Inspire the world with GIS. Join us on Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 9 a.m. for virtual presentations from several divisions and partners.
GIS Day 2022 is a virtual event highlighting the achievements in geographic information systems (GIS) throughout the City featuring live presentations as well as a Virtual Expo to showcase GIS projects from divisions across the City.
Featured speakers will be discussing how their respective teams have utilized GIS to solve problems and derive value with examples from City divisions as well as how outside organizations have used City data.
9 – 9:05 a.m. – Welcome and Land Acknowledgment
Deanna Hotoyan, Director Enterprise Solutions Services, City of Toronto
9:05 – 9:10 a.m. – GIS Day Kick-off
9:10 – 9:25 a.m. – Visualizing Development Activity in Toronto
Peggy Wong, Fleming College
Dulini Ratnayake and Scott Whynot, City Planning, City of Toronto
9:25 – 10:10 a.m. – Toronto’s Parkland Strategy: calculating parkland provision across the city
Toni Papa and Danny Brown, Parks Forestry & Recreation, City of Toronto
10:10 – 10:20 a.m. – Break
10:20 – 10:50 a.m. – Applying Geospatial Analysis on Telematics (vehicle location and other key information) Data for Fleet Operations and Planning
Ange Lin, Fleet Services, City of Toronto
10:50 – 11:20 a.m. – SolarTO
Nageen Rehman and Rick Wu, Environment & Climate, City of Toronto
11:20 – 11:30 a.m. – Break
11:30 a.m. – Noon – Toronto Community Information Hub
Wayne Chu, Matt Laurie, Mat Krepicz, and Samuel Nakano, Social Development, Finance & Administration, City of Toronto
Noon – 12:15 p.m. – Toronto Maps – what’s new?
Scott Webb, Geospatial Competency Centre, City of Toronto
12:15 – 12:30 p.m. – Wrap up
Deanna Hotoyan, Director Enterprise Solutions Services, City of Toronto
Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the fourth largest in North America. Development activities take place daily which makes tracking these activities difficult without an available map illustrating the process. Our team set out to provide a solution to track all the development activities within the city using GIS technology. The data acquired from the City of Toronto Open Data Portal, was published as hosted feature layers through ArcGIS API for Python to create a web map symbolizing unique values for each development application, and a heat map to show the development hotspots. The web maps were made in compliance with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, thus people with colour deficiencies will be able to differentiate between the application types and clearly understand the information illustrated. A dashboard was generated from the web maps to display the statistics of development activities throughout the city. A web application and a story map were also created to further enhance the interactions of the users. Finally, a maintenance script was created to allow the hosted feature layers to be updated automatically, minimizing the maintenance effort by the staff.
Parks provide essential elements of health and well-being by connecting people to nature, building community, and offering opportunities for improving physical health. Toronto has built and sustained a parks system that is a defining element of the city and has become one of its most cherished features. As the city grows, the parks system must respond to ensure a livable Toronto for future generations. The Parkland Strategy is Toronto’s 20-year parks plan guiding long-term planning for new parks, park expansion and improved access to existing parks. It aids in the decision-making and prioritization of investment in parkland across the city through a new methodology that measures parkland provision and identifies areas of parkland need. Tune in for an introduction to the Parkland Strategy, a walk-through of how we went about calculating parkland provision rates, and how we leveraged ArcGIS StoryMaps to make the plan’s data and mapping interactively available to staff.
Since late 2021, the Fleet Services Division has been implementing and upgrading telematics devices on City of Toronto-owned, rented, and select contractor-owned vehicles. The transition to a platform for vehicle location technologies provides a plethora of new geospatial data points. Join us for a brief tour of how the Fleet Services Division uses this data and the GCC portal to improve safety awareness, optimize operations and provide insights for informed strategic planning decisions such as electric vehicle charger demand analysis.
Many communities and neighbourhoods in Toronto are experiencing significant socioeconomic challenges. For many years, the Social Development, Finance & Administration Division and partners have been working collaboratively to build community capacity, invest in programs and assets, and drive systemic change to address issues like poverty, community safety and wellbeing, and youth development. But incorporating data to build situational awareness in communities has historically been a challenge. In this presentation, the Social Research and Information Management Unit will introduce its plans for Toronto Community Information Hub, an internal tool that draws on data linkages, and geospatial analysis tools to help community-based staff and management do their work better. The team will also demonstrate a few tools that are being built for staff to answer their key operational questions.
In October 2019, Toronto City Council voted to declare a climate emergency and accelerate its efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change. The City’s TransformTO Net Zero Strategy is an ambitious climate change strategy that aims to reduce community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in Toronto by 2040. One of Transform TO goals is to meet 50 percent of community-wide energy with renewable or low-carbon sources by 2030. The SolarTO program was developed to accelerate the uptake of solar in the community. The presentation will give a brief overview of the Solar TO program, followed by a description of the SolarTO Map.
