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February 21, 2019


ICI Society 360LABS ParcelMap BC Workshops – Vancouver & Abbotsford

In early February, the ICI Society team visited the Lower Mainland to facilitate two ParcelMap BC 360LABS. Thank you to all those who participated in our latest series of 360LABS and a big thank you to the City of Abbotsford and Landsure for hosting the two events.

LTSA provided a comprehensive demonstration of their operational parcel management processes, helping attendees understand how quality improvements and subdivision activities are reflected in ParcelMap BC products over time.  This technical deep-dive provided participants with a strong foundation for envisioning how to make the best use of ParcelMap BC within their own organization and related mapping workflows.

Here’s what people are saying about the labs:

“The 360LABS Parcel Map BC Workshop was a great learning experience for me.  It was great to have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the people that are managing ParcelMap BC and get a better understanding of the overall updating process.  It gave me the chance to think about and focus specifically on our City’s current process, the pro’s and also the potential challenges we may come up against as we move towards adopting PMBC.  Moreover, as always, I appreciate having the opportunity to talk to other municipalities and hear about different approaches and opinions.  Overall, I came out of this workshop with more confidence that moving towards adopting ParcelMap BC will be a great overall benefit for the City of Port Moody.” – Kristi Smith, City of Port Moody

“The 360LABS – ParcelMap BC Workshop was a fantastic forum for learning about the ParcelMap BC Action Plan and collaborating with other municipalities.” – Pam London, City of Burnaby

The next 360LAB, hosted by the Central Okanagan Regional District, is scheduled for March 6 in Kelowna. If you are interested in attending or have questions for the ICI Society team, contact Steve Mark.


February 14, 2019


An Important Message from FortisBC and BC One Call 

As we welcome the BC One Call organization into the membership of the ICI Society, we’d also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone viewing members’ displayed infrastructure that this data has been made available for information purposes only, and as a resource for planning and design purposes. For any actual ground disturbance work, it will still be necessary to place a request with BC One Call to obtain the latest available ‘As Built’ records of any utility infrastructure prior to work commencing and to have the information provided in response on site while the work is taking place. Both WorkSafeBC and Technical Safety BC regulations mandate compliance with this process. Use of ICI mapping is not a substitute for using the BC One Call System.

Not having a BC One Call ticket for any physical work taking place exposes that excavating party to considerable liabilities. If there is accidental damage to any underground infrastructure, the damaging party could be held liable for costs associated with the ensuing response and repairs. These costs could extend beyond just cost recovery to repair the utility’s assets should other considerations come into play such third-party property damage, the unexpected loss of business income result or injuries. Having that BC One Call ticket number could very well prevent you from being exposed to any of these unwelcome prospects.

There is more information provided in a BC One Call response package than is typically available through the ICI Society data sharing services. Safety for your field crews will be greatly improved by having a complete understanding of where potential dangers exist, so it is imperative that your business processes include contacting BC One Call as a prerequisite to any ground disturbance activities.  Please take the time to forward this important information throughout your organization.


To access important information directly from BC One Call, visit their new landing page then click “Carry on to bconecall.bc.ca” to go to the existing BC One Call website to prevent damage to underground infrastructure and to keep workers and the public safe. 



Please take the time to forward this important information throughout your organization.


February 5, 2019


ICI Society’s 2018 Year in Review

In 2018 the Society Board of Directors developed a new vision statement reflecting the work of Society Members:

“Building collaborative networks to facilitate innovative, location-based solutions that support the economic, social, and environmental well-being of British Columbians.”

Reflecting this vision, the Society achieved great progress with a top priority initiative, ParcelMap BC Adoption. Widespread adoption of the Land Title and Survey Authority’s ParcelMap BC products will improve the speed and efficiency of land-related research, planning, coordination and business decisions. To support full adoption, the Society started the year ramping up outreach activities and custom delivery of ParcelMap BC products to Society Members.

Another key initiative for 2018, AddressBC Data Quality, saw extensive improvements through the collaborative work of Local Government and First Nations Members, GeoBC and DataBC resulting in a 98% correlation of AddressBC and the Provincial Geocoder.  This focus on address data reflects the crucial importance of Local Government and First Nations address data in AddressBC and its supporting role in emergency planning and disaster response coordination across the province.

