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Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre



CLIENT: City of Sault Ste. Marie and PUC Services Inc.PUC conceptual design

PROJECT: Integrated Geomatics Service Project (IGS), 1999-Present

The City of Sault Ste. Marie and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) of Sault Ste. Marie have implemented an enterprise-wide municipal and utilities GIS system. The conceptual design, development, implementation and support of this GIS system was contracted out to Acorn Information Solutions (AIS), formerly the Community Geomatics Centre. 

AIS also subcontracted to EDS Canada, ESRI Canada and J.D. Barnes Limited. Support for the implementation of the GIS was provided from the Mayor of Sault Ste. Marie and President of the PUC, to create a shared enterprise GIS solution that would produce cost savings for both organizations. This GIS system continues to be used as a tool for all municipal and PUC staff.

ESRI Canada has stated that the Sault Ste. Marie municipal and PUC GIS system is the most comprehensive in all of Canada, possibly North America. Nearly every feature that exists within reality in the community has been modeled and captured within the GIS.

CLIENT: PUC Services Inc.Street lights at night

PROJECT: LED Road Lighting Project

To keep the public up-to-date on the status of replacing the streetlights in Sault Ste. Marie with more energy and cost-efficient LED lights, the PUC called upon Acorn Information Solutions (AIS) to create a story map with information about the project, as well as a status map.  The map was updated on a weekly basis to show the progress of the project and to ensure it stayed on schedule. 

View the project information here.



social services logoCLIENT: District Social Services Administration Board

PROJECT: Early Years Planning Documents, 2017

Acorn Information Solutions (AIS) acts as the Data Analysis Coordinator for the District Social Services Administration Board (DSSAB) of Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma, and Timiskaming; and assists the Parry Sound and Cochrane DSSABs with their Early Years Planning. 

A collection of data and maps was provided in a booklet, including the latest Population, Family and Income data from the Census of Canada, programs and services available to parents and children, locations of Best Start Hubs and data related to visits, Ontario Marginalization Index data showing vulnerable populations, Socioeconomic Risk data showing populations with higher social risk, Family and Income data from the Census of Canada, Early Development Instrument data, EQAO results, etc. This data was provided to the organizations listed to aid future planning of EarlyON Child and Family Centres.

CLIENT: District of Sault Ste. Marie Best Start Network / Algoma Best Start NetworkChildren with caregiver

PROJECT: Our Children, Their Future, and Building Opportuniuties, Achieving Success - 2011, 2013, 2015

Our Children, Their Future and Building Opportunities, Achieving Success are bi-annual reports authored by Acorn Informatoin Solutions for the District of Sault Ste. Marie Best Start Network and the Algoma District Best Start Network. 

These reports are used to measure progress, and determine where work is needed over many indicators. 

Data, charts and maps are provided for these indicators under four sections: Community Overview, Health & Physical Environment, Education &
Child Care, and Child & Family.

The reports can be found here:

CLIENT: City of Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma Public Health, 2016-17Rat

PROJECT: Rat Reporting

An application was created by Acorn Information Solutions using an ArcGIS Geoform to collect reports of rat sightings in Sault Ste. Marie. Locations of rat sightings are reported by the public through a form, which collects a geographic location, along with information related to the sighting. The City of Sault Ste. Marie contracts the work to a local pest control company, who can log in and view the map of rat sightings. The pest control company can query out the reports that need to be addressed, and plan their distribution of services.

The Geoform can be accessed here.

CLIENTAlgoma Public Health Algoma Public Health Building

PROJECT: Food Access in Algoma

In May 2009, the Ministry of Health Promotion and Sport (MHPS) launched the Healthy Communities Fund, an integrated approach to improving the health of Ontarians.
The local Healthy Communities Partnership project was to provide coordination and support to bring people together to create a shared vision, identify key priorities, develop partnerships and networks and activate their communities to create healthy public policy. The two key Healthy Communities priority areas were healthy eating and physical activity that were to be supported by partners and individuals in the community.

The purpose of the Algoma District Food Access Maps is to identify if residents of Algoma have sufficient access to safe and nutritious food to support a healthy lifestyle. The maps help us identify the following:

  • Where can people purchase fresh and healthy food (e.g., grocery stores, farmer’s markets, farm gates, butcher shops)?
  • Where can people grow their own food (e.g. community gardens)?
  • What community resources are available to people who need help accessing healthy food (e.g. community gardens, food banks, community kitchens, soup kitchens)?
  • What policies could be adopted to improve access to fresh and healthy food?
  • Who are the key stakeholders engaged in improving the local food system?


The following publications mention Acorn Information Solutions (formerly Community Geomatics Centre) and the Sault Ste. Marie Innovation, or were published by the team.

    URSIA logo

MaRS Data Catalyst - A Data Partnership Fairy-Tale

Municipal MONITOR

Northern Ontario Medical Journal

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