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GIS Training from Colleges and Universities

By T_mackinnon @tedmackinnon

wgraduationday2 GIS training from Colleges and Universities The ever evolving Canadian Geomatics Industry has lead to increased demands for specialized GIS training, and Canada has remained in top of the leading GIS education providers for many years. This page was created on the site a number of years back to highlight some of the best Colleges and Universities in Canada that offer GIS related programs. Along with the list of the various GIS education programs offered in Canada, there is also an web map that spatially displays these schools as well.

The list obviously does not contain all the programs that exist in Canada, so I have decided to work on updating it for the new year, so if you know of one that is missing from the list or have any corrections to an existing one that I already have listed then please let me know about them.

You can browse the  various  postings about Canadian GIS training from Colleges and Universities for more details, browse by Category or also also search with thesearch tools on the right hand side.


University of Calgary - Courses Masters in GIS

NAIT (Northern Alberta Institute of Technology GIS Certificate) - Geographic Information Systems Technology Certificate program

British Columbia

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British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) - GIS Advanced Diploma Program

Vancouver Island University – Advanced Diploma in GIS Applications (offered as a 16 month Online or an 8 month In-Class program). Offers an Online GIS Education

Selkirk College – Offers two programs, an Advanced Diploma program and the BGIS program.

Simon Fraser University - Certificate in Spatial Information Systems / Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Geographic Information Science

Trinity Western University - Department of Geography


Carleton University - The department of Geography and Environmental Studies

GIS Graduate Certificate Program at Fanshawe College School of Design


GIS Certificate program at Queen’s University

Humber College - Offers an Online GIS Education

Ryerson University - Ryerson University offers a number of various options to people who want to pursue a Geomatics career with several programs witch I cover here briefly at

Fanshawe College - GIS Graduate Certificate Program & a GIS / Urban Planning Diploma.

Fleming College - Post Graduate GIS Program.

Mohawk College - two year Urban and Regional Planning Technician diploma with specializations in GIS

Niagara College - one year GIS Certificate program

Queens - GIS Certificate program

University of Western Ontario - Department of Geography

Wilfrid Laurier University - Department of Geography

Algonquin  - Geographic Information Systems certificate program

Trent University - Degrees with a specialization in GIS are offered either as a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

Sault College of Applied Technology Post Grad GIS Program - A strong emphasis is placed on teaching the fundamentals and theory of GIS with a focus on hands-on training

New Brunswck

University of New Brunswick - Department of Geodesy & Geomatics Engineering

NBCC - GIS Advanced Diploma

Nova Scotia

Center of Geographical Sciences (COGS) - one of the largest technical trainers in the Geomatics field in Canada with programs in Surveying, Marine Geomatics, GIS, LIDAR and Remote Sensing

Applied Geomatics Research Group (AGRG) - One of the leading sources of LIDAR education in Canada

Acadia University - Master of Science in Applied Geomatics program


Université Laval Department of Geomatics Sciences


SIAST GIS Certificate is a Geographic Information Science

University of Saskatchewan - Department of Geography & Planning – Undergrad and graduate courses with a co-op
program option


Red River College - The program emphasizes understanding of the basic GIS concepts and technology as opposed to training operators of specific software products.

Assiniboine Community College - Offers an Online GIS Education


Memorial (MUN) - The diploma program in Geographic Information Sciences (GISciences) at Memorial is an intense 30 credit program

College of the North Atlantic - Geomatics Technician Diploma

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