We appreciate your interest in exploring and working with Open Data using the files and feeds found within our data catalogue. This page has tips and tricks that can help you further understand common tools that can be used to analyze data.
The City of Toronto’s Open Data Team isn’t officially endorsing anything you find here as a “tool of choice”; we’re simply trying to offer some insight and workarounds on how to get into and use our data.
If you spot something confusing in an explanation, or have another tool that can be used to examine the data in a meaningful and intuitive way, we’d love to know. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Potential JSON Viewers
To convert XML to Excel:
The “shapefile” (.shp) format is a popular data format for geographic information system (GIS) software. You need specialized GIS software to access Shapefiles.
Note: If you are opening a .csv file, Excel will open it in a new workbook right away. If you are opening a text (.txt) file, the Import Text Wizard will start running in Excel
If you have questions about Permit Parking (related to the availability of permit parking, or the specific locations or maps for permit parking zones), please contact the Permit Parking unit, who work for Transportation Services. You can reach Permit Parking by email at email@example.com or Temporary Permit Parking Staff may be reached by phone at 416-392-7873 from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:15pm.
If you have questions about a Building Permit, your best bet is to contact the Toronto Building Office directly. The best first point of contact is by phone. Toronto Building Staff can be reached directly at 416-397-5330 from Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 4:30pm. The phone number above is for their general customer service staff, which is the fastest way to get pointed in the right direction. Toronto Building customer service staff may forward you to another department or recommend another number to call.