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.

Welcome to GeoEd.ca

GeoEd is a place where surveyors across Canada can connect about CPD opportunities!


Interests, Tenure & Property Rights on Indigenous Lands

Presented by: Patti Wight, Manager First Nation Support Services BC, FNLM Resource Centre (English)

Explains the various forms of rights and interests in Indigenous lands, whether registered or not. It is essential for Canada Lands Surveyors to understand property rights to be effective in supporting updates and renewal of the legal survey fabric in communities.


Modernization of the North American Reference System – The U.S. Plan and the Considerations for Canada

Presented by: Brian Donahue, Team Leader,  Surveyor General Branch, Natural Resources Canada / Government of Canada

The U.S. is planning to modernize its spatial reference system, possibly as early as 2024 or 2025. As part of this modernization they plan to update both their geometric reference system (the North American Datum of 1983 (NAD83)), and their vertical reference system (the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88)). These changes could have significant impacts for surveyors, mappers, and other geospatial professionals in Canada. For example, the U.S. plans to replace NAD83 with a new North American Terrestrial Reference Frame (NATRF2022), creating 1.3 to 1.5 m horizontal coordinate differences at the Canada–U.S. border with respect to Canada’s NAD83(CSRS). Never before have such significant differences existed between our two countries’ reference frames. This webinar will outline the U.S. plan, including their rationale, and then look at Canada’s situation with respect to reference frames. There are compelling reasons for Canada to follow suit and modernize as well, but there are also major challenges. Whether or not Canada follows the same path, there is much work to be done to prepare Canada for the U.S.’ updates.