The GWLIP’s Interactive Community Services Map helping to improve access to services
August 8, 2016
The GWLIP is thrilled to announce that its Interactive Community Services Map is now ready for use by newcomers, front-line service workers, and community organizations.
The interactive map is a web-based application that lets you view data in map form. It makes finding information and getting directions easy.
The user-friendly map includes the following four data sets for Guelph:
- Public and Private Schools
- Licensed Child Care Services
- Organizations serving Immigrants
- Health Care Services
You can view all four data sets on the map at the same time, or you can view them individually. The query and search functions allow you to locate specific services on the map. The basemap function gives you the option to see the services layered on a map with street view, so you can see identifiable landmarks surrounding a particular service (for instance, you can see whether parking is available or whether there are trees to sit under in the heat). You can zoom in or out, and you can even print the map as a PDF. Each service entry includes address, phone number, and live website links, whenever available.
There’s lots to discover in the map; have some fun and explore!
The Interactive Community Services Map was a collaborative effort between members of the GWLIP’s Access to Services Committee (ASC), which is working towards improving access to services for immigrants in Guelph and Wellington County, and the City of Guelph’s Geographical Information Systems department. All member organizations of the ASC will have access to the map to upload on their websites.
A user manual is being developed and is expected to be ready by the end of September. We will post the document here. Stay tuned!
A future phase of the map will include Wellington County services.
Please read our related post about how you can also download the data sets in CSV format, which would be especially useful for front-line service workers and community organizations.