The Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre is a focal point for collaboration and coordination of innovative research in the Kootenays. The facility promotes professional interaction and communication among researchers and organizations resulting in more concerted and synergistic efforts.

There are many advantages to partnership with the SGRC. Our collaborative approach ensures your information needs are met by people who have a detailed understanding of geospatial systems, as well as practical applications to real-world problems. Our partners gain access to the sophisticated technology necessary to develop new geospatial applications for natural resource planning, environmental planning, social and economic development, and Internet mapping / distributed GIS. The combination of technology and expertise we offer is second to none and is essential to attract technical industries and to stimulate economic growth in our region.

We invite you to engage with us to expand our capabilities to include your unique information needs.


Ministry of Agriculture & Lands – BC Government

Selkirk College and the BC Government are continuing a mutually beneficial partnership and collaboration that was initiated in November, 2001 between the College and the Ministry of Sustainable Resource Management (MSRM). The ILMB (now the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations) has the mandate to provide provincial leadership to achieve sustainable development of the province's land, water and resources while maintaining environmental values and to deliver integrated land and resource information to clients in an efficient and effective manner. Selkirk College, through the Selkirk Geospatial Research Centre, has the mandate to facilitate innovative applied research, technology application, education and training to meet its commitment to the cultural, economic, environmental and social enrichment of the communities it serves. Both mandates are facilitated through this collaborative partnership.

RDKB - Regional District of Kootenay Boundary & City of Rossland

The SGRC and the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) are collaborating to provide a Web Mapping Service to the citizens of Kootenay Boundary. RDKB and City of Rossland warehouse their data sets at the SGRC in a secure environment, allowing the display of geospatial data over the web at a variety of security-enabled access levels. SGRC infrastructure is utilized to provide viewing of geospatial layers of data critical in assisting business and public interests in making better decisions.

Columbia Basin Trust & Columbia Basin Watershed Network

This Web Mapping Service project involves collaboration between the SGRC, Columbia Basin Trust Water Initiatives Program and the Institute of Resources, Environment, and Sustainability at UBC. The purpose is to host spatial data pertaining to watershed management within the Columbia Basin. This Columbia Basin Watershed Network information system will benefit watershed networks, community groups, and citizens of the Columbia Basin, who will be able view, query and display relevant datasets using an Internet mapping application.

Key GIS data layers are publicly accessible through the SGRC's web mapping service which contains current, quality-controlled spatial layers with metadata and additional water management resources.