What is Open Data?

Open Data is a philosophy and practice, to provide some of the municipally-generated data to the public in a machine-readable format, without the restrictions of copyright, patent or other control mechanisms and, most importantly, free of charge. The most commonly used Open Data focuses on structured data, such as geographic data, scheduling, statistics, and demographic data.

The objective of Open Data is to eliminate burdens to access data created or managed by government agencies, while respecting privacy and sensitivity concerns. It enables entrepreneurs, academics, community groups, other learning communities, developers, and interested citizens to use data to improve the social experience and stimulate economic growth through data applications.

As part of its commitment to improving citizen access and involvement, enhancing transparency and understanding, the BCOGC is pleased to provide interactive public access to spatial data. Users are encouraged to explore the site and select and download the datasets that are of interest to them. Datasets will include a "Subscribe" to a RSS feed option, so that users can receive notification of changes to the respective data.

Under no circumstances will the Oil and Gas Commission liable to any person or business entity for any direct, indirect, special, incidental, consequential, or other damages based on any use of this Web site or any other Web site to which this site is linked, including, without limitation, any lost profits, business interruption, or loss of programs or information, even if the Oil and Gas Commission has been specifically advised of the possibility of such damages.

The following GIS Data has been made available through BCOGC Open Data Portal:



OGAA Associated Oil & Gas Activities, NEB Related Ancillaries and Construction Corridors

Geology and Engineering

Maps and Other Data

First Nations

Maps and Other Data


Oil and Gas Roads

Well and Facility



Waste Disposal

Maps and Other Data

Maps and Other Data

Additional Links and Resources

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Using the Site

This site provides access to the British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission's publicly available data. Use the search bar at the top or the data category buttons to browse the data collection. Data can be previewed in the map and downloaded as a spreadsheet, shapefile, KML or linked via API. With our Open Data site, you can view it, map it, style it, chart it, download it, or share it.

If you experience any issues with our new site please email us and let us know.

Online Help Documentation | Explore our Data

What is a shapefile?

The Esri shapefile, or simply a shapefile, is a popular geospatial data format for geographic information system software. It is developed and regulated by ESRI as an open specification for data interoperability among Esri and other geospatial software products. Shapefiles spatially describe features: points, lines, and polygons, representing spatial features such as buildings, topography, or roads. Each item usually has attributes that describe it, such as name or size.

What is a kml file?

KML is a file format used to display geographic data in an Earth browser such as Google Earth or ArcGIS Earth. You can create KML files to pinpoint locations, add image overlays, and expose rich data in new ways. KML is an international standard maintained by the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.

How do I leverage the API feature in the data catalogue?

Go to Esri’s ArcGIS Open Data help page for consumers. Detailed guides for both API specifications can be found in the ‘Download data’ section.