This vector data resource provides municipal planning information for the Region of Waterloo. This data is provided by the Region of Waterloo, and consists of coverages for the period of 2001-2021.

Vector data coverages are listed in the table below.

Municipal planning information for the Region of Waterloo

  • Active transportation
  • Address points
  • Aggregate licenses
  • Airfields
  • Airport
  • Airport noise exposure
  • Airport zoning regulations
  • Ambulance stations
  • Arts (museum, music, and art galleries)
  • Blue bin routes
  • Buildings (incomplete)
  • Building permits¬†
  • Cemeteries
  • City, town, village boundaries
  • Community centres
  • Contours
  • Creeks
  • Cycling facilities
  • Digital Elevation Model (DEM)
  • Designated areas
  • Designated properties
  • Downtown boundary
  • Early learning child care centres (licensed)
  • Environmentally sensitive protected areas
  • Fire stations
  • Forests
  • Forests owned by the Region
  • Gas pipelines
  • Garbage routes
  • Grand River Transit (bus routes and stops)
  • Green bin routes
  • Ground water recharge
  • Ground water (treatment and well system, aquifer type, water depth)
  • Heritage built resources
  • Heritage resource areas
  • Hydrants
  • Hydro lines
  • Hydro One stations
  • Hydro One structures
  • Lakes
  • Land use developed
  • Land use owner parcels
  • Libraries
  • Libraries (regional catchments)
  • Long term care facilities
  • Light rail transit (LRT) (rapid transit) (facilities, routes, and stations)
  • Medical centres
  • Municipal wells
  • Neighbourhoods
  • Neighbourhood Census Boundary
  • Parks
  • Pathways
  • Public owned parcels
  • Population landuse model
  • Rapid transit stations
  • Recreational facilities
  • Recycling depots
  • Regional library boundaries
  • Regional municipal boundaries
  • Religious buildings
  • Rivers
  • Schools (Catholic, public, secondary, other)
  • Schools (post secondary)
  • Settlements
  • Single line street network
  • Traffic signals
  • Traffic zones (household, dwellings, population, employment, post secondary students)
  • Trails
  • Transportation hub
  • Waterloo Morraine
  • Waste (pick-up schedule/collection routes)
  • Waterloo Catholic District School Board boundaries
  • Waterloo Region District School Board boundaries

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 both 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 Regional Municipality of Waterloo 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.


Regional Municipality of Waterloo Streets and Planning Data [computer file]. Kitchener, Ontario: Regional Municipality of Waterloo, [2021].

Sample view of the data

Waterloo Regional Airport noise exposure forecast.