Toronto Maps is an internet mapping web application created for use by the general public. The interface provides a window to explore the geography of the city of Toronto, search for specific locations and retrieve detailed information about various geographic features within the City. The data presented within the application is provided by numerous stakeholders including City of Toronto divisions, agencies, boards and commissions.
All data presented is published from source systems of record and is curated with a focus on accuracy, currency, consistency, and completeness.
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1. About: Provides general information on Toronto Maps application, including contact information.
2. Basemap Gallery: Toronto Maps can have a street map or imagery for its background. You may choose the background from the Basemap Gallery.
3. Feature Filter: You may choose to display information on the map from the Feature Filter. You can select one or more features, one or more years of Ortho imagery to display on the map. This tool is selected at start-up.
4. Legend: Displays labels and symbols for layers in the map that are selected in the Feature Filter menu.
5. Spatial Bookmark: Zooms to a particular ward or user-defined extent.
6. Measurement: Set of measurement tools such as measuring an area, measuring a line, and locating a point.
7. Draw: Allows you to draw lines, shapes, and insert text on your map. You can print your customized map.
8. Add Data: You can add your own data to the map.
9. Near Me: Allows you to pin a location on the map and set a buffer around the pin. The tool shows a list of the selected features within the buffer range and provides turn-by-turn directions to the selected feature.
10. Swipe: You can slide the swipe tool or move the mouse around to reveal the content of another layer.
11. Select: Allows you to select features by selecting by mouse from the map. Selected features can then be compared, exported or printed.
12. Share: Allows you to share the app by posting it to your social media account or by sending an email with a link.
13. Print: This feature allows you to create printouts choosing from a variety of layouts and formats.
14. User Guide: opens this help file.
The Toronto Map can have a street map or aerial photography for its background. You may choose the background by clicking:
The background of the map updates to the selected basemap (i.e. 2020 Imagery)
The Feature Filter allows you to check on and off layers on the map. It is also the place where you find the legend with names and symbols for all features. Map Layers are organized according to type and shown in separate tabs.
Click on the different tabs (Boundaries, Getting Around, Public Services, Properties, Imagery) to access other layers that can be drawn on the map. You can choose to select a group of layers or individual layers. As well there are buttons to Unselect All layers from a tab or to Expand All to see all layers in the tab.
Layers will be greyed out if they aren’t available at the current zoom level of the map.
Once you zoom in on the map using the zoom tools or by mouse these layers will now be available for selection.
Try clicking on “Canopy” to draw this layer on the map.
You can also search for layers at the top of the Feature Filter menu.
As you type in the search bar, a list of matching layers will be displayed.
When you select one of the layers from the list that layer will be selected in the Feature Filter menu and drawn on the map.
This button clears the selection of all features in all tabs and clears the map display.
The Legend tool displays the legend information for all of the layers that have been selected in the Feature Filter tool. By default, the legend shows no features.
If you have selected to display additional layers using the Feature Filter tool, these additional layers will be displayed in the Legend menu.
TOMaps provides default bookmarks for each ward and allows you to create custom ones to save the current map view.
To use a bookmark:
You can also add your customized bookmarks continuing with the following instructions:
The next time that you open the “Spatial Bookmark” tool, this new bookmark will be available for use.
User will draw a polygon inside the map window and the area of the polygon will be calculated and its result will be shown inside the Measurement panel.
User will draw a line (or polyline) inside the map window and the length of the line will be calculated and its result will be shown inside the Measurement panel.
User will draw a point inside the map window and the x and y of the point will be calculated and its result will be shown inside the Measurement panel.
Personalize your map using Drawing tools like in the picture below. Drawings will be included when you use the print feature, so you can print personalized maps.
The “Add Data” tool enables you to add data to the map by entering map service URLs, or uploading local files. In this way, you can temporarily add layers to and remove layers from the map. The results can be printed, however, you can’t save the layers to the map.
