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Recommended starting database

Scholars GeoPortal offers search, preview, query, download and sharing functionality for datasets licensed by Ontario university libraries, covering such topics as land use, transportation networks, census boundaries, geology, soils, points of interest (such as healthcare facilities, schools, and airports), air photos, and more.

Other Resources for Ontario and Sudbury Data

City of Greater Sudbury Open Data Portal : The City of Greater Sudbury : This website provides many downloadable GIS datasets including land use, land reclamation and many more.

Geology Ontario: Ministry of Northern Development, Mines and Forestry: This site provides access to the information holdings of the Ontario Geological Survey. Hundreds of digital products containing field data, geophysical surveys, geochemical analyses and geochronological measurements are available for download.

Ontario GeoHub - Land Information Ontario (LIO) - download a variety of provincial geospatial data including health data, boundaries, plant and animal information and many other datasets.

Ontario Basic Mapping (OBM) - Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF): This website provides an index identifying Ontario Base Map (OBM) map tiles and digital vector data available for each tile. The data and maps cover most of Ontario and contain many features normally found on topographic maps such as relief, hydrography, vegetation and roads. Eastern and Southern Ontario is covered at a scale of 1:10,000 and Northern Ontario is covered at a scale of 1:20,000.

Interactive and Static Maps


Greater Sudbury Maps Online: Greater City of Sudbury: This website provide links to several online interactive and static maps for the Sudbury area. This includes a Colour Ortho-Photography Index, Zoning By-Law Maps and many more


Crown Land Use Policy Atlas: Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources: This interactive mapping browser allows users to view a variety of information including parks, forest management units, and primary land uses. Layers can be added and removed to illustrate the user’s specific area of interest.

Official Road Map of Ontario: Ministry of Transportation: This site contains downloadable official Ontario road maps for each town/city in Ontario.

Make a Topographic mapMinistry of Natural Resources and Forestry : This mapping application has Ontario's best available topographic and imagery data.