Also available through Scholars GeoPortal, this vector data resource provides topographic and planning information for the area encompassed by the City of Hamilton.  This includes former cities of Hamilton, Flamborough, Dundas, Ancaster, Stoney Creek and Glanbrook. These 2006 - 2021 datasets were provided to the Geospatial Centre by the City of Hamilton. Updated datasets are available via the Open Hamilton website. 

The library has the following coverages:

  • airport boundary
  • arenas
  • beaches
  • bikeways
  • bus stops
  • business improvement areas
  • building footprints
  • cemeteries
  • city boundaries
  • city play lots
  • city pools
  • college/ universities
  • conservation authorities
  • contours (1 metre)
  • digital terrain model (DTM) (10 metre and 20 metre)
  • Direction arrow
  • election poll boundaries
  • escarpment
  • fire hydrants
  • fire stations
  • golf courses
  • hospitals
  • lakes
  • land use (2016)
  • libraries
  • long term care facilities
  • major lake fill
  • municipal boundaries
  • museums/ galleries
  • neighbourhood boundaries
  • parcels
  • parking lots
  • parks
  • places of worship
  • planning units
  • police stations
  • railways: bridge, line, tunnel
  • recreational community centres
  • Residential care (senior care facilities and retirement homes)
  • rivers
  • road access ramps
  • road intersections
  • roads and road features (i.e. ramps, bridges, tunnels, casings, centre line)
  • schools
  • settlements
  • sewer manhole/ node/ main
  • sewer flow arrows
  • sewer treatment plants
  • shorelines
  • sidewalks
  • trails
  • transit routes
  • transmission lines
  • ward boundaries
  • water hydrants, mains, nodes, valves
  • water mains
  • water reservoirs
  • water storage tanks

Spatial reference and data type

These data sets are available in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) co-ordinates; horizontal datum is North American Datum (NAD) 83. These data are stored as Esri shapefiles. Other data formats can be accommodated, as the Geospatial Centre has access to a number of conversion utilities.

Data access

In order to access this data set, please visit the Geospatial Centre reference desk during 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 use by students, faculty, and staff at the University of Waterloo 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) and image processing 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

An image 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.

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 City of Hamilton 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.


The City of Hamilton Municipal Data [computer file].  Hamilton, Ontario : The City of Hamiltion Department of Information Technology Services, [2016].

Sample view of the data

map shows building footprints and roads around McMaster University