Following a successful pilot program with World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF-Canada), Markham-based DMTI Spatial is launching its new “Charity Program” called “GRACE” Geospatial Resources Assisting Charitable Enterprises. This program was designed to provide charitable organizations and other not-for-profit agencies with affordable access to high-quality Canadian mapping data. This ground breaking initiative enables groups to benefit from the use of relevant data to fulfill expanding mapping requirements, recognizing the substantial contributions they make to society. As part of GRACE, not-for-profit/charity organizations will receive an enterprise wide license to access a suite of over 11 DMTI Spatial products, including CanMap Streetfiles, CanMap RouteLogistics, the Enhanced Postal Code file for Canada, the GeoPinpoint Suite, CanMap Rail and the 30 Metre Digital Elevation Model for Canada. The charity pilot program came about when WWF-Canada approached DMTI Spatial about acquiring data it needed to produce its ground breaking report on biodiversity conservation, The Nature Audit.
The Nature Audit, released in May, is a comprehensive accounting of the state of nature in Canada, the cumulative pressures on wildlife and habitats, and the response of Canadian industry, government and others to lighten the collective footprint on nature.