Lambton County Launches Geographic Information System

The County of Lambton launched its Geographic Information System (GIS) today, which will assist municipal governments, businesses, and organizations in enhancing their daily operations.

“Our GIS will be a powerful tool and will assist us in our ongoing efforts to improve efficiencies within our operations,” said Warden Todd Case. “This GIS will help us plan our services by knowing where our needs are greatest.”

Effective today, visitors at www.lambtononline.ca will be able to access maps of Lambton County through its new online atlas, commonly referred to as GIS or more locally as Sarnia Lambton Information Mapping (SLIM).

This online atlas shows property lines, public buildings like arenas and parks, and will allow farmers to use the nutrient management component to plan the most efficient use of natural fertilizer while protecting the environment. It will also compliment Lambton’s economic development efforts by indicating where vacant land is located, and its natural features.

The $1.5 million project began in 2000. The Lambton Mapping Group, representing 33 different municipal governments, federal and provincial agencies, conservation authorities, and private sector organizations, identified common needs, worked together to collect data, and obtain funding. The County of Lambton served as the project lead and funded approximately $650,000 toward the project. The Ministry of Natural Resources contributed $400,000 through its GeoSmart program, a program designed to support the implementation and enhancement of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in Ontario’s municipalities, First Nation communities, and Conservation Authorities. Additional funding was received from Human Resources and Social Development Canada, St. Clair Region and the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authorities, Union Gas, Bluewater Power and the Walpole Island First Nation.

Staff at the municipal level will be utilizing GIS to enhance its services relating to public works, planning and development, community health services and more.

To access the new GIS, click here!

For more information about Lambton County, visit www.lambtononline.ca.

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Contact:

Robert Wilks
Corporate Manager, Information Technology
County of Lambton
Telephone: (519) 845-0801 Ext-365 or 1-866-324-6912
Fax: (519) 845-3160
Email: robert.wilks@county-lambton.on.ca

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