New online tools streamline access to community data and investment opportunities
People now have access to two new online community planning tools, providing easy access to data-driven information and investment opportunities for communities across BC.
Available to the public and local governments, including municipalities and regional districts, the Community Information Tool and Community Investment Opportunities Tool provide central access points to community data, encouraging development economic and helping community planners and investment organizations thrive in the digital economy.
“I am excited to launch these new planning tools as part of our efforts to provide better, faster and easier service to Indigenous and local people, businesses and governments seeking community data online. of British Columbia,” said Lisa Beare. , Minister of Citizen Services. “Whether you work for a municipality or are a business owner, investor or community member interested in ideas and opportunities, these tools can give you access to important community data.
As part of the StrongerBC economic stimulus package, the Department of Citizen Services received $700,000 to develop the Community Information Tool, including industrial land data integration, which helps investors and planners identify vacant industrial land for investment opportunities. The Community Information Tool and Community Investment Opportunities Tool are part of a suite of data-driven planning tools being developed as part of StrongerBC to provide communities with accessible resources for economic and community growth.
“Community development supports our work to build an innovative, sustainable and inclusive economy for all British Columbians,” said Ravi Kahlon, Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation. “Across the province, we listened to the needs of local people for community planning resources. Simple and accessible tools like these will allow our communities to grow stronger and grow, helping to spur economic recovery as we emerge from the pandemic together.
The Community Information Tool combines over 40 public datasets, including census information, Data BC, the British Columbia Data Catalog and industrial land information into one visual resource. The tool allows users to collect location-based data that they would typically need to search across multiple websites. Categories include population, median household income, labor force, key sectors and connectivity. Users can also discover ideas and patterns among BC communities by using search filters for specific characteristics, such as economic health, access to education and health care, connectivity , infrastructure or emergency management.
Powered by the same database, the Community Investment Opportunities Tool connects investors to industrial, commercial and agricultural properties available for investment across the province. Community representatives can post properties available for sale or rental to investors. Interested investors can search for available opportunities by filtering by various criteria.
The tools will help economic planners promote investment and plan infrastructure, helping to level the playing field for economic development between larger, well-resourced communities and smaller communities that may not have similar access to market.
Roly Russell, Parliamentary Secretary for Rural Development –
“Meaningful community economic development relies on good information. So, especially for rural BC, easy-to-access and inclusive resources like this are invaluable in helping our communities thrive and grow. The launch of the Community Information Tool and the Community Investment Opportunities Tool will help people across BC who come together to recover and build back stronger. These resources will support innovative and creative community development, and we’re all excited to see that.
Graham Truax, Executive Director, Innovation Island Technology Association –
“Accessible and inclusive resources like these online tools are important for community development. The launch of the Community Information Tool and the Community Investment Opportunities Tool comes at a time when people across BC are coming together to recover and rebuild. These resources will pave the way for the kind of community building we all look forward to.
To access the new Community Information Tool and Community Investment Opportunities Tool, visit: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/governments/connectivity-in-bc/20532/ 20535
For more information on StrongerBC, visit: https://strongerbc.gov.bc.ca/