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


Walking in the footsteps of the original surveyor

As surveyors we are expected to re-establish a boundary in its original location using the best available evidence. Part of that process is to be able to understand what it was like to survey at the time the original post was set. That may have been more than 100 years ago when conditions, equipment and survey styles were very different than they are today. This webinar is intended to help us understand what it was like to survey in the 1800s and early 1900s

Surveys on First Nation Lands under a Land Code

As First Nations regain the management of their lands and resources through their Land Code, there are some survey related process changes for Canada Lands Surveyors to be aware of. This session is intended to touch on:
– how to know if a First Nation has a Land Code in place;
– the extent of the lands managed by the Land Code;
– what aspects of the survey process may be affected by a Land Code; and
– what aspects of the survey process continue to apply.

It is recommended that participants complete the following Geo-Ed courses or have knowledge in these areas, prior to attending this session.

As this session will not readdress these topics in-depth:
– Interests, Tenure & Property Rights on Indigenous Lands
– Framework Agreement on First Nations Land Management

Improving the Connection between Legal Surveys with Existing or future interests on Indigenous Lands

Preparing and aligning legal surveys with existing or future interests, on Indigenous lands is increasingly important for an effective property rights system. The Survey System needs to provide for an organized and consistent identification in the way that a parcel of land is subdivided, described, and located. In turn the Land Registry System needs to utilize the most current survey information with regard to the documents in the registry.

It is crucial to consider existing and proposed property rights and the land management system of that First Nation, to ensure the survey solution is appropriate. Re-establishing an effective connection between surveys and interests on First Nation lands has proven to be challenging but rewarding for all those involved.

Digital Signatures on Survey Documents for the Canada Lands Survey Records (CLSR)

The Association of Canada Lands Surveyors’ Executive Director, Jean-Claude Tétreault, will present on the system used by Canada Lands Surveyors to register survey documents in the CLSR. Subjects addressed will be the following:
• Changes to the CLS Regulations to accommodate digital signatures
• Brief introduction of the MyCLSS joint ACLS/NRCan portal
• myKey digital signature system
• Adding signatures to survey documents
• Benefits

Interests, Tenure & Property Rights on Indigenous Lands

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.