Reference: Community Map of Canada Now Available
From ESRI Canada:
Such a big project is never complete because places are always evolving, but this Canada 150 project, seven years in the making, now covers the majority of municipalities in the country.
“The Community Map of Canada is the first uniform, detailed and accessible digital basemap of Canada that’s free for everyone to use,” says Alex Miller, president, Esri Canada. “It’s built from data contributions as well as open data from local authorities across the country. We’ve been working with authoritative sources to ensure this map is as accurate as possible and would like to thank all those who have contributed to the development of this basemap.”
The Community Map of Canada currently serves more than 200 million map requests per month from organizations in government, business and academia. It allows municipalities to quickly make specific maps by adding their own information to the basemap, so people who live or want to visit can see where facilities, such as parks and bike lanes, as well as other relevant community features, are. For example, local authorities can update and change the map. Businesses can add their own research to the map, so that they can make a more informed decision about where to put a retail outlet.
One wonderful example of how the map was used is to show the progress of the completion of The Great Trail. The national basemap has also been used to create useful apps including Toronto Police Service’s Weekly Major Crime Indicators, National Capital Commission’s Discover Canada’s Capital Region and City of Repentigny’s Mes services municipaux (My Municipal Services), to name a few.
As well, the Community Map of Canada is enabling the creation of other national basemaps for various purposes, such as the Community Cadastral Map of Canada and the Community Transportation Map of Canada.
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