Geospatial Data Guides

The Academic Data Center currently has access to a wealth of geospatial data, ranging from detailed local data to worldwide geospatial resources. Some data are downloadable online while others need to be requested at the ADC.

The following pages outline frequently-requested geospatial datasets by geographic region. Detailed information on data format, scale, time period, and access is also provided.

Other Provinces/Territories

If need help finding and using geospatial data please do not hesitate to visit us during our walk-in hours or contact us at

Popular External Online Resources 

  • Scholars GeoPortal: a new geospatial data discovery tool provides search, preview, query, download and sharing functionality for a growing selection of geospatial datasets licensed by Ontario university libraries, covering such topics as land use, transportation networks, census boundaries, geology, soils, points of interest (such as schools, airports, and golf courses), imagery, and more. The current collections are from Statistics Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and DMTI Spatial Incorporated. Datasets are continually being added to the GeoPortal from these sources.
  • Equinox: data extraction service at the University of Western Ontario. including public data such as Statistics Canada Census as well as licensed data from DMTI Spatial Incorporated, Data Liberation Initiative (DLI) and Ontario Geospatial Data Exchange (OGDE) etc.  Equinox is being discontinued as of December 2014. For data formerly accessed via Equinox, use Scholars GeoPortal.
  • GeoBase: seamless Canadian data including administrative boundaries, digital elevation data, geodetic network, geographic names, land cover, national hydro network, national road network and satellite imagery. GeoBase is being discontinued by the end of December 2014. For data formerly accessed via GeoBase, use GeoGratis.
  • GeoGratis: a wealth of vector/raster/tabular data distributed by Nature Resources Canada, such as the Atlas of Canada, National Topographic Database, land cover/land use data, Canadian digital elevation data, and satellite imagery etc.
  • GeoConnections Discovery Portal: one-stop web access to Canadian geospatial datasets. It allows you to search for a wide variety of data by subject and location.
  • Open Data Pilot Project: search and access open data released by the Canadian federal government.

Data Use Restrictions

Most of the datasets are available to University of Windsor students, faculty and staff for academic research or teaching purpose through various licensing agreements with the federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as private companies. Online access to these licensed data may require user authentication (i.e., UWin ID and password). If these licensed data are requested in person at the Academic Data Center, you will be required to sign a data release agreement form before the data can be released.

Geospatial Search Box