Crowdsourcing

Mapping your community through crowdsourcing, Welcome to crowdsourcing at Statistics Canada a new pilot project!

Mapping your community through crowdsourcing
Welcome to crowdsourcing at Statistics Canada a new pilot project!

What is crowdsourcing?

Crowdsourcing involves collecting information from a large community of users, which can help improve how we collect information. It relies on the principle that individual citizens are experts within their local environments.

Crowdsourcing can save lives

Volunteers often use crowdsourcing with great efficiency during humanitarian crises. It can pinpoint disasters, water distribution centres, road closures and much more. By providing data about buildings and locations, contributors can support the efforts of first responders, relief organizations and governments.

Mapping Canada—one location at a time

Our crowdsourcing pilot project will focus on mapping buildings across Canada.

If you live in Ottawa or Gatineau, you can be among the first to collaborate with us. If you live elsewhere, stay in touch! Your town or city could be next. We are very excited to work with communities across the country on this project.

As a project contributor, you can help create a free and open source of information on commercial, industrial, government and other buildings in Canada. We need your support to close this important data gap! Your work will improve your community's knowledge of its buildings, and in turn inform policies and programs designed to help you.

An eye on the future

There are currently no accurate national-level statistics on buildings— and their attributes—that can be used to compare specific local areas. The information you submit will help to fill existing data gaps and provide new analytical opportunities that are important to data users.

This project will also teach us about the possibilities and limitations of crowdsourcing. Crowdsourcing data collection may become a way for Statistics Canada and other organizations around the world to collect much-needed information by reaching out to citizens.

It's time to start mapping!

Using your knowledge of your neighbourhood, along with an online mapping tool called OpenStreetMap, you and other members of the public will be able to input the location, physical attributes and other features of local buildings.

You can

  • visit the map editor application and start mapping
  • select buildings and provide information by filling out the form on the map editor application
  • place a marker if you know about a shop, service or business at a specific location, and fill out as much of the form as you can
  • map your own business.

Please note that this is a pilot project developed in collaboration with a community of stakeholders. As such, the open source application is in a testing phase and may not fulfil all of the users' needs with regards to accessibility. To subscribe to a distribution list for periodic updates on the project, and/or in the event of difficulties using the Web pages or applications, send us an email at statcan.crowdsource.statcan@canada.ca.

When you are ready, click one of the following to start:

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