The SolarTO Map is an interactive online mapping tool that enables Toronto’s residents and businesses to quickly estimate the rooftop solar potential of their buildings. The map generates an estimate of your system size, cost, savings, payback period, and more. The mapping tool was created through a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis of Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data.
The Geospatial Competency Centre (GCC) will show a demonstration of their new and improved version of the Toronto Maps app. Toronto Maps is an Internet mapping application that provides a window to explore the most current geographic data about the City of Toronto, geared to the general public. The interface provides a window to explore the geography of the city of Toronto, users can search for specific locations and retrieve detailed information about various geographic features within the City.
The new version of Toronto Maps provides additional functionality including the ability to search for layers, to add your own data from URLs or files as well as the ability to compare different years of imagery using the swipe tool or to search for the nearest feature (i.e. Hospital) using the Near Me tool.
The data presented within the application is provided by numerous stakeholders including City of Toronto divisions, agencies, boards, and commissions.
Peggy Wong completed the Bachelor of Arts with Distinction in Psychology and Sociology at the University of Alberta in 2018, and the Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Systems at Fleming College in June 2022. She is passionate about using GIS technologies to find solutions to social problems and make this world a better place.
Dulini Ratnayake is the Program Manager for Graphics & Visualization unit in City Planning. She has provided high-level GIS technical support and training across the Graphics and Visualization team. She lead the division’s Heritage Register update process, 3D Massing open data work program and initiated the Southern Ontario Municipal 3D Visualization User Group.
Scott Whynot is the Supervisor for Graphics & Visualization in City Planning, West District. With 21 years of experience in GIS in a municipal setting, Scott joined the City in 2021. He has experience with all things of mapping and enjoys fishing when he gets a chance to go.
Toni Papa is a Planner in the Park Development and Capital Projects Branch of the City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division (PFR). She uses her experience in GIS, cartography, and graphics to support Toronto’s Parkland Strategy, local parkland area studies, and the PFR Facilities Master Plan. And is a member of PFR’s Data Governance Working Group.
Danny Brown is a Senior Project Manager in the Park Development and Capital Projects Branch of the City’s Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division. He is responsible for implementing the Parkland Strategy, Toronto’s 20-year strategic plan for the growth and improvement of the parkland system. Other projects include master planning, development feasibility and review, policy development, and community engagement.
Matt Laurie is a Systems Integrator 1 and is an acting Planning Analyst with the Social Research and Information unit in the Social Development, Finance and Administration division. He is responsible for mapping, advanced data analysis, visualisation, application development, data and systems integration, and database administration. He is always dedicated to learning and advancing the latest GIS and data technologies to benefit community development.
Ange Lin is a Business Analyst at Fleet Services’ Business Intelligence team. He has multiple years of experience in data analysis, visualization, and reporting using Excel, Python, and Power BI. Of course, he also enjoys using GIS to gain valuable insights.
Wayne Chu is the Manager of the Social Research and Information Management Unit and the SafeTO Collaborative Analytics Learning Environment in the Social Development, Finance & Administration Division, returning to the unit where he started at the City. He previously served as a social policy professional in the division, advancing files related to poverty reduction, equity, and inclusion.
Mat Krepicz is a senior analyst with the Social Research unit of the Social Development Finance & Administration unit with over 20 years of experience in GIS, demographics, and data analysis. As the project lead for the award-winning Wellbeing Toronto app, he’s delivered a multi-indicator mapping tool that’s used by community agencies, government departments, and citizens.
Rick Wu is a Project Manager in the City of Toronto’s Environment & Climate Division. He is responsible for the implementation of renewable energy projects including solar, ground source heating/cooling, the City’s Comprehensive Energy Retrofit Program, and the SolarTO program. Rick is a Professional Engineer and holds PMP and LEED AP designations.
Nageen Rehman is a Program Manager in the City of Toronto’s Environment & Climate Division. She focuses on renewable energy policy and implementation. She manages the Solar TO program. Nageen holds a Master of Environmental Studies – Urban Planning from York University and has worked over 8 years in renewable energy from non-profits to solar companies.
Scott Webb is a Senior Geospatial Consultant with the Geospatial Competency Centre (GCC). Scott provides consulting services to many City divisions to help navigate the challenges of implementing geospatial technologies while dealing with multiple platforms, software products, and data integrations.
The projects listed below are a small sample of the ways that the City of Toronto leverages GIS, geospatial data, and maps.
The SolarTO Map shows the solar potential of Toronto’s rooftops. Enter your address to see energy production potential including environmental and financial benefits.
Use the Park & Recreation Facility Projects map to find current and recently completed park and recreation facility projects. Filter projects by Status, Type, and Ward or enter your address to find out what’s happening near you.
Use the Swim and Water Play map to find schedules, reservations, closures, and service alerts.
Find out if your property is located within the small business subclass designated areas.
The City of Toronto’s engagement webpage on Transit-Oriented Communities (TOCs) – a Provincial program led by Infrastructure Ontario and/or Metrolinx to deliver mixed-use developments that are connected to, integrated with, or nearby to, new major transit stations including subway, LRT, and GO/Smart Track stations.
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