What’s New in Community Map of Canada for July 2020

July 20, 2020 Paul Heersink

Find out what’s been happening with the Community Map of Canada

It’s been some time since we provided an update to you on what’s happening with the Community Map of Canada. As you know, the Community Map of Canada is built using data contributions provided by federal, provincial and municipal governments as well as First Nations, universities, colleges and airports. Currently we are updating and publishing the map twice a week. We are continually looking for new and updated content, both from our current contributors and from news ones. 

Since January of this year we have published data coming from 6 new contributors including: 

  • Delta, BC 

  • Fanshawe College, ON 

  • L’Assomption, QC 

  • Stratford, ON 

  • Sylvan Lake, AB 

  • Truro, NS

Additional new contributors are being processed and will be published in the near future. Follow this blog to be informed on the latest additions and changes.

Left: Stratford, ON as depicted on the map with provincial and federal data. Right: Stratford as depicted on the map after the municipality contributed their data.

As well as new content we have expanded our set of basemap styles to include the streets basemap style. All of the Community Map of Canada basemap styles are available in this group or, in some cases, might be available via your basemap picker. They are identifiable with the blue band at the bottom of the thumbnail. All the basemap styles run off the same vector tile cache that we work to update each week. Keep in mind that you can edit any of these styles or create your own using the Vector Tile Style Editor. Your basemap style will automatically include any data updates as they become available.

From left to right: topographic basemap, light grey basemap, dark grey base map, streets basemaps, streets - night basemap

This post was translated to French and can be viewed here.

About the Author

Paul Heersink

Paul Heersink is a cartographer and Production Manager of Esri Canada’s Community Maps Program: an initiative that is aiming to build a seamless topographic basemap using contributor data. He has over 15 years of cartographic experience, working in both the public and private sectors. Paul has always been interested in mapping and drew his own atlas at the age of 10. He took a detour in his career through the fields of psychology and social work before returning to cartography.

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