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Northwest Communities Plan For The Future

McGuinty Government Invests In Data Collection Project

The Municipality of Greenstone and other small towns in the Northwest will soon have a new tool to help them get the information they need to plan for their communities.

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $299,000 to the Geraldton Community Forest organization to implement a password-protected system that will help users collect data and share information in a secure fashion over the Internet. 

The Community GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Solution project will be a valuable tool for municipalities as they guide the future growth of their communities.

Quick Facts

  • GEOMA, the GIS division of the Geraldton Community Forest, has implemented cutting edge technologies and innovative products enhancing the way data is archived, displayed and distributed.
  • The 2008 Ontario Budget commits to increase annual funding to the NOHFC by $10 million a year from $60 million in 2007-08 to $100 million by 2011-2012.
  • This NOHFC investment is provided under the Emerging Technology Program which is designed to encourage both the private and public sectors to develop exciting and viable new technologies that will contribute to future northern prosperity.

Additional Resources


“By improving access to electronic information, the GIS project will help municipal leaders make better-informed decisions and help their communities attract investors and new businesses”

Michael Gravelle

Northern Development and Mines Minister



Business and Economy Rural and North