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Esri Canada renews $5M support for Canadian Research Data Centre Network

Mapping and spatial analysis software enables researchers to uncover new insights from Statistics Canada data to inform public policy

TORONTO—November 16, 2022—Esri Canada has renewed its support of more than $5 million in geographic information system (GIS) software to the Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN), a major research infrastructure providing access to data and enabling advanced statistical analyses of critical socio-economic and health issues facing Canadians. Since 2017, Esri Canada has provided the network’s 2,200+ researchers with free access to Esri’s ArcGIS technology. Esri Canada made the announcement on GIS Day, a worldwide event that celebrates GIS technology as a framework for gathering, analyzing, visualizing and sharing data to help people make better decisions.

“Mapping and analyzing Canada’s population data at the individual and household levels is critical to understanding and addressing the numerous pressing issues that impact Canadians’ health and well-being,” says Alex Miller, president, Esri Canada. “We are pleased to support CRDCN with our GIS technology to further advance their important work.”

CRDCN focuses on advancing knowledge and informing policy in four priority areas: income and employment, immigration and settlement, education and social development, and population health and health care utilization. Using GIS, CRDCN researchers can conduct advanced spatial/temporal visualization and analysis of a broad array of data, including health, socio-demographic and household survey data. The technology also allows them to produce quickly high-quality print and online maps to share research results with the public.

“This renewed funding will enable the CRDCN to succeed in its mission to enable advanced research in the social and health sciences, to train the next generation of data scientists, and to inform the development of evidence-based policy on vital issues for Canadians,” notes Martin Taylor, executive director, CRDCN.

About the CRDCN
The Canadian Research Data Centre Network (CRDCN) is a national research organization and Major Science Initiative headquartered at McMaster University. CRDCN facilitates unique access to Statistics Canada microdata at 33 Research Data Centres (RDCs) for more than 2200 researchers across Canada in a wide array of disciplines, thereby enabling forefront university research and training and informing key areas of public policy. To know more about the Network, visit

About Esri Canada 
Founded in 1984, Esri Canada provides geographic information system (GIS) solutions that empower people in business, government and education to make informed and timely decisions by leveraging the power of mapping and spatial analytics. These solutions enable organizations to better manage their resources, plan their future and collaborate within and beyond their organization. Esri Canada’s products and services help advance successful digital transformation. The company serves 12,000 organizations from 15 offices across Canada and is based in Toronto. In 2019, Esri Canada achieved Platinum Club status with the Canada's Best Managed Companies program by retaining its Best Managed designation for seven consecutive years or more. More information can be found at Follow Esri Canada on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn.


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