MEASURING GIS MATURITY

The Geospatial Maturity Index (GMI) is a public sector benchmarking initiative to assist with GIS program development and capacity building across organizations. The GMI serves to audit existing GIS programs with real-time accurate and comprehensive comparative data for public sector organizations to compare themselves against their peer groups and track their progress over time based on specific core competencies.

RankOrganizationSizeTypeProvince/StateScore
1City of Calgary1001+Single-tier municipalityAB96.3%
2Toronto Police Service1001+Law EnforcementON94.7%
3York Region1001+Upper-tier municipalityON93.7%
3City of Leduc501-1000Single-tier municipalityAB93.7%
5District of Kitimat201-500Single-tier municipalityBC92.1%
6District of North Vancouver501-1000Single-tier municipalityBC90.5%
7Strathcona County1001+Single-tier municipalityAB89.4%
8City of Winnipeg1001+Single-tier municipalityMB85.7%
9City of Burnaby1001+Single-tier municipalityBC85.2%
10City of Mississauga1001+Lower-tier municipalityON84.7%
11County of Newell51-200Single-tier municipalityAB84.1%
12City of Cambridge501-1000Lower-tier municipalityON82.5%
12Grey County501-1000Upper-tier municipalityON82.5%
12Region of Niagara1001+Upper-tier municipalityON82.5%
15Halifax Regional Municipality1001+Single-tier municipalityNS82.0%
16King County1001+Upper-tier municipalityWA81.0%
17Ville de Montréal1001+Upper-tier municipalityQC79.9%
18City of Guelph1001+Single-tier municipalityON77.8%
18San Juan County501-1000Upper-tier municipalityNM77.8%
20Durham Region1001+Upper-tier municipalityON76.7%
21City of Burlington1001+Lower-tier municipalityON75.7%
22Municipality of Chester51-200Single-tier municipalityNS74.1%
22Municipality of the County of Kings51-200Single-tier municipalityNS74.1%
24Conservation Halton501-1000Conservation AuthorityON73.5%
25  Stark County IT1001+Upper-tier municipalityOH73.5%

TOP PERFORMING ORGANIZATIONS

1. Calgary, AB

Ranking: 1st  |  Score: 96.3%

The City of Calgary on how it provides its staff with professional development opportunities related to GIS:

“We provide opportunities for our staff to gain diversity in experience through rotations in job roles, backfilling for other specialized positions, and through participation in corporate-wide initiatives. We also host a formal community of practice that is used for both professional collaboration and skills development. Hundreds of hours are also spent each year by GIS staff participating in the above training and sharing their knowledge with each other and with external GIS staff.”

2. Toronto Police Service, ON

Ranking: 2nd  |  Score: 94.7%

The Toronto Police Service GIS Program identified an expanding team, with brand new product deliverables, a larger integration with open source GIS software, and the use of real-time data as the primary changes that will occur in the next five years.

3. York Region, ON

Ranking: 3rd  |  Score: 93.7%

York Region on how their organization provides staff with professional development opportunities related to GIS:

“We provide presentation opportunities, published articles, peer-to-peer training with other GTHA programs … and Toastmasters deliver sources through our digital academy presentations to senior management.”

3. City of Leduc, AB

Ranking: 3rd  |  Score: 93.7%

The City of Leduc has identified the primary aspects of a leadership succession plan they are in the process of implementing. They plan to update job descriptions to align with industry standards, develop an exam bank for testing potential candidates, and set up a mentoring program for existing staff.

Top Performing GIS Program in the US: King County, WA

Score: 81.0%  |  US:1 – NA: 16

King County has developed a workshop series titled, “GIS in Equity and Social Justice” where both GIS and non-GIS professionals can learn about recent trends in critical race spacial analysis through the use of critical race theory. This workshop series will help GIS professionals better follow the GIS code of ethics, which exist to “help professionals make appropriate and ethical choices,” to consider the impact of their work on society.

SNAPSHOT OF RESULTS

Average Overall Score:

59.5%

Average Readiness Score:

63.5%

Average Implementation Score:

61.4%

Average Impact Score:

52.3%

Top Performing Organizations by Staff Size:

1-50: Central Lake Ontario Conservation

51-200: County of Newell, AB

201-500: District of Kitimat, BC

501-1000: City of Leduc, AB

1000+: City of Calgary, AB

Top Performing Organizations by Type:

Upper Tier: York Region, ON

Lower Tier: City of Mississauga, ON

Single Tier: City of Calgary, AB

Conservation Authority: Conservation Halton

Other*: Toronto Police Service

GMI Participation by Organization Type

GMI Total Participation: 127 

TOP PERFORMING CANADIAN AND US ORGANIZATIONS

CANADA

UNITED STATES

RankOrganizationSizeTypeProvinceScore
1City of Calgary1001+Single-tier municipalityAB96.3%
2Toronto Police Service1001+Law EnforcementON94.7%
3York Region1001+Upper-tier municipalityON93.7%
3City of Leduc501-1000Single-tier municipalityAB93.7%
5District of Kitimat201-500Single-tier municipalityBC92.1%
6District of North Vancouver501-1000Single-tier municipalityBC90.5%
7Strathcona County1001+Single-tier municipalityAB89.4%
8City of Winnipeg1001+Single-tier municipalityMB85.7%
9City of Burnaby1001+Single-tier municipalityBC85.2%
10City of Mississauga1001+Lower-tier municipalityON84.7%
11County of Newell51-200Single-tier municipalityAB84.1%
12City of Cambridge501-1000Lower-tier municipalityON82.5%
12Grey County501-1000Upper-tier municipalityON82.5%
12Region of Niagara1001+Upper-tier municipalityON82.5%
15Halifax Regional Municipality1001+Single-tier municipalityNS82.0%
16Ville de Montréal1001+Upper-tier municipalityQC79.9%
17City of Guelph1001+Single-tier municipalityON77.8%
18Durham Region1001+Upper-tier municipalityON76.7%
19City of Burlington1001+Lower-tier municipalityON75.7%
20Municipality of Chester51-200Single-tier municipalityNS74.1%
20Municipality of the County of Kings51-200Single-tier municipalityNS74.1%
RankOrganizationSizeTypeStateScore
1King County1001+Upper-tier municipalityWA81.0%
2San Juan County501-1000Upper-tier municipalityNM77.8%
3Stark County IT1001+Upper-tier municipalityOH73.5%
4City of Lewisville501-1000Single-tier municipalityTX70.4%
5City of Longview501-1000Single-tier municipalityTX68.8%

TESTIMONIALS

“I participated in the GMI to refine my insights into how King County GIS compares to its peers and to help identify areas that we should target for improvement in the future.”

– Greg Babinski, GIS Marketing and Business Development Manage at King County, WA

“We continue to be a proud leader in the use, management and evolution of geographic information systems which enable The City of Calgary’s location analytics. Our success is not achieved independently – it would not be possible without our collaborative partnerships inside and outside our organization.

PSD’s GMI Rankings continue to demonstrate that our decades of focus on this valuable technology has positioned us well for today’s economic climate. Locational intelligence is the foundation for well-connected data and shareable data, enabling us to expand our Smart City infrastructure, utilize big data and continue to efficiently provide decision-support for citizen services. Not only does it provide a solid backbone for numerous City operations, but it also supports the growth of technology industries locally. The GMI Ranking gives us valuable insight and adds another benchmark to which we can gauge our effectiveness and efficiency. Last year’s GMI results helped us focus on areas of improvement and we’ve spent a lot of time refining our strategic direction to ensure sustainment of our core, reliable geospatial technologies.”

– Liz Findlay, Manager, Geospatial Business Solutions, Corporate Analytics & Innovation, The City of Calgary

RankOrganizationSizeTypeProvinceScore
1City of Calgary1001+Single-tier municipalityAB94.09%
2City of Brampton1001+Lower-tier municipalityON91.40%
3District of North Vancouver501-1000Single-tier municipalityBC89.78%
4Halifax Regional Municipality1000+Single-tier municipalityNS88.17%
4City of Leduc501-1000Single-tier municipalityAB88.17%
6Regional Municipality of York1001+Upper-tier municipalityON87.63%
7Ville de Québec1001+Single-tier municipalityQC86.56%
8City of Waterloo501-1000Lower-tier municipalityON84.41%
8City of Guelph1001+Single-tier municipalityON84.41%
10City of Oakville1001+Lower-tier municipalityON83.87%
11County of Newell51-200Single-tier municipalityAB80.91%
12City of Burnaby1001+Single-tier municipalityBC79.57%
12District of Kitimat51-200Single-tier municipalityBC79.57%
12Toronto Police Service1001+Law EnforcementON79.57%
15King Township51-200Lower-tier municipalityON79.03%
16Vancouver Police Department1001+Law EnforcementBC78.49%
16Capital Regional District501-1000Upper-tier municipalityBC78.49%
16City of Kamloops501-1000Single-tier municipalityBC78.49%
19Region of Peel1001+Upper-tier municipalityON77.96%
20City of Coquitlam1001+Single-tier municipalityBC77.42%
21Niagara Region1001+Upper-tier municipalityON78.88%
22Durham Region1001+Upper-tier municipalityON74.73%
23Township of Langley501-1000Single-tier municipalityBC73.66%
23City of Owen Sound51-200Lower-tier municipalityON73.66%
23 Municipality of Chatham-Kent1001+Single-tier municipalityOH73.66%