The City of Pickering has initiated a GIS Strategic Plan Study

In September 2021, City Council approved the proposal by Geographic Technologies Group (GTG) to prepare a GIS Plan for the City.  GIS creates, manages, and analyzes all types of data, which is then connected to a map, integrating location data (where things are geo-spatially) with all types of descriptive information (what those things are/represent). The use of information technology, coupled with a robust GIS, will improve the way the City is tracking service delivery, disseminating data, and engaging the public through the use of various interactive and story telling maps, and open data platforms.

The Corporate GIS Strategic Plan, once approved, will provide a unified GIS vision and five year GIS Implementation and Business Road Map for the City.

Examples of GIS products currently offered by the City

The City of Pickering has a Maps and Open Data Portal. This portal provides 9 apps and story maps and about 90 open data layers available for download.

The Study Process

GTG’s strategic planning methodology outlines an award-winning strategy for an enterprise, sustainable, scalable, and enduring GIS. It includes interviewing key stakeholders, evaluating GIS needs and priorities, benchmark the organization’s existing GIS activities, identify Best Business Practices (BBP), identify gaps and opportunities, and present the findings to stakeholders and elected officials, using the 10-task project approach. The first three project tasks have been completed in accordance with the following approved scope of work.

Task 1 – Start-up Meeting

Task 2 – Project kick-off and GIS Technology Seminar

Task 3 - Current Situation and User Needs Assessment

Task 4 - Preliminary Assessment and Evaluation

Task 5 – GIS Vision

Task 6 – Council Report and Presentation

Task 7 – Organizational Planning/Communication

Task 8 – Strategy for Implementation

Task 9 – Corporate GIS Strategic Plan

Task 10 – Final Presentation

The remaining tasks are intended to be completed over the next 4-5 months, with final approval of the Plan anticipated before Summer recess of Council or early Fall.

Email the project lead at: jemcmullen@pickering.ca

Jill McMullen
Supervisor, Geomatics
City of Pickering
One The Esplanade
Pickering, ON  L1V 6K7
T.905.420.4660 ext. 2090

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