Continuing Professional Development for Canada's Professional Surveyors
Développement professionnel continu pour les arpenteurs-géomètre du Canada

This website is a cooperative of Canada's Provincial and Federal Professional Land Surveying Associations and public and private education providers for the purpose of advancing Continuing Professional Development of Canada's professional Land Surveyors.

Ce site a été conçu en collaboration avec les ordres provinciaux et fédéraux d’arpenteurs-géomètres du Canada ainsi que des fournisseurs de formation publics et privés dans le but de faire progresser le développement professionnel continu des arpenteurs-géomètres du Canada.

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Reference System Modernization: Canadian plans and timelines

  1. Berg1; G. Banham2; M. Craymer3; G. Cross4; B. Donahue3*; M. Fortin3; J. Huang3; R. Messier Paquin5; C. Robin3; M. Walker3

Ministry of Transportation, Ontario; 2 Ministry of Environment and Parks, Alberta; 3 Natural Resources Canada; 4 Service New Brunswick; 5 Direction de la référence géodésique du Québec


The United States National Geodetic Survey (NGS) plans to adopt new geometric reference frames in 2025; for the continental USA it will be the North American Terrestrial Reference Frame of 2022 (NATRF2022). To ensure continued datum compatibility, the Canadian Geodetic Survey (CGS) plans to adopt NATRF2022 federally in parallel with the US. Also in 2025, NGS will adopt a new geoid-based height system, called the North American-Pacific Geopotential Datum of 2022 (NAPGD2022), moving from their current leveling-based datum. Canada has had a geoid-based height system since 2015, called the Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 2013 (CGVD2013). CGS plans to adopt a new realization of CGVD2013, realized by an updated geoid model being developed in collaboration with NGS.

In this presentation and panel discussion, we will review the latest plans and timelines for the release of CGS products and tools leading to federal modernization in 2025. We will also present recent efforts towards unified reference frame adoption across jurisdictions, including provincial migration options.

Riparian Boundaries

Presented by: Brian Ballantyne on November 20th, 2023

Canada Lands are bounded within each of the 13 jurisdictions using the principles (i.e. terms and features) from that jurisdiction. The principles come mostly from the courts. Thus:

Amuse bouche: Was parcel initially bounded by watercourse, has watercourse shifted, what was direction/rate of shift?
Entrée: Chippewas of Nawash v Canada (ONCA – 2023), Chippewas of Saugeen v South Bruce (ONSC – 2023), Fipke v Kelowna (BCCA – 2023), Herold Estate v Canada (ONCA – 2021), Douglas Lake Cattle v Nicola Valley Club (BCCA – 2021), Michel v Saskatchewan (SKCA – 2021).
Dessert: Jim Shot Both Sides v Canada (SCC – October 12, 2023)

Dr Brian Ballantyne is an honorary surveyor (ALS and OLS), inactive lawyer, impartial analyst, and adjunct professor.  He assists surveyors, survey associations, lawyers, landowners, courts, the Crown, and First Nations with boundary, tenure, and institutional issues.  He renders opinions, proffers advice, produces reports, presents seminars, teaches, and supervises. Updates 2023

This webinar  demonstrates a typical project workflow (request survey instructions, complete checklist and submit documents to SGB) using In addition, we highlight the changes that have been made to the site over the last few years and discuss how to avoid common issues. Presentation slides are available in both official languages.

Presented by:

Trevor Penny, Manager – Land Surveys Registry, Surveyor General Branch, Natural Resources Canada / Government of Canada

Geneviève Marquis, Senior Surveyor, Surveyor General Branch, Natural Resources Canada / Government of Canada