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GeoManitoba was formed on April 1, 2011 as part of a department-wide reorganization to assume formal responsibility for the stewardship and evolution of Manitoba's shared geospatial technology and information assets.

In addition to providing surveying, remote sensing, topographic, cadastral mapping services and sales, GeoManitoba supports government's intentions to develop corporate-wide GIS capacity, to provide a revitalized approach to support delivery, acquisition and management of geospatial information for all Manitoba government departments. This includes providing leadership in the Province's use of GIS technology and specialized geomatics capabilities, stewardship for corporate GIS datasets and to centrally coordinate the development of GIS capacity for the Province, including:

  • Centralized geospatial data storage, management and dissemination (spatial data infrastructure)
  • Enterprise GIS software licensing
  • Corporate data acquisition such as digital ortho imagery
  • Improved human resource capacity for GIS

GeoManitoba encourages and facilitates sharing of geographic and spatially linked business data between departments to enhance decision making and to add value across government. GeoManitoba will also assist government departments to evolve the use of GIS and spatial management technologies in support of program objectives.

Director of Surveys Office

The Director of Surveys has the mandate to administer and enforce The Surveys Act (Part II) and Regulations made there under, to approve plans of survey of provincial Crown lands as required by The Crown Lands Act (Section 9) and The Mineral Disposition and Mineral Lease Regulation (Parts 5 and 6) under The Mines and Mineral Act, to represent Manitoba on matters regarding the delimitation of the boundaries of the Province, to provide survey services to provincial government departments on a cost-recovery basis, to maintain the provincial Land Survey System.

Rationale and Public Policy Benefits

The anticipated public policy benefits include a secure process for the conveyance and reservation of provincial Crown lands and rights therein, an economical service for the acquisition and disposition of provincial Crown lands, a basic land survey system to facilitate and expedite the determination of boundaries of property rights, and a homogenous network of survey monuments for the spatial referencing of land-related features and information.