Providing Members with the opportunity to learn, network and collaborate on these two key initiatives, the 2018 User Conference series visited seven communities in early 2018 reaching over 200 Members. As well, extensive outreach and rapid expansion of GeoShare processes through 2018 provided essential AddressBC Q/A reporting to address data providers and successfully provided customized ParcelMap BC data packages to Local Government and Utility Members.

With successful delivery of the ParcelMap BC product well under way, and AddressBC Q/A feedback processes in place, the Society turned their attention to supporting Members’ ParcelMap BC adoption planning efforts. Webinars with Local Government ICF clients, supported by staff from GeoBC, have been exceptionally well received, resulting in eight ICF clients adopting ParcelMap BC by the close of 2018 with many more anticipated for 2019.

Additionally, the Adoption Working Group, co-facilitated by LTSA and the Society, has also brought together participants from Local Government, Utilities, the Provincial Government, BC Assessment, land surveyors and other organizations who recognize the benefits of province-wide ParcelMap BC adoption. This opportunity to discuss challenges and dependencies around ParcelMap BC adoption planning has helped to frame and communicate early 2019 adoption milestones for the BC Assessment Authority and the Agricultural Land Commission; both identified by Members as custodians of key data-sets.

To enhance the networking opportunities of the User Conferences, a series of hands-on workshops for late 2018 and 2019 have been developed. At the inaugural 360LABS meeting in the Capital Regional District in November, Members engaged in a sleeves-rolled-up, SME-lead workshop supporting ParcelMap BC integration planning and adoption. Through 2019 these 360LABS will continue to support key initiatives such as ParcelMap BC Adoption and AddressBC Data Quality.

In addition to this exceptional Member engagement, a keen focus on data security increased with the successful implementation of a Utility Data Addendum that ensures shared Utility data is retained domestically.

2018 also saw leadership change, with Elaine Dawson, the Society’s President, retiring after years of service to the Society and David Major’s appointment as the new Board President. At the operational level, Keith Luft moved to a Board Advisory role from Executive Director and Ann Archibald accepted the position of Executive Director.


2018 Board of Director Changes:

David Major (Columbia Shuswap RD) – Elected President

Miki Shoji (City of Vancouver) – Elected

Genevieve Lambert, replacing Elaine Dawson for DataBC

Nelson Gillette, replacing Jin-Hwee Park for TELUS

Mathew Wood, replacing Piet Nooij for FortisBC Inc.

Dean Patterson, replacing Tinke Zandstra for Shaw Communications Inc.

Jacob Parakadan, replacing Anthony Herman for Enbridge Pipeline Inc.


The Society and its Members thank the outgoing Directors for their unfailing commitment to the Society’s vision.

Along with changes at the Board and Executive level, the Society also welcomed many new Members in 2018 including:

?Aq’am Seabird Island Indian Band
Acho Dene Koe First Nation South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority
BC One Call Ltd.  Stikeman Elliott LLP
Blueberry River First Nations Tsawwassen First Nation
Canadian Pacific Railway


Closing out the year in true holiday spirit, the ICI Society received a generous contribution of $250,000 from BC Assessment that will help to support the ParcelMap BC Adoption Grant Program once a full contingent of funding partners can be secured.

Thanks to all ICI Society Members for your support and participation in 2018. The Society Directors and Staff look forward to working with you for another successful year in 2019.


ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group Off to Strong Start in 2019

The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) and the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) held its fifth Adoption Working Group (AWG) session on January 16th to assess the group’s progress and identify priorities for the new year.

Overall, AWG participants reported that the working group processes and discussions deliver high value and help with their work to adopt ParcelMap BC. Suggested changes that are underway for 2019 focus on extending the value and reach of the AWG to all ICI Society members by:

  1. improving access to ParcelMap BC user education and related resources,
  2. establishing ‘peer ambassadors’ from participants as a channel to bring forward key questions from the community,
  3. increasing participation across the adoption stakeholder groups, and
  4. involving non-GIS users of ParcelMap BC to support workflows within adopter organizations.

The next session will focus on ideas presented by participating Solution Providers to help make the most of ParcelMap BC in adopter organizations.  Presenters will include DataBC and ESRI Canada with workshops targeted at unpacking the concepts into solution possibilities. Participants have been tasked to bring their ideas to the session: “If there was a tool or service that would address a challenge you have to adopting ParcelMap BC, what would it do?”

