South Central Ontario Orthophotography Project (SCOOP) (2013, 2018)


Land Information Ontario, as well as most municipalities in Southcentral Ontario and a number of other public and private sector organizations collaborated to acquire digital orthophotography for approximately 35,762 square kilometers, covering parts of South Central Ontario in 2013 including Peterborough, Haliburton, Muskoka, Simcoe and surrounding areas. In 2018, additional cities were added including Oakville, Mississauga, Brampton, Toronto, Markham, Pickering, Oshawa. 

SCOOP 2013

                       2013 Coverage

SCOOP 2018

2018 Coverage

Resolution for airphotos is 20 cm with horizontal and vertical accuracy of 50 cm. The air photos were taken in April/May 2013, as well as again, in 2018.  

Images are available for download from the Scholars Geoportal, as well as from the Geospatial Centre. 

Spatial reference and data type

These georeference 1km square images are available in Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) coordinates; horizontal datum is North American Datum (NAD) 83 UTM zone 17. They are stored as compressed JPEG 2000 format. Average files size is 5 MB.

Data access

In order to access these data sets, 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. These images are also available from the Scholars Geoportal. 

Data manipulation and storage

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

These images 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 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.


SCOOP: Orthophotography 2018 [computer file]. Land Information Ontario, Ministry of Natural resources, [2018].

Sample View of the Data

SCOOP sample image