Copy an example URL (i.e. COT_SPEED_CAMERAS)
Paste this URL in the URL box.
Click the “Add” button
The Automated Speed Cameras are displayed on the map and can be selected to see the details of each location.
You can also add other types of services – such as kml
->A KML File
Alternatively, you can Add Data from a file
Example of a simple .csv file (hotels.csv)
If you have created the .csv file using the Self Serve Geocoder, you will have to rename the columns from:
Once layer(s) have been added to the map they can be removed by using the “Layers” menu.
The “Layers” menu displays all layers that have been added to the map
Select the “Remove Layer” icon next to the layer to remove the layer from layer list and from the map display.
Result (Ambulance Service Facility – no longer visible):
The selected features are exported to the .csv file which can be viewed and edited in Excel.
The Near Me tool allows you to enter a location and create a buffer area around the location. All features that have been selected in the “Feature Filter” that are found within the buffer distance will be listed in the menu (by default the buffer distance is 1000 metres).
• Select the Near Me tool
• Enter the location in the Search box and press the ENTER key. This can be an address (i.e. 18 Dyas Rd.), an intersection (i.e. Yonge and Bloor) or a place name (i.e. City Hall). Alternatively use the Set Location button to select a location on the map using the mouse.
The map centres and zooms to the selected location.
A buffered circle will draw on the map and all COVID-19 Resources that fall within this circle (1 km by default) will be listed in the menu.
For each category, there is a count of the number of features. (i.e. there are 12 schools within the default buffer distance)
You can limit or increase the search results by moving the slider bar on the menu – here it is increased to close to 4000 metres and the larger circle now shows 1 Hospital location in addition to the other features.
Click on Hospitals and the details of the Hospital(s) that fall within the buffer distance is shown.
The Name of the closest hospital is shown along with the approximate distance from the address that was entered in the search bar or the pin location that was selected on the map.
The Swipe Layer tool is used to interactively reveal layers beneath the layer being swiped. This tool makes it easy to see what is underneath a particular layer without having to turn it off in the table of contents. This tool can be used with any layers but is particularly effective in showing changes over time for two different years of ortho data.
The swipe tool reveals how the area around the Rogers Center looked in 2005 vs 2018, showing all of the condos that have been built during this time period.
Print allows you to export the current view of the map in different formats (e.g. PDF, PNG etc.…). The printout will also include all selected features, drawings, a title, and the legend.
To print your map:
There is a known issue in Chrome browser that the “City of Toronto Vector” basemap does not print. As a workaround to this, please choose another basemap such as “City of Toronto Basemap” if using Chrome.
Click on the Open Attribute Table button at the bottom of the map to display detailed tabular information for layers displayed on the map.
The attribute information is displayed in table form with the attributes for the first layer displayed (Business Improvement Area)
Click on the second tab in order to see the attributes for the second layer (City Ward)
Select one of the records (i.e. Toronto-Danforth) by clicking in the left-most column of the attribute table, this highlights the record in the table and on the map.
Select the Zoom to button to zoom to the selected feature on the map.
Click the Filter by Map Extent button. This selects all features in the layer and the total count of features is shown at the bottom of the menu. (i.e. 1194 Features)
Select the Options button and select Filter.
Select an attribute value from the pulldown list (i.e. SCHOOL_TYPE_DESC) and type in the Search value (i.e. Private).
Click on the OK button
The filter is applied to the attribute table and the map display. 318 of 1194 features where (SCHOOL_TYPE_DESC = Private) are displayed.
Only the Private schools are now displayed on the map.
Optionally, you can click Options and Show/Hide Columns to limit the columns of information shown in the attribute table.
When you add an additional layer to the map using the Feature Filter tool they will be displayed in the attribute table showing an additional tab (i.e. Subway Station)
Alternatively, you can display a layer’s attributes by selecting the ellipses “…” button and View in Attribute Table from the popup menu for each layer.