Have a suggestion for the group? Submit it before the next AWG session on Wednesday, Feb 20th by contacting the ParcelMap BC AWG facilitators at pmbc.awg@icisociety.ca.



January 15, 2019


Congratulations to the five new ParcelMap BC adopting organizations. Thank you for your support of a key ICI Society initiative!



Bulkley Nechako RD

City of Cranbrook

Kitimat Stikine Regional District

City of Grand Forks

Squamish Lillooet Regional District




AWG Identifies ParcelMap BC Adoption Plans for Key Data-sets

The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) and the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) continue to provide local governments with more resources and tools to facilitate the adoption of ParcelMap BC. As part of that delivery, the Adoption Working Group (AWG) held its fourth working session on December 16th.

An important task for the AWG is identifying and communicating adoption plans and progress for key data-sets.  The BC Assessment Authority and the Agriculture Land Commission’s participation in the AWG have helped the group better understand their plans for ParcelMap BC adoption.

BC Assessment has reported that the BC Assessment Fabric is currently undergoing adoption of ParcelMap BC as the main cadastre source. This process is expected to be complete in March 2019.

The Agriculture Land Commissions is also planning their adoption of ParcelMap BC with completion before April 2019.

Additionally, the LTSA continues to work with NRCAN to develop standards and workflows that support Federal Lands alignment with ParcelMap BC.

The AWG also focused the discussion on the need for more educational materials and clear documentation for ParcelMap BC data products, particularly how they compare to existing parcel data models. To assist with this, GeoBC has contributed an attribute comparison of Integrated Cadastral Fabric and ParcelMap BC.  Also, LTSA will be revising ParcelMap BC supporting documentation and resources for review with the AWG ahead of release to all stakeholders.

The AWG also reviewed the results of ICI Society’s inaugural 360LABS session, held on November 28th in Victoria.  At this workshop, local government participants developed personalized ParcelMap BC adoption workflows with support from peers and subject-matter experts.  Common themes of interest included new subdivision survey integration and locally recognized fabric improvements.

Outcomes from 360LABS will inform topics for future AWG working sessions by helping to prioritize and add context to current challenges and opportunities.


December 18, 2018

Wishing You and Your Family All the Best for a Happy Holiday Season!

Looking Forward to Working With You All in the New Year!


December 6, 2018

Highlights from ParcelMap BC Adoption

Working Group Session #3

The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) is pleased to report the ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group (AWG) met for a third time on November 21, 2018  to continue its work facilitating best practices for implementing ParcelMap BC.

AWG Working Session #3 highlights include:

  • BC Assessment (BCA) is ready to use ParcelMap BC as the base cadastre for their Assessment Fabric and we look forward to using a faster, simpler update process.  BCA is also interested in learning how we can work with local governments and other stakeholders to facilitate adoption.
  • Local governments rely on BCA data interoperability with their parcel fabric. ParcelMap BC does not introduce any new issues and instead can help drive opportunities for workflow improvement and efficiencies.
  • Opportunities around adoption include streamlining the information flow of data products between the LTSA, BCA and local government members.

Working Session discussions also included:

  • The LTSA’s recently released Spatial Improvement resources to support greater visibility into how and when candidate areas are prioritized for spatial improvements in ParcelMap BC.
  • ICI Society’s launch of 360LABS, a series of workshops to support its local government members to review their existing workflows and technology environments, and identify opportunities for ParcelMap BC integration.
  • The ICI Society and GeoBC are preparing attribute mapping resources to illustrate how the ICF and ICI Society Cadastre data models relate to ParcelMap BC.

The AWG is facilitated by the LTSA and ICI Society, with representation by participants from local governments, the Province, land surveyors and other stakeholder groups who can benefit from adopting ParcelMap BC.

The next AWG meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, December 19, 2018. Contact the PMBC AWG facilitators at pmbc.awg@icisociety.ca for more information.


360LABS for ParcelMap BC

The ICI Society Team kicked off the 360LABS on November 28th to an enthusiastic group of Local Government Members from South Vancouver Island.

This inaugural workshop on ParcelMap BC provided attendees with a chance to roll up their sleeves and get to work mapping out current and future, ParcelMap BC enabled parcel workflows with support from Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) from LTSA, BC Assessment, and GeoBC.

