This vector data resource provides topographic, planning, and recreation information for the area encompassed by the City of Kitchener. These data are provided by the City of Kitchener and most are updated annually. Data coverages are for the period 1997-2020.

Included are the following coverages:

  • Address points
  • Bikeways
  • Boundaries (ward, city)
  • Bridges (Ontario Structure Inspection manual)
  • Building footprints (and general use classification, address)
  • Business directory
  • City boundary
  • City core boundary
  • Community trails
  • Contours (0.5 meter interval)
  • Cultural heritage landscape (active, proposed, under review)
  • Downtown boundaries
  • Edge of Pavement
  • Garbage cans
  • Horticultural bed
  • Hydro corridors
  • Hydro towers
  • Impervious area (non-residential: parking lots, walkways, driveways)
  • Intensification (planning areas)
  • Landmarks
  • Landuse by parcel fabric (agricultural, commercial, industrial, institutional, mixed use, open space, recreational, residential, row, utility).
  • Municipality boundary
  • Neighbourhood associations
  • Parks
  • Pavement edge
  • Planning communities
  • Planning intensification areas
  • Property dots
  • Property unit location (base, vertical, horizontal)
  • Railways
  • Road island and segments
  • Sanitation bins
  • Sewer (sanitary manholes, pipes, plugs, stubs and pumping stations)
  • Sidewalks
  • Single/double line streets
  • Storm water (drainage area, inlets, facility, main pond, outlets, manholes, service pipes, plugs, stubs, leads, catch basins, culvert, bridge, stream reaches)
  • Street addresses
  • Street islands
  • Street lights/poles
  • Trails
  • Tree species
  • Wards (boundary, councillor name)
  • Water (ponds, rivers, service pipes, streams, creeks, culverts/sewer, mains, valves, hydrants)
  • Wetlands
  • Zoning

Spatial reference and data type

These data sets are available in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) zone 17 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. 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 Municipal Data [computer file]. Kitchener, Ontario: The City of Kitchener Department of Information Services, [2020].

Sample view of the data

Peter Hallman Ball Yard - Activa Sportsplex