Municipalities, cities and regions in Southern Ontario have built ConnectON - an asset mapping platform for the agri-food and manufacturing sectors. Using the platform, they have the ability to upload, update, select, sort and map their own data, as well as data provided through project partners and other sources. Data can be viewed regionally, encouraging collaboration with neighbouring municipalities. As the platform evolves, additional sectors such as forestry or tourism may be added and other geographies may join ConnectON.
ConnectON is a tool that has been built by economic development staff at the municipal level. Municipal business data is supplemented with provincial and other data sources to provide a comprehensive local and regional view of the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. ConnectON gives staff in economic development, planning and policy access to accurate and current business data that can be used to guide investment, identify trends and emerging opportunities, as well as understand the impact of investments on a regional basis. The ability to see a regional view strengthens collaboration for large investments in a sector.
Standardizing the way that data is collected has been one of the key accomplishments of ConnectON. With staff input, value chains are identified and businesses are allocated a Canadian NAICS code. In this way, data can be compared and analyzed with confidence. Through a common data sharing agreement, municipal staff have password access to their data, regional data and data provided through partnerships with key regional and provincial organizations.
ConnectON provided municipal and regional data to support research and proposal development for the recently announced UCPR Federal Slaughter, Processing and Distribution Facility.
- United Counties of Prescott Russell (2019, 2020)
ConnectON is an asset mapping tool that supports economic development, investment, and growth in Ontario's agriculture and manufacturing sectors. Want your municipality to get involved? With over fifty municipal partners across Ontario, your region may already be taking advantage of this great system. If so, we can help get you set up and using the system in no time. If your organization isn't a partner yet we'd be happy to discuss opportunities and how ConnectON can help you succeed. Either way, send us an email below and we'll be in touch!
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