Brian Greening, Director of ParcelMap BC Operations, started the workshop off with an update on ParcelMap BC and the Spatial Improvement Assessment application that identifies areas that are slated for spatial improvements. Following up from Brian’s overview of the ParcelMap BC products, Tobin Pope, Parcel Fabric Technician from Landsure, gave a detailed explanation of how parcels are managed within the ParcelMap BC workflow.  This generated some lively discussion which provided valuable insight for everyone in attendance.

In the second part of the workshop, participants were asked to return to their parcel management worksheet to plot how ParcelMap BC would integrate with current processes, identifying key benefits, considerations, level of difficulty and estimated timeframe with each component. At the end of the lab, participants walked away with a “working” ParcelMap BC implementation plan that they could take back to their organization.

This workshop exercise also provided the ICI Society team with important feedback on Local Government’s considerations as they look to incorporate ParcelMap BC.

Thanks to all those who participated and made the inaugural 360LAB a success!

Stay tuned for the next 360LAB in your area.


November 20, 2018

ICI Society Members Get a GeoBC Assist With ParcelMap BC

Are you a local government ICI Society Member who currently uses GeoBC’s Integrated Cadastral Fabric (ICF) as your parcel fabric?  Are you wondering how to make the transition to ParcelMap BC?  Are you asking yourself, what are the necessary steps I need to take?  Have no fear, the collaboration team at ICI Society is here to help.

With the combined know-how and support of GeoBC staff and the operational team at the ICI Society, local governments currently using the ICF are making the transition to ParcelMap BC. Using customized webinars members now have the opportunity to ask questions, provide feedback and receive customized analysis on the best way forward for their specific needs.

Here’s what our Members are saying about the ParcelMap BC adoption support webinars:

“Dale Sparrow from GeoBC and Steve Mark from the Society have shown the path the City of Dawson Creek can follow to get the city data updated with ParcelMap BC data in a streamlined way. The webinar allowed the ICI Society and GeoBC to see how the city data is set up and the present workflow, which will make the ParcelMap BC integration process possible and painless.” Pierre Pelletier, GIS Technologist, City of Dawson Creek

Overall, the webinar support from the Society has given us clarity on the steps it will take to convert to ParcelMap BC, eliminating unneeded stress. The format of a webinar allows for greater communication and understanding between parties, and that was definitely the case with ours.” Lyndon Hunter, Planning Technician, City of Quesnel

“Collaborating with local governments and the ICI Society to better understand the needs of  local governments is extremely important to GeoBC.  Our goal is to hear local government’s concerns and offer feedback based on two decades of experience working with cadastral data on private lands.  We will work with our partners to assist them in understanding the impacts and benefits of migrating to ParcelMap BC.” Scott MacPhail, Section Head, Parcel Fabric Section, GeoBC

To register for a custom ParcelMap BC webinar please contact Steve Mark ICI Society, Technical Coordinator.

ParcelMap BC Spatial Improvement Assessment App Now Available

Further to discussions by the ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group (AWG) in October 2018, the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) is pleased to release a new resource describing Spatial Improvements in ParcelMap BC. This resource introduces a new app to visualize the assessment used by the ParcelMap BC Operations team to plan and prioritize spatial improvement work across the province, providing transparency to stakeholders on how and when improvements are applied to ParcelMap BC.

Spatial improvements can range from simple transformations that only improve absolute positioning (not relative accuracy), through to rigorous least-squares adjustments that involve a full survey network adjustment of both relative and absolute position. The ParcelMap BC Operations team targets delivery of spatial improvements for 1-2 Areas of Interest each month. A list of Completed Spatial Improvement Areas outlines those areas that have been updated. For participating stakeholders, positional updates resulting from spatial improvements are available as a Change Vectors data product via the ParcelMap Direct Service.

Learn more information about the data, as well as access Help resources for using the app. Customers can also contact myLTSA Tech Support with any additional questions.

The next ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group meeting will take place on November 21, 2018. PMBC AWG facilitators can be reached at pmbc.awg@icisociety.ca for more information.

ParcelMap BC Feedback Survey

At the ICI Society we strive to connect our members around common goals and provide the most relevant and up-to-date information on data-sharing initiatives that influence the way our Society members work together.

