Dhaliwal Announces $1.7 Million Investment InInnovative Geomatics Tools And Services

OTTAWA — Emergency workers should soon be able to pull up the best route through the city and other essential information on their mobile terminals. This is one of 12 projects receiving a total of more than $1.7 million in funding through GeoConnections, announced Herb Dhaliwal, Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), today. During these projects, national companies will develop innovative tools and services that ensure Canadians have easy access to reliable, up-to-date geospatial information on matters that directly affect their lives.

The funding is provided through GeoConnections, a $60-million, five-year initiative of government, industry and academia, led by NRCan, to put Canada’s geographic information on the Internet.

“Geospatial information and technologies help us respond to crisis situations, plan our communities and manage our resources better,” said Minister Dhaliwal. “Canadian firms are developing the innovative products and services that are in demand at home and internationally. Developing these products and services will also lead to the kinds of jobs that keep Canadians leaders in the high-tech, knowledge-based economy.”

CubeWerx Inc of Hull, Quebec, is creating the software to allow mobile terminal users to generate dynamic maps and feature displays that they can tailor to their needs. This will allow delivery of location-based information to anyone anywhere. In another new project, CARIS of Fredericton, New Brunswick is developing “Emergency Services On-Line — Dams.” This on-line information will help authorities monitor and analyze the impact of water levels on communities and infrastructure.

Many of the innovative, high-tech tools and services already funded by GeoConnections are on display today at the GeoConnections Project Showcase in Ottawa. The Showcase is an opportunity for Canadian companies to promote their products and services.

Funding for GeoConnections was provided for in the 1999 federal budget and is therefore built into the existing financial framework. One of the strengths of GeoConnections is its ability to encourage funding from other sources. For example, its investment of more than $6.7 million under GeoInnovations, one of the seven GeoConnections programs, has encouraged nearly $10.5 million of additional partner funding, for a total of more than $17.2 million in technology development. As a result, Canadian firms are now clearly being recognized as world leaders in geomatics, particularly in the areas of Web mapping and international standards.

For more information, media may contact:

Heather Bala
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
(613) 996-7252

Jeff Labonte
GeoConnections Secretariat
Natural Resources Canada
(613) 992-8609