In February 2013, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) announced that a contract had been awarded to Hickling Arthurs Low Corporation (HAL) to carry out a major study on the state of geomatics in Canada and the contribution of geospatial information to the Canadian economy. HAL's partners in the Canadian Geomatics Environmental Scan and Economic Value Study include ACIL Allen Consulting of Australia, ConsultingWhere of the United Kingdom, and Fujitsu Consulting (Canada).
Work during the first few months of the project was focused on finalizing the project management framework for the Study, establishing the working and reporting relationships with the NRCan Project Team and Project Steering Committee, and undertaking a literature review. The project momentum is now building and consultations with stakeholders in the geomatics community are about to get underway.
HAL has created the Canadian Geomatics Study website (http://geomatics.hal.ca/) as part of its outreach and engagement strategy for the project. The purpose of the website is to keep interested parties up to date on the progress of the Study and to invite community input. Interested individuals are encouraged to visit the website regularly to learn more about the Study and its progress, find out how to provide direct input, and participate in discussions about the geomatics sector and its future. While the current content is in English only, content in the French language will also be added to the site.