Please help us gather important information on how you, as an ICI Society member organization, are using ParcelMap BC by taking the ParcelMap BC Feedback survey.

Your feedback from this very short survey will help us fine-tune our outreach programs and shape our working group tasks to provide you with the best possible service.

 Click here to complete our survey.

November 7, 2018

Announcing New AddressBC Geocoder Q/A reports!

A new set of BC Address Geocoder Correlation Reports are now available for AddressBC, and the results show a correlation increase of 5% over the last period with an average correspondence score of 98%.

This is a direct result of the collaborative effort by address data managers and data consumers amongst the Society’s provincial, local government and utility members and the committed work of the AddressBC Working Group. Through this effort, the last quarter saw approximately 250,000 address inconsistencies resolved.

As part of the Society’s commitment to improving data quality for all shared data-sets, AddressBC, as an aggregated address source, undergoes regular Q/A checks against other key data-sets such as GeoBC’s Digital Road Atlas to ensure consistency of address information critical to the delivery of essential services. The Geocoder Correlation Reports provide address custodians with address-by-address metrics on how well AddressBC and the Digital Road Atlas, well, correlate. Read More.

PMBC Adoption Working Group Outcomes October 2018

The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) and the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) continue to provide local governments with more resources and tools to facilitate the adoption of ParcelMap BC. As part of that delivery, an Adoption Working Group was formed to act as a forum where participating organizations collaborate with facilitators to identify challenges and solutions for the successful province-wide adoption of ParcelMap BC.

The objective of the first working group session held in September was two-fold. First, the participants were asked what 3rd party data sources such as ALR and Federal Lands, are influential to the adoption of PMBC by their organization. Secondly, for members to gain an understanding of the LTSA’s Spatial Improvement application that demonstrates how LTSA rigorously defines and adjusts both relative and absolute positions of parcels through quality assessment and adjustment readiness. Read more.

September 25, 2018

Whistler Adoption of PMBC Recognized at MISA 2018

As part of their combined effort to provide local governments with resources and tools to facilitate the adoption of ParcelMap BC (PMBC), the ICI Society and the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) recently co-presented at the MISA BC Fall Conference 2018 held in Kelowna.

Leveraging the event theme “Successfully Navigating Change;” Steve Mark, Technical Coordinator at the ICI Society and Brian Greening, Director, ParcelMapBC Operations were joined by Vanessa Pocock, GIS Coordinator, Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) to present to an enthusiastic group of MISA attendees.

Brian provided an overview of the benefits of ParcelMap BC adoption, the operational currency, quality and feedback loop of the dataset, and how spatial adjustments are handled in PMBC. Steve addressed Society members access to PMBC and the availability of custom packages. The highlight was Vanessa’s presentation about how Whistler managed internal changes for the community’s benefit when they chose to fully adopt ParcelMap BC as their primary cadastral layer.

“The RMOW was excited to offer a look at the next chapter in our PMBC adoption story at MISA BC as a co-presenter with the ICI Society and LTSA. Both of these groups have given Whistler great support along this journey, and we were pleased to be able to discuss the benefits of not only these partnerships, but also of PMBC itself with the greater IT community of BC,” stated Vanessa Pocock, GIS Coordinator, RMOW. “As we move into adoption year 2, the RMOW is focusing on broader integration of PMBC with our enterprise systems, as well the continued improvement of layers associated with the parcel fabric. We are also very excited to be a part of the PMBC working group and are looking forward to learning from and working with our peers as part of the ongoing development of PMBC.”

“RMOW was the first municipality in BC to fully adopt ParcelMap BC as their primary cadastral layer,” added Brian Greening. “It was a great opportunity for other local governments to learn about RMOW’s experience, their recognized benefits and what they have accomplished since switching to ParcelMap BC. We look forward to working with RMOW and all local governments in BC to advance their adoption efforts.”

“The conference provided a great opportunity for ICI Society to touch base with its members and highlight many of the new customizations that can now be included within the PMBC packages. Thanks to Brian and Vanessa for helping to provide the full story of PMBC Adoption. Congratulations Vanessa and the RMOW for being the first recipient of the PMBC Adoption Certificate!” said Steve Mark, Technical Coordinator, ICI Society.

The Society looks forward to supporting more of its members towards adopting PMBC. For more information please contact Steve Mark.

