Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (OMNR): Digital Elevation Model (DEM)


Received from the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, these data packages provide digital elevation models (DEMs) for Southern Ontario and parts of the northeast and northwest of Ontario. These DEMs and come from the the following data packages:

  • Greater Toronto Area                                                                    (GTA 2002) (5 metre resolution)                     
  • Central Ontario Orthophotography Project                            (COOP 2016) (2 metre resolution)
  • Digital Raster Acquisition Project East                                (DRAPE 2014) (2 metre resolution)
  • North West Ontario Orthophotography Project                    (NWOOP 2017) (2 metre resolution)
  • South Central Ontario Orthoimagery Project                        (SCOOP 2013) (2 metre resolution)
  • South Western Ontario Orthoimagery Project                     (SWOOP 2015) (2 metre resolution)

Click on map to open in Google Earth

DEM extent

KMZ files (showing indexes) open in Google Earth:

Spatial reference and data type

These data are available in geographic co-ordinates; horizontal datum is North American Datum (NAD) 83, UTM zone 17N. These rasters are stored as 1km square tiles. Other data formats can be accommodated as the Geospatial Centre has access to a number of conversion utilities.

Data access

In order to access these data sets, please visit the Geospatial Centre reference desk during regular reference hours. Library reference staff are available to provide further information about these data sets and to deliver data upon request. Under the terms of the library's license agreement, these data sets are for the exclusive use of the students, faculty and staff at the University of Waterloo, and may be used for educational/academic purposes only.

Data manipulation

There are public workstations in the Geospatial Centre that provide access to ArcGIS software programs, program extensions and data manipulation utilities. Patrons may use the Geographic Information System (GIS) software in the library to view and manipulate the data. UWaterloo faculty, students and staff may copy these data to other media (for example: CD, DVD or Zip disc) for use elsewhere.

Data output

These data may be exported from ArcGIS in a choice of bitmapped formats (also known as raster graphics) including JPG, TIFF, GIF, and BMP or in a choice of vector graphics formats including Adobe Illustrator (AI), Encapsulated Postscript (EPS), and Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG). Yet another option is PDF. Patrons may use the library's printer to print map views or tabular views of the data.

Use restrictions/ licensing/ copyright

These data are provided for personal use for academic, research, and/or teaching purposes. A data release agreement must be agreed to before these licensed data can be released. The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources must be acknowledged on any derivative product, whether printed or electronic, including for example, a printed map, a raster or vector graphic, a web-based application, etc. Patrons are advised to fully respect the provisions of Canada's Copyright Act as well as terms and conditions imposed by the data provider.


Ministry of Natural Resources [computer file]. Toronto, Ontario: The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, [2002].

Sample view of the data

Greater Toronto Area (GTA), Digital Elevation Model (DEM) 2002