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GENERAL FAQs

Q1: What is the Ontario Parcel agreement?

A1: The Ontario Parcel is produced through a business agreement between the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC), the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) and Teranet. The goal of the agreement is to produce, maintain and make available standardized digital parcel mapping for Ontario: the Ontario Parcel database. The database will contain assessment and either ownership or Crown parcel land data, depending on the area of the province.

 

Q2: Why did MPAC, MNR and Teranet decide to build the Ontario Parcel database?

A2: Each of these three organizations currently collects and maintains some of the data required to create a province-wide Ontario Parcel data set. This includes MPAC's province-wide manual parcel mapping, components of the Ontario Government's Crown land and Ontario Base Mapping databases and Teranet's existing automated ownership parcel mapping (2.8+ million properties). There are many similarities among the three types of parcel mapping, and efficiencies can be achieved by coordinating their maintenance. In addition, users of the data will benefit from having a consistent definition of the three parcel types.

 

Q3: What are the costs to municipalities for using the Ontario Parcel data set?

A3: Municipalities are able to license the data at no cost. Through Teranet the only costs incurred by municipalities for standard deliveries of Ontario Parcel data is a modest delivery and support charge. Nonstandard deliveries may be available for an additional fee.

The Ontario Parcel, is also available at no cost through MNR’s Land Information Ontario (LIO) Warehouse to Ontario municipalities, conservation authorities, and provincial ministries. Eligible organizations must enter into the relevant license agreement(s) and become members of the Ontario Geospatial Data Exchange (ODGE) to access the Ontario Parcel data set. Municipalities wishing to access the ownership data must be licensed through Teranet.

 

Q4: What are the advantages of the Ontario Parcel data for municipalities?

A4: The Ontario Parcel data is a one-stop shopping source of standardized, maintained and easily integrated assessment, ownership and Crown parcel data. For municipalities that currently use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the Ontario Parcel data has the potential to reduce costs by expanding the benefits of land information.

Municipalities are able to shift their focus from maintaining parcel data (either internally or by contractor) to using it in support of municipal business (land development, planning, taxation, public works, etc.). For those municipalities that presently do not have GIS capability, the Ontario Parcel data will provide the foundation data needed to move toward the adoption of new land-information technologies. Municipalities will be able to enhance planning activities, make better decisions, use resources more wisely and attract new business opportunities and jobs.

 

Q5: Whom do I contact to get the data?

A5: For access through Teranet please call Richard Norris, Sales Representative 416 643-1035. Richard.Norris@teranet.ca

For access through MNR’s Land Information Ontario (LIO) Warehouse please contact:
LIO General Information/Support
Telephone: (705) 755-1878
Email: info-access@webmail.mnr.gov.on.ca
Internet: http://www.lio.gov.on.ca

 

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