This data resource consists of irregularly-spaced elevation points for the City of Kitchener. This data can be used to create 3 dimensional surfaces for use in elevation and ground surface studies. This data is provided by the City of Kitchener as a series of tiles. An index to these tiles is provided below. Available years: 2011, 2013, and from Ministry of Natural Resources, 2015. 

Index to the City of Kitchener digital elevation model

Spatial reference and data type

This data set is 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. Please see the Geospatial Centre's guide to Converting Digital Elevation Models (DEM) (Word) for a brief outline on how to use this data is ArcView and ArcGIS.

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 both ArcGIS and ArcView 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. Waterloo faculty, students and staff may copy these data for use elsewhere.

Data output

This 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 Kitchener 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 Kitchener Digital Elevation Model [computer file]. Kitchener, Ontario: City of Kitchener Department of Information Services, [2003].

Sample view of the data

Kitchener DEM of Victoria Park