Open Ontario imagery

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Every five years, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry coordinates projects to photograph high resolution imagery of settled areas of the province.

Project participants include:

  • other Ontario ministries
  • municipalities
  • federal agencies
  • conservation authorities
  • non-government organizations (NGOs)
  • private companies

Each agency participates by sharing in the cost of taking the photographs through a funding model. To maintain the funding model integrity, the imagery is available to the public via purchase for a period of six years after acquisition. Six years after the acquisition, the orthophotography is reclassified as open.

Technical information

This record includes all collections of digital orthophotography which are at least six years old. Collections are differentiated by year of acquisition and region of the province covered.

Orthophotographs are primarily taken during the spring in leaf-off conditions. All orthophotography is available as GeoTIFFs with the following bands of spectral information:

  • red
  • green
  • blue
  • near-infrared

Pixel size is consistent within collections but varies between collections, ranging from a minimum of 16 cm to a maximum of 50 cm.

Open imagery access restrictions

Starting in April 2022, the access restrictions to the data become open after six years, and the data will be made available under the Open Government License. This only applies to orthophotography collections where Ontario owns the intellectual property rights.

Open Government licenced orthophotography collection release schedule

2022 release:

  • Central Ontario Orthophotography (COOP) 2016
  • Algonquin 2015
  • Digital Raster Acquisition Project East (DRAPE) 2008
  • Digital Raster Acquisition Project East (DRAPE) 2014
  • South Central Ontario Orthophotography Project (SCOOP) 2013
  • Simcoe Muskoka Dufferin 2008
  • Southwest Ontario Orthophotography Project (SWOOP) 2006
  • Southwest Ontario Orthophotography Project (SWOOP) 2010
  • Southwest Ontario Orthophotography Project (SWOOP) 2015

2023 release:

  • Northwest Ontario Orthophotography Project (NWOOP) 2017

2024 release:

  • South Central Ontario Orthophotography Project (SCOOP) 2018

2025 release:

  • Digital Raster Acquisition Project East (DRAPE) 2019-2020

2026 release:

  • Southwest Ontario Orthophotography Project (SWOOP) 2020

2027 release:

  • Central Ontario Orthophotography Project (COOP) 2021

For more information

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Data Available

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[See the licence for how you're allowed to use this data.]

2016-05-06 - 2016-06-10

2015-05-06 - 2015-05-14

2015-04-12 - 2015-05-23

2014-04-28 - 2014-06-07

2013-04-26 - 2013-05-08

2010-03-18 - 2010-04-29

2008-04-18 - 2009-11-17

2008-04-15 - 2008-04-19

2006-04-11 - 2007-04-29

Supporting Files

This dataset has no supporting files

Additional Info

Field Value
Geographic coverage Ontario
Geography Breakdown None
Source URL/Address
Maintainer Land Information Ontario Imagery Program
Author Email
Maintainer branch Mapping and Information Resources Branch
Last Validated Date 2022-08-05
Update frequency Yearly
Access instructions

Ordering instructions, metadata and web service connections to available orthophotography are available online at the Ontario GeoHub:

Imagery dating back to the 1940s is available from the Archives of Ontario.