The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has signed a five-year agreement under the ESRI Canada Enterprise License Agreement (ELA) program to strengthen the development of GIS technology in the province. The program provides affordable access to GIS software, maintenance, services and training over the term of the agreement.
Newfoundland and Labrador has applied GIS across government departments for several years. The system is used in the province’s water resource portal, which provides public access to valuable information including drinking water quality. GIS is used to locate and manage the province’s natural resources such as crown lands, provincial parks, protected areas, wildlife species and mineral resources. It also uses GIS to improve efficiency in business processes such as land-use planning and administering the Mineral Rights Administration Database (MIRIAD), an online system to manage mineral claim stake applications. The ELA is expected to help the province to further utilize GIS for a number of projects in the future.