What's New

BC Economic Atlas Update: better tools, more data, improved functionality

June 19, 2017

The BC Economic Atlas has recently been updated to include new functionality to help streamline the way you can access spatial information and analyze and report on provincial map layers.

Some of the highlights include:

  • The ability to add your own local data to the map, e.g., KML, CSV, or GIS shapefiles. You can compare and analyze data that you have discovered from external open data sources or your own local sources against hundreds of provincial layers accessible through the BC Economic Layer menu.  Add your own data using the Upload Data button on the Maps & Data tab of the toolbar.
  • The ability to analyze an area of interest against 60+ map layers just with a few mouse-clicks. This new analysis and reporting tool can be used to gain a general understanding about key issues and opportunities that may need to be considered within a custom-drawn geographic area of interest.  Start analyzing now using the Preliminary Opportunities and Constraints Report tool on the Measurements & Analysis tab on the toolbar.
  • Search the Major Projects Inventory using custom search criteria or based on proximity to a location.  Use the results to produce custom PDF reports. To begin your Major Projects Inventory-based research, access the Search Major Projects Inventory tool on the Measurements & Analysis tab on the toolbar.
  • See the benefits of storing your data in the BC Geographic Warehouse – DataBC’s central government repository of spatial and non-spatial data. Some exciting new map layers include Tech and Science Occupations from WorkBC. This map layer is available in the Innovation and Technology layer group in the BC Economic Layer menu or  click here to begin exploring this map layer now.  Also recently added is the Mobile Business Licence Agreement Areas map layer, available in the Employment, Investment and Small Business layer group in the BC Economic Layer menu.

We welcome your comments, questions and ideas to: bcea@gov.bc.ca