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Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre



Acorn Information Solutions (AIS) is a division of the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre (SSMIC), and formerly known as the Community Geomatics Centre. It is a trusted information utility, community partner, and globally recognized, award-winning industry leader in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Information Management.

We deliver world class GIS and data management consulting to other communities and organizations, working both independently and with other private sector partners to deliver advanced solutions that allow customers to cost effectively reap the benefits of data and GIS. Our award-winning services include:data tree

Geographic Information Systems

  • GIS Strategic Planning, Consulting, Development, Implementation and Integration
  • Confidential and Secure System Design
  • Data Modeling
  • Network Planning and Architecture
  • GIS Web Applications
  • Spatial Data Capture and Presentation
  • Tools Development
  • Cartography Products and Reporting

Information Management

  • Consultancy and Solutions
  • Information Systems and Database Design
  • Data Capture
  • Data Analysis
  • Information Technology expertise

To learn more about what Acorn Information Solutions can do for you, 
contact us here by email.


With the right information, at the right time, clients are empowered with solutions to problems and answers to questions. Collecting and analyzing data is just the start. What we do with that data is provide solutions that work to serve the public.

Acorn Information Solutions provides data-oriented and fact-based solutions benefiting the public. Typical customers include health and social service agencies/providers, municipalities, public utility services, economic development agencies, and non-profit organizations in communities of all sizes. 

Here are some of our current clients and partners:

  • Algoma Family Services
  • Algoma Public Health
  • Algoma University
  • Child Care Algoma
  • Children’s Aid Society of Algoma
  • Christmas Cheer
  • City of Guelph
  • City of Sault Ste. Marie
  • Cochrane District Social Services Administration Board
  • CustomerFirst Inc.
  • Algoma District Services Administration Board
  • District of Parry Sound Social Services Administration Board
  • District of Sault Ste. Marie Social Services Administration Board
  • District of Timiskaming Social Services Administration Board
  • Fire Services - City of Sault Ste. Marie
  • Garden River First Nation
  • Group Health Centre
  • Health Sciences North
  • Huron Superior Catholic District School Board
  • Hydro One
  • Invasive Species Centre
  • LED Roadway Lighting
  • Manitoulin Sudbury District Services Board
  • Northern Information Technology Geomatics Cooperative (Municipalities of Michipicoten, White River, Dubreuiville, Chapleau and Hornepayne)
  • Northern Policy Institute
  • PUC Services Inc.
  • Sault Area Hospital
  • Sault College
  • Sault Ste. Marie Best for Kids Committee
  • Sault Ste. Marie Economic Development Corporation
  • Sault Ste. Marie Police Service
  • Sault Ste. Marie Public Library
  • Sault Ste. Marie Region Conservation Authority
  • Sault Ste. Marie Safe Communities Partnership
  • Township of Manitouwadge
  • United Way
  • YMCA


Graphic of industries and expertiseIn 2000, the Community Geomatics Centre (CGC) was formed to assist the City of Sault Ste. Marie and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) in the efficient retrieval, reproduction and analysis of spatially related municipal and utilities infrastructure. An award-winning Integrated Geomatics Model was developed, touted the most comprehensive in Canada, to support multiple applications.

  • Since its inception, AIS has built on its expertise and expanded to provide services to Health and Human Service providers and much more.

  • AIS's municipal/utilities solutions have been implemented by numerous municipalities and can be used by virtually any municipality and public utility application and applied to their needs.

  • Our highly-experienced consultants will provide your organization with strategic planning to ensure that your current and future information systems needs are met efficiently and effectively. Learn more about our team of experts here.

  • Acorn Information Solutions partners have bonded together in this cost sharing / benefit sharing partnership to improve the way they do business. Data sharing is undertaken in a secure and efficient manner within the limits of each organization’s privacy policies. This generally means data sharing at a postal code, neighborhood or census tract area.



Acorns start small and mighty, and get bigger and stronger over time. They are essential to the ecosystem around them. An oak tree’s roots and foundation are deep, sturdy, and one of natures greatest examples of strength and endurance.

Acorn Information Solutions is one of the most valuable sources of information helping us interpret the world around us – from geographic spaces, to public health and nutrition, to community and economic development – we are the building blocks of a strong, robust and well-informed public.

Acorn Information Solutions is rooted in excellence, built on the strength of its data and experts, and a strong community partner invested in endless possibilities. Today’s information solutions will influence decisions that will impact current and future generations for the better.