Mission and Strategy

North Hatley, QC. 2014 Flood

The GeoBase Surface Water Program (GeEAU) of the Canadian Centre for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO) supports the Federal Government by deploying its capabilities and resources in support of the Government of Canada’s priority issues, including the management of our water resources.

Twenty percent of the world’s freshwater resources are in Canada. Through our work, Canadians can access data, tools and expertise to ensure its optimal management. We contribute to environmental issues (climate change mitigation, environmental assessments and cumulative effects) and public safety (response to hazardous material spills).

We are the provider of geospatial freshwater surface data in Canada, and our data is the backbone to which all other components of the freshwater cycle are linked, all this with the goal of supporting the community of people interested in water management related issues.

Our hydrographic data (lakes, rivers, etc.) cover all of Canada.

Overview of our data

Our offer includes:

  • Data
  • Systems
  • Expertise
  • Integrated and innovative Geospatial services

This data should be exhaustive and up-to-date. We work continuously to provide structured data in order to allow analysis for specialists and, ultimately, for citizens.

We complete our offer with the development of online visualization and analysis services.
We maximize our contribution by focusing on collaboration, the use of cutting-edge technology and compliance with international standards.

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Map of Canada showing the distribution of surface water using a percentage scale. Included in the calculation: lakes and major rivers. Excluded from the calculation: small rivers, glaciers and wetlands