OTTAWA – The Canadian government has renewed its commitment to providing access to high-quality maps, satellite images and related data and technologies by pledging $60 million toward operation of its GeoConnections service over the next five years.
GeoConnections supports the day-to-day application of geomaticsthe science and technology of collecting, managing and using geospatial information. This information about the geography, people, environment and natural resources of a country promotes sound decision-making in economic, environmental and social priorities. NRCAN is leading the initiative to make this information available online.
The GeoConnections program was established in 1999 to provide Canadians with access to consolidated location-based information via the Internet. The internationally recognized partnership program focused on developing the policies, standards, technologies and partnerships needed to build the Canadian Geospatial Data Infrastructure (CGDI). It also advanced Canada as a world leader in developing, delivering and using online geospatial information.
The second phase of GeoConnections will improve how Canadians can use and benefit from the CGDI, particularly in the fields of public health and safety, sustainable development and the environment. It will also focus on using the CGDI to address issues of importance to Aboriginal communities.
Further information on GeoConnections is available at www.geoconnections.org.