The Esri Canada Community Maps of Canada Program provides a cost-effective and efficient framework for organizations to share their geographic information with the online public. The program enables organizations across Canada to contribute their geographic information to be published as community maps on ArcGIS Online, a Web site for finding and sharing GIS content and building communities.
The available maps are rendered with uniform cartography, cached and integrated into a World Topographic Map on ArcGIS Online. This global map is compiled using best available authoritative data from numerous sources worldwide.
There are numerous advantages to making your content available through the Esri Canada Community Map of Canada Program. Benefits include:
Free and easy access to detailed, accurate and high-performance online community basemaps that users within and outside your organization can leverage to develop innovative GIS applications to support areas such as economic development, disaster management, elections planning and community outreach.
Reduced costs associated with making your data widely available, such as setting up and maintaining the infrastructure and hosting online map services.
Significant time and cost savings in developing high-quality community basemaps. Esri Canada will return your data in ready-to-use ArcGIS for Server map cache format, allowing you to publish it in your own Web applications and services.
Promotion of your organization's valuable GIS work.
Canada-wide Topographic Basemap Updates The topographic basemap has been updated for the entire country. Four scales of map cache covering the entire country were published on ArcGIS Online. Canada is now available in the new map design down to 1:288,895. This is a substantial improvement in design over the older version of the map which had been available since 2011.
We view the Community Maps Program as an opportunity to benefit from Esri Canada’s technical expertise for free while developing a new basemap for our Web site. We have a small staff and limited resources so the ability to leverage Esri Canada experts for time-consuming cache creation, server management and cartographic decision-making is tremendously helpful.