To promote the development of mapping tools by other organizations, the LEPC will create a best practice guide to mapping regional data while continuously improving our current mapping tool with geospatial labour market data from sources such as Statistics Canada.
October 1, 2018 to March 29, 2019
We have been working with our Working Group and Central Planning Table members to update the existing WEmap tool for jobseekers and are preparing to launch this tool publicly in January 2019. We have been also working with many of them to develop an innovative Statistics Canada census mapping tool to support organizations in business planning, service planning, and research activities.
As of December 2018, we are continuing to consult with stakeholders on how they currently use mapping tools, and have captured our experiences and theirs in an initial draft of a Best Practices guide for creating regional mapping tools. Our Central Planning Table and Working Group members will review and provide input on this draft in January.
Visualizing data through mapping is quickly becoming a best practice in helping stakeholders understand their local services, employment opportunities, and demographics geographically. Communities that map data will see a variety of stakeholders benefit from the mapping tools. For example, job seekers will be able to better access services and employment opportunities, community organizations and government will have better planning tools at their disposal, and employment service providers will be better able to understand community demographics and assist clients in accessing services and employment opportunities. The Mapping LMI project will feature the creation of a best practices guide and result in the further development of WEmap to incorporate the visualization of Statistics Canada labour market information.
A best practices guide to mapping regional data will help other communities and community organizations develop similar mapping tools. The guide will provide advice and direction on topics such as, mapping software, gathering data, sharing mapping tools and helping stakeholders use mapping tools. It will be written with scalability, consistency and comparability in mind, so that other LEPCs can more easily develop mapping tools in the future.
In the first phase of the LEPC, we visualized public transit routes and job postings to help job seekers without access to a vehicle determine which employment opportunities they can mostly easily access. Building on this, we plan to add local employment-related services to the map so users can better view which organizations are most easily accessible to them. We will also be visualizing Statistics Canada data to help government, service providers, and community organizations better understand the demographics of our local neighbourhoods and plan services appropriately. Recently we have seen that other organizations have also begun mapping data as a best practice. For example, Statistics Canada recently visualized its 2016 Census data geographically through its Census Program Data Viewer and Service Canada is reviewing service coverage via mapping, however its not common at the community organization level.
Justin Falconer, Sr. Manager of Public Affairs & LEPC Lead
Email Justin 226-674-3220