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Interactive Maps

List of interactive maps:

Critical Minerals Interactive Map

This interactive map presents information on advanced critical mineral projects, producing mines and processing facilities in Canada and depicts their location.

The map allows you to locate important critical mineral sites and to consult the list of the commodities they process, produce or consider producing. The advanced projects presented in this map are those with mineral reserves or resources (measured or indicated), the potential viability of which is supported by a preliminary economic assessment, or by a prefeasibility or feasibility study.

View the Critical Minerals Interactive Map

Stories from the Land: Indigenous Place Names in Canada now available on Open Maps!

Natural Resources Canada and the Geographical Names Board of Canada are pleased to announce the release of Stories from the Land: Indigenous Place Names in Canada, an interactive map of a selection of places in Canada with names that have origins in multiple Indigenous languages.  The sample of names shows the history and evolution of Indigenous place naming in Canada.

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You can access Stories from the Land: Indigenous Place Names in Canada data and documentation from the Open Government Portal.  WMS, Web Application and pre-packaged FGDB are available.

2015 Land Cover of Canada – Landsat-7, 30-metre resolution

The Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS) at Natural Resources Canada produced this new high-resolution dataset of Canada’s 15 land cover classes from 13,350 Landsat-7 satellite images taken between 2009 and 2011 for cloud- and snow-free national coverage. The 30-metre resolution of the dataset will help improve the accuracy of local and regional-scale analyses and applications.

View the 2015 Land Cover of Canada - Landsat-7, 30-metre resolution

Physiographic Regions of Canada

Physiographic Regions of Canada are now available as an interactive map.

Canada’s landmass is very diversified and comprises several distinctive areas, called physiographic regions, each of which has its own topography and geology. Physiographic regions are large areas that share similar relief and landforms shaped by common geomorphic processes and geological history. Physiographic regions are often used to describe Canada’s geography to show regional differences in climate, vegetation, population and the economy.

This map shows the location of seven physiographic regions, twenty-one sub-regions and their divisions with accompanying descriptive images and text.

View the Physiographic Regions Interactive Map

Canada’s Commemorative Map

This interactive map commemorates Canada’s participation in armed conflicts at home and abroad by highlighting a sample of the many geographical features and places named for those that served our country. These commemorative geographical names help us remember war casualties, soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen, military leaders, and civilians recognized or decorated for outstanding acts of bravery and sacrifice in battle. These names also commemorate notable battles in which Canada participated, and Canadian military units, regiments, squadrons, and ships in which Canadians served. Federal, provincial and territorial members of the Geographical Names Board of Canada provided these commemorative names for the development of the map. Many more commemorative place names exist in Canada, and will be added in future releases of this evergreen interactive map. If you would like to contribute names to this project, please contact the Geographical Names Board of Canada Secretariat at Natural Resources Canada.

View the Canada's Commemorative Map

Canadian Geochronology Knowledgebase

The compilation represents publicly available geochronological information for Canada, with data compiled from federal, provincial and territorial government publications and reports, university theses, books and journal articles.

View the Canadian Geochronology Knowledgebase.

Map of Clean Energy Resources and Projects (CERP) in Canada

The Map of Clean Energy Resources and Projects (CERP) in Canada is an interactive map for learning about Canada’s extensive clean-energy resources and projects. By definition, clean energy comprises renewable energy, electric vehicles, nuclear energy, biofuels, and carbon capture and storage (CCS). The latter (CCS) is considered as clean energy since it can significantly reduce global CO2 emissions resulting from fossil-fuel–based power generation and from emission-intensive industrial processes such as oil refining and the production of iron and steel, cement, and chemicals.

This interactive map is composed of several map layers, which show the location of clean-power–generating facilities, bioheat-generation facilities, carbon-capture-and-storage (CCS) facilities, clean-energy projects that are planned or under construction, clean-energy test centres, and clean-energy research-and-development projects, as well as the energy potential of biomass, geothermal, reservoir-hydro, river-current, solar, tidal, uranium, wave, and wind resources.

If you print out a map created with this application, download the master legend to select the legend themes appropriate to the map you have created.

View the Map of Clean Energy Resources and Projects (CERP) in Canada.

Interactive Map of Indigenous Mining Agreements

Agreements between Indigenous groups and mining companies improve the relationships and partnerships related to exploration and mine development.  These agreements have also been successful in securing benefits for many Indigenous communities. The Interactive Map of Indigenous Mining Agreements shows where these agreements are in effect across the country and provides specific information on exploration projects and mines, Indigenous communities, and the types of agreements signed between communities and mining companies. 

View the Indigenous Mining Agreements Map.

Minerals and Mining Interactive Map

This map depicts the location of Canada's principal producing mines for the given reference year. It includes locations for significant metallic, nonmetallic and industrial mineral mines (except clay products, peat, and most construction materials [most stone, sand and gravel]), coal mines, oil sands mines, and oil and gas fields across the country. Also depicted are the locations of significant metallurgical facilities across Canada. The data in this map are based on Natural Resources Canada's annual Map 900A – Principal Mineral Areas, Producing Mines, and Oil and Gas Fields in Canada. Pertinent information for each mine is provided, including operation name, owner/operator, commodities extracted, and on-site facilities.

This map also depicts the location of the top 100 exploration and deposit appraisal projects for the given reference year. The data in this map are based on Natural Resources Canada's annual Map of Top 100 Exploration and Deposit Appraisal Projects. Pertinent information for each project is provided, including operation name, commodity sought, and province or territory.

View the Minerals and Mining Interactive Map.

Remote Communities Energy Database

The map of the Remote Communities Energy Database is a public resource that provides pertinent factual information about the generation and use of electricity and other energy sources for all remote communities in Canada. Communities are identified as remote communities if they are not currently connected to the North-American electrical grid nor to the piped natural gas network; and is a permanent or long-term (5 years or more) settlement with at least 10 dwellings.

The Remote Communities Energy Database is the only national data source on energy in remote communities that is publically available on one centralized site. The Remote Communities Energy Database allows users to search and conduct analyses of remote communities and their energy context. Users are also able download the data from the Remote Communities Energy Database dataset in CSV (i.e., excel compatible) format.

View the Remote Communities Energy Database.

Territorial Evolution from 1867 to 2017

This map (with animation) presents the history of the political boundaries in Canada, from Confederation in 1867 to 2017. Canada’s boundaries are dynamic political structures that reflect the changing political, economic, and cultural conditions of the country through time.

View Territorial Evolution from 1867 to 2017.

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