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In spring 2002, the Ontario Government (Ministry of Natural Resources), the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and Teranet Enterprises Inc. reached an agreement to gather information about Ontario’s estimated four million land parcels and bring this knowledge together into a standardized digital database — the Ontario Parcel database.

The Ontario Parcel database contains boundaries and identifiers such as Assessment Roll Number (ARN) or property identification number (PIN), which can be linked to ownership, and assessed value information for each individual property or “parcel” of land in Ontario.

Ontario municipalities and high-tech firms are the primary beneficiaries of the Ontario Parcel mapping. Among other things, the Ontario Parcel data can be applied to  property assessment and taxation, land registration, land use planning, land management and business planning. Both public and private organizations will find that the Ontario Parcel mapping is an excellent resource, that can work with other data to improve corporate planning, reduce costs, conserve resources, plan for sustainable growth and identify new business opportunities.

Licensed to municipalities at no cost, except for annual delivery and support charges, the Ontario Parcel data set is a one-stop source of maintained and easily integrated assessment, ownership and Crown parcel mapping.

The Ontario Parcel mapping is:

  • Readily accessible;

  • Comprehensive across the entire province;

  • Affordable;

  • Maintained through an integrated maintenance process using land registry, assessment and Crown data;

  • Easily integrated with land-related data from other sources.

For municipalities that currently use Geographic Information Systems (GIS), the Ontario Parcel data set has the potential to reduce costs by expanding the benefits of land information. Municipalities will be 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 a GIS capability, the Ontario Parcel mapping will provide the foundation data they need to move toward adoption of new land-information technologies. These municipalities will be able to use the Ontario Parcel data to enhance planning activities, make better decisions, use resources more wisely and attract new business opportunities and jobs.

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