What's New

2010 Land Cover of Canada – Landsat-7, 30-metre resolution now available!

November 13, 2018

The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) at Natural Resources Canada produced this new high-resolution dataset of Canada’s 19 land cover classes from 13,350 Landsat-7 satellite images taken between 2009 and 2011 for cloud- and snow-free national coverage. The 30-metre resolution of the dataset will help improve the accuracy of local and regional-scale analyses and applications.

 
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Map showing 2010 Land Cover of Canada produced by Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) using 13,350 Landsat-7 satellite images.

 

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Access to Web Services and download data from Open Government Portal

About 2010 Land Cover of Canada

CCRS produced 2010 Land Cover of Canada as part of the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC) North American Land Change Monitoring System (NALCMS) in partnership with the United States and Mexico. The continental and national datasets will provide baselines for refreshed 30-metre resolution land cover datasets of North America and Canada every five years.

CanVec: Update is Now Available!

October 2, 2018

This CanVec release includes the following updates:

  • Update of toponyms (entity and attribute)
  • Correction of 9 discrepancies for datasets and metadata

For more information, please refer to the CanVec - Release Note (accessible version).

Access CanVec data as prepackaged files through the FTP site, or by defining a custom area for downloading through the Geospatial Data Extraction tool.

High-Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) generated from LiDAR – New data available!

July 31, 2018

This new release of the High Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) product covers approximately 50,000 km2 of new territory and includes areas in Ontario, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Saskatchewan and British Columbia. This new coverage includes the cities of Burnaby, Surrey, Regina, London, Windsor (ON), Kingston, Waterloo, Peterborough, Belleville, Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Granby and Saint John (NB).

Updates and corrections were also made for 13 previously published projects, including the cities of Montreal and Vancouver.

National Elevation Data Strategy Status in Canada as of July 2018
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This map represents the National Elevation Data Strategy Status in Canada as of July 2018. The Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation has created this map.

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You can download HRDEM data from the Open Government Portal. Use one of the following options to view the current inventory and to download datasets: "View on Map", "Project Footprints" or "Dataset Footprints", in KML, Shapefile or ESRI REST formats.

For more information on the HRDEM product, consult the Product Specifications.

About the National Elevation Data Strategy

The National Elevation Data Strategy, implemented by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), aims to increase high-resolution elevation data coverage for Canada and improve accessibility to the products. Collaboration is a key factor to the success of the Strategy. Data is thus acquired by multiple projects from different partners. The HRDEM product is part of the CanElevation Series created in support of the National Elevation Data Strategy.

National Hydro Network (NHN) - 212 new watersheds (WS)

July 11, 2018

Summary : Publication of 212 NHN datasets including: 186 NHN-CL3 watersheds and 26 NHN-CL2 watersheds. With the publication of these new watersheds, nearly 15% of watersheds covering Canada has been improved, allowing better analysis of hydrological networks.

Details:

As part of the project “Lake Winnipeg Basin Initiative”  watershed 05OF000 has been updated using orthophotos and imageries. This is the first out of 5 watersheds that will be completed in the coming years.

113 watersheds in NHN-CL2, NHN-CL3 or NHN-CL4 were produced to correct anomalies.

Furthermore, in maintenance effort, 98 watersheds were regenerated following watershed limits redefinitions.

For more information, please refer to the National Hydro Network (NHN) -  Release Notes.

Maintaining NHN work is done as part of the GeoBase Surface Water Program (GeEAU).

CanMatrix – Georeferenced, CanMatrix – Print Ready and CanTopo collections are now available under one folder!

June 27, 2018

To facilitate search of our archived topographic raster maps, the CanMatrix - Georeferenced, CanMatrix - Ready to Print and CanTopo collections have been grouped under the following directory: http://ftp.geogratis.gc.ca/pub/nrcan_rncan/raster/topographic/.

Here you will find the 6 scales available: 25k, 50k, 125k, 250k, 500k and 1M. This new directory structure allows you to quickly find all the editions/versions/formats available for a specific NTS file. The HTML index has been modified and there is a Readme in the documentation directory ".doc" on the FTP site to explain the new file nomenclature.

Please update your links as soon as possible.

High-Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) in the Canadian Arctic – New data available!

April 12, 2018

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is proud to announce a new release of the High Resolution Digital Elevation Model (HRDEM) product for the Canadian Arctic! This new data covers nearly 3 million km² north of the 60th parallel. The data comes from the ArcticDEM project which aims to provide high-resolution digital surface models for all the Arctic regions of the planet. NRCan applied corrections and improvements to the data when possible.

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This image represents the National Elevation Data Strategy Status in Canada as of April 2018. The image consists of a map of Canada with the coverage of the HRDEM (High-Resolution Digital Elevation Model) files. The North of the 60th parallel the HRDEM area is in blue (80% of the territory) and the south of the 60th parallel the regions covered by HRDEM files are in green (4% of the territory), mostly concentrated in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The Canada Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation has created this map.

Explore the data!

You can download the HRDEM data from the Open Government Portal. Use one of the following options to view the current inventory and to download datasets: "View on Map", "Project Footprints" or "Dataset Footprints", in KML, Shapefile or ESRI REST formats.

The level of details of this new data represents a significant advance if compare to the previous elevation products and, at the same time, offers great potential for the study of northern Canada.

For more information on this new data and the improvements that were performed, please consult the Product Specifications.

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This image compares the CDEM (Canadian Digital Elevation Model) product on the left with the new ArcticDEM product on the right. The level of details is much more accurate with the ArcticDEM product.

Comparison between the CDEM product (left) and the new ArcticDEM product (right)

About the National Elevation Data Strategy

The National Elevation Data Strategy, implemented by NRCan, aims to increase Canada high-resolution elevation data coverage for Canada and improve accessibility to the products. Collaboration is a key factor to the success of the Strategy. Data is acquire by multiple projects from different partners. The HRDEM product is part of the CanElevation Series created in support of the National Elevation Data Strategy.

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