Careers in Cartography Appendix


The following colleges offer programs in cartography, or in GIS and the other cartographic sciences:

  • Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology, Ottawa
  • British Columbia Institute of Technology, Burnaby
  • College dc Limoilou, Quebec
  • College de l’Outaouais, Hull
  • Nova Scotia College of Geographical Sciences, Lawrencetown
  • Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto
  • Sir Sandford Fleming College, Lindsay
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, Calgary

Universities which offer degree programs with a significant cartographic component or which have recognized expertise in cartography are listed below. The departments in question are all geography, unless otherwise indicated.

  • Brock University, St. Catharines
  • Carleton University, Ottawa
  • Concordia University, Montreéal
  • McGill University, Montréal
  • Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s
  • Queen’s University, Kingston
  • Ryerson University, Toronto
  • Simon Fraser University, Burnaby
  • Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo
  • Université Laval, Québec (Geomatics)
  • Université de Montréal
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi
  • Université du Québec à Montréal
  • Université de Sherbrooke
  • University of British Columbia, Vancouver
  • University of Calgary (Geography; Surveying Engineering)
  • University of Guelph
  • University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (Geomatics)
  • University of Ottawa
  • University of Regina
  • University of Toronto (Geography)
  • University of Victoria
  • University of Waterloo
  • University of Western Ontario, London
  • University of Winnipeg

The federal, provincial and local government is one of the major employers. Job announcements can be found on the Internet or at the local government offices. Universities and colleges also employ cartographers. Opportunities arise in the private sector. Software companies and program developers are part of todays job market. Also insurance companies maopping business properties or the loses encountered after a disaster are all part of the emerging job opportunities for students. Planning agencies, marketing or advertising firms are all part of the new trend in hiring cartographers.

With a good education you should be able to find a job.

Professional Associations

Cartographers in Canada are represented by a number of national and regional professional associations:

  • Association of Canadian Map Libraries and Archives
  • L’Association Québécoise de Cartographie
  • Canadian Association of Geographers
  • Canadian Cartographic Association
  • Canadian Institute of Surveying and Mapping
  • International Cartographic Association

These associations all publish journals or newsletters. The CCA, for example, produces Cartographica, a quarterly journal/monograph, and Cartouche, a newsletter, while the CISM publishes the CISM Journal. Most also hold an annual conference, or arrange local meetings during the year.

Reading Material

Among the many books written on cartography, the following are recommended as introductory reading:

Campbell J. (1998). Map Use and Analysis (3th ed.). Dubuque, IA:Wm C. Brown, McGraw-Hill.
Campbell J. (1991. Introductory Cartography (2th ed.). Dubuque, IA:Wm C. Brown, McGraw-Hill.
Dent, B.D. (1996). Cartography: Thematic Map Design (4th ed.). Dubuque, IA:Wm C. Brown.
International Cartographic Association (1984). Basic Cartography: for students and Technicians Volume 1. Great Britain, BAS Printers Limited.
International Cartographic Association (1984). Basic Cartography: for students and Technicians Volume I1. Edited by R.W.Anson, London/New York, Elsevier Applied Science Publishers.
MacEachren, A.M. (1995). How Maps Work. New York, The Guiford Press.
Monmonier, M. (1993). Mapping It Out. Chicago, The University of Chicago Press.
Muehrcke, P., and Muechrcke, J.O (1978). Map Use :Reading , Analysis, and Interpretation 2th ed) Madison, WI: JP Publications.
Robinson, A.H, Morrison J.L, Muehrcke, P C., Kimerling A.J., and Stephen C. Guptill, (1995).
Elemen ts of Cartography, (6th ed.). New York: Wiley Thrower N.J.W. (1996). Map and Civilization, Chicago, The University of Chicago Press.
Tyner, J. (1992). Introduction to Thematic Cartography, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, Prentice Hall.


 Further Information

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