Fire Insurance Plans (FIPs) are large-scale building atlases available for multiple Canadian cities at various time periods from the late 1800s to the mid-1900s. Originally in print, FIPs are comprised of multiple sheets that, together, made up large-scale atlases for major municipalities. Each sheet is a large-scale plan which illustrates in great detail the construction materials of buildings, building size and layout, street widths, and the location of fire protection facilities. Each sheet has a coverage of a few blocks at most.
Please view the key map, located at the top left of this sheet, which describes the colours and symbols of the FIP sheets.
The 1888 (revised 1901) Ottawa FIPs have been georeferenced at the Carleton University Library and made available to the public. The index also links to the non-georeferenced original images from Library and Archives Canada.
The 1902 (revised 1912) Ottawa FIPS were georeferenced by Ottawa GIS professional Kevin Ballantyne and generously shared with Carleton University Library to share with our users and members of the public. The index also links to the non-georeferenced original images from Library and Archives Canada.