use by anyone, with minimal restrictions.

The Future of GEO.ca

GEO.ca will continue to grow and evolve. Watch for updates as we continue to change the way we share geospatial information—allowing Canadians to harness its power better and faster than ever before!

Coming soon:

  • Create and curate a collaborative space within GEO.ca using our Communities module
  • Easier and more efficient means for geospatial data producers to share their open geospatial data

Questions? Comments? Ideas?

GEO.ca is committed to open dialogue and community building around location-based issues and topics that matter to you. Want to learn more or get involved?
Want to learn more or get involved?