ParcelMap BC integrates over two million parcels across the province, providing a current, complete and trusted visual representation of titled and Crown land parcels in British Columbia. It improves the speed and efficiency of land-related research, planning and business decisions through the current spatial representation of a given parcel and its relationship to adjacent parcels.

Read about Whistler’s adoption of ParcelMap BC.

ICI Society Welcomes Newest Member

Please join us in welcoming the Seabird Island Band as the Society’s newest member. They are located in the Upper Fraser Valley, three kilometers northeast of Agassiz, British Columbia. Seabird Island’s Halq’émeylēm name, Sq’éwqel, is translated to “Turn in the River”, the English name Seabird Island was taken from the June 1858 groundings of a transport paddle-wheeler “Sea Bird” on an island bar in the Fraser River, across from Seabird Island.

Learn more about becoming an ICI Society Member.

How often is ParcelMap BC Updated?

The ParcelMap BC fabric is continually updated using the best authoritative sources, including event triggers and attributions direct from the land title register for completeness. Attributions on titled parcels, Crown land parcels and the Crown land registry are also included.

Spatial representations are maintained based on digital Survey Plan Datasets submitted by land surveyors based on the legal plan filings as required by the Surveyor General.

As new plans enter the operation maintenance queue, the ParcelMap BC Operations Team will ensure the plans are registered or confirmed to continually update the ParcelMap BC fabric. Fabric updates are processed with a service target of two business days province wide.

Click here for more FAQ’s.

Mark Your Calendar

Annual General Meeting

Thursday October 25, 2018

 Watch our Events page for more details.


September 11, 2018

Notice to ICI Society’s Local Government & Utility Partners Province of BC Delays Adoption of CGVD2013

GeoBC would like to inform the surveying, engineering and spatial community within British Columbia that the adoption of the new Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 2013 (CGVD2013) will be delayed – adoption details/timelines will be clarified in the next few weeks.

GeoBC had previously delayed the adoption of CGVD2013 on January 1, 2018 due to a large amount of new precise surveying data in the Metro Vancouver region and the complexities of earth movements (plate tectonics) between the two precisely surveyed epochs.

The current delay is due to a problem discovered in the geoid model and orthometric elevations of federally published geodetic bench marks (BM’s) to which the Province has tied all of its conventional spirit-level networks.  The problem area identified is once again in Metro Vancouver, specifically in the Burrard Inlet/North Shore Mountain areas … an area where recent (Fall 2017) gravity measurements were taken by NRCan to assist in refining  the geoid model in that specific region.

Although this places many of our partners and stakeholders in an awkward and possibly problematic position (i.e. delayed adoption, additional communications, etc.); GeoBC strongly feels that adopting CGVD2013 at this point with recently discovered errors/biases would be worse than adopting the datum with known errors; and thus requiring correction and republication in a short period of time.

Similar communications have been sent directly to Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors (ABCLS) members from the Surveyor General’s office.

Further communication will be provided when timelines are provided from our federal partners.

Further updates on adoption can be found at …


Details on CGVD2013 can be found at the following link…


September 5, 2018

Enabling ParcelMap BC Adoption for Local Governments

The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society )is continuing its work with the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA)  to provide local governments with more resources and tools to facilitate the adoption of ParcelMap BC.

The ICI Society and the LTSA will be co-presenting at the upcoming MISA BC Fall Conference 2018 being held in Kelowna BC from September 10-13, 2018.

Leveraging the event theme “Successfully Navigating Change;” Steve Mark, Technical Coordinator at the ICI Society and Brian Greening, Director, ParcelMapBC Operations will be joined by Vanessa Pocock, GIS Coordinator, Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW). Learn about how Whistler managed internal changes for the community’s benefit when they chose to fully adopt ParcelMap BC as their primary cadastral layer.

ParcelMap BC integrates over two million parcels across the province, providing a current, complete and trusted visual representation of titled and Crown land parcels in British Columbia. It improves the speed and efficiency of land-related research, planning and business decisions through the current spatial representation of a given parcel and its relationship to adjacent parcels.

Join Steve, Brian and Vanessa at this informative 45-minute seminar.

Date:  Tuesday September 11, 2018

Time:  4:25 – 5:10 pm

Further to the announcement in July 2018, the ParcelMap BC Adoption Working Group (AWG) will meet September 19, 2018 for the first working group session. The AWG has been established as part of a collaborative plan to support the province-wide adoption of ParcelMap BC and will act as a forum for participating organizations to analyze challenges and identify solutions. AWG members include participants representing local governments, utilities, the Provincial government, BC Assessment, land surveyors and other organizations who can realize benefits from ParcelMap BC adoption.

ParcelMap FAQ’s

How do I obtain the ParcelMap BC datasets that will suit my organizations needs?

ICI Society members have the opportunity to work with our team to define a custom GeoShare package—including ParcelMap BC—that meets their individual specifications. The GeoShare package is delivered once-per-week and includes the latest PMBC snapshot for their jurisdiction with custom formatting to streamline integration with each member’s existing municipal software and datasets.  As well other ICI Society Member datasets can be included in the package.

Please contact Steve Mark to sign up.

Click here for more FAQ’s


August 13, 2018

Quality Address Data Plays an Essential Role in Coordinated Disaster Response

In the last few years, the province of British Columbia has experienced an unprecedented number of wildfires and floods resulting in thousands of British Columbians being forced from their homes. While some of these events affect only uninhabited regions, many others threaten communities, property, pets, livestock, and human lives.

The Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) is in an area that routinely experiences flood and fire emergencies. With approximately 6,500 square kilometres and an estimated permanent population of 35,000 residents (over 100,000 during the summer tourist and cottage season), the need for a coordinated response team was essential.

In 1999 the Shuswap Emergency Program (SEP) was formed with the amalgamation of three local authorities: CSRD’s Electoral Areas C, D, E and F, the City of Salmon Arm and the District of Sicamous.  The SEP is responsible for the direction and control of coordinated response to and recovery from a significant emergency event or disaster. The SEP team provides emergency planning, mitigation, preparedness and recovery for the geographical area which generally encompasses the Shuswap region.  SEP is a well established, active program of well over 85 volunteers and 45 local authority staff who are all trained in emergency management.

Click here to read the whole story.

Publication Announcement

The ICI Society recently teamed up with other organizations to create an information package intended to be a resource document to newly elected officials and new Local Government staff. The publication titled “Excellence in Local Government: Organizations Supporting Vibrant Communities in British Columbia,” provides a summary of organizations that support and interact with Local Governments in British Columbia.  It is intended to introduce and increase awareness of the activities and services performed by the participating organizations in support of Local Governments in British Columbia.

The ICI Society is proud to be part of this project and pleased to announce the release of the finished document. Click here to see the result of this collaboration created to support inclusive, safe and economically prosperous communities in BC.

New Member Announcement  

Please join us in welcoming the ʔaq̓am Community as our newest member. ʔaq̓am is a member community of the Ktunaxa Nation and situated in the Rocky Mountain Trench, in the East Kootenay region in southeastern British Columbia. The community rests alongside the St. Mary’s River as it approaches the Kootenay River, with the Rocky Mountains to the east and the Purcell Mountains to the west.

The Band is close to the centre of the Traditional Territory of the Ktunaxa Nation, which stretches over approximately 70,000 square kilometres within the Kootenay region and parts of Alberta, Montana, Washington, and Idaho. They are just five kilometres from Cranbrook, the largest city in the East Kootenay, a short distance from the Canada-United States border.

Learn about becoming a member of the ICI Society.

July 17, 2018

Important Notice

New Map Viewer Launches July 18, 2018

The ICI Society Map Viewer, version 3.0.2 will be available on Wednesday July 18, 2018. This version enables improved security measures related to Utility data. We have taken this measure to ensure that our Society is pro-actively responsive to our members’ needs as technology evolves.

Map Viewer users will need to:

  1. Update your bookmark.
  2. Remember that as of July 18, 2018 the older version (3.0.1) will no longer be available.
  3. As of 10:00 a.m. on July 18, 2018 you can access the new Map Viewer at this link: https://www.icisociety.ca/services/map-viewer/

Provincial Adoption of CGVD2013

The Province of British Columbia is adopting a new vertical datum / height system on August 31, 2018. The vertical datum (and associated elevations) will now be different and it is critical that this be identified on existing and new business data plans.

Refresher notes:

  • The Canadian Geodetic Vertical Datum of 2013 (CGVD2013) is realized through the CGG2013 geoid model
  • Accuracy of GNSS-derived elevations will be improved (in comparison to the HTv2.0/CGVD28 system)
  • CGVD28 will continue to co-exist during an indeterminate transition period. Both CGVD28 and CGVD2013 elevations will be available to users of the MASCOT website. By default, CGVD2013 elevations will be displayed; there will be a link provided on the long forms to access CGVD28 elevations.
  • Shifts between the two datums will vary significantly throughout the province.  Magnitudes range from a few centimetres, up to ~50cm.
  • In all cases it will be important to clearly indicate the reference datum on all data, plans and documentation to avoid datum usage errors.

By August 31, 2018, the Surveyor General Division of the Land Title and Survey Authority (LTSA) will be publishing updated Integrated Survey Area (ISA) listings showing both old and new datum elevations.  A circular letter will be distributed to all BC land surveyors providing further information concerning the new ISA listings.

GeoBC and the LTSA urge local governments to work with their consulting professionals (i.e. BC land surveyors, professional engineers, etc.)  to ensure that the vertical datum is referenced on all projects/deliverables that require vertical control.

In an effort to support all regional and local governments, GeoBC and the LTSA have submitted one final notice to the Link – the magazine of the Association of British Columbia Land Surveyors (ABCLS).

Reference websites:

July 5, 2018

Society Welcomes New Associate Member

Please join us in welcoming the South Coast British Columbia Transportation Authority (Translink) as our newest Associate Member.

Created in 1999, this organization delivers services through contractors as well as operating companies and subsidiaries like Coast Mountain Bus Company, British Columbia Rapid Transit Company Ltd. (SkyTrain) and West Coast Express Ltd.

Together with partners, stakeholders and operating companies, TransLink plans and manages the region’s transportation system as a strategic whole. They are dedicated to creating and sustaining a transportation system that meets the needs of residents, businesses and goods movers in a manner that protects the environment and supports the economic and social objectives of the region.

Learn more about becoming an Associate Member.

June 20, 2018

A Renewed Vision for the Society

Since the ICI Society was incorporated as a non-profit in 2001 the Society’s vision statement has provided direction and motivation for staff and members alike. Recently our Board of Directors has undertaken a series of Planning Sessions to help guide and re-invigorate our ongoing work to identify and solve complex data sharing and integration needs for the benefit of the membership.

As a result, a new vision statement has been created that reflects the full range of benefits of Society membership that goes beyond data sharing to include the breadth of our reach, the strength of our relationships and looks to a future built on a solid foundation of trust.

Building collaborative networks to facilitate innovative, location-based solutions that support the economic, social, and environmental well-being of British Columbians.

Learn more about what we’re working on.

Welcome BC One Call

Please join us in welcoming BC OneCall as our newest Associate Member. BC One Call is a province-wide non-profit organization established in 1994 to provide the excavating community, including contractors and homeowners, with a means to request information on the location of underground services which may be on their worksite prior to any ground disturbance or digging.

Click here to learn about becoming an Associate Member.

May 24, 2018

Register soon for USER CONFERENCE

Events Coming to your Area!

The recently held Prince George and Vancouver User Conference events received lots of positive feeback. We want to thank our sponsors URBAN Systems and Esri Canada as well as Prince George sponsors McElhenney and SparkGeo for helping us bring you these events.

May 10, 2018

ICI Society Welcomes New Project Manager

Please join us in welcoming Dennett Woodland to the ICI Society staff as Project Manager. Dennett has completed his Master’s in Business Administration and comes to his new role with five years of experience in strategic planning, project management and communications with a strong focus on change management.  Dennett also has a working knowledge of geospatial applications, including Esri’s ArcGIS and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards architecture.

“We are very pleased that Dennett has joined our team and we all look forward to working with him and to the skills, energy and knowledge that he brings to the position” says Ann Archibald, Executive Director.

Click here for Dennett’s contact information.

April 25, 2018

City of Kimberley Adopts ParcelMap BC

With the support of the ICI Society, Kimberley’s Planning Department has chosen to fully adopt ParcelMap BC (PMBC), the Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia’s current, complete and trusted visual representation of titled and Crown land parcels in BC as their primary cadastral layer. The adoption of ParcelMap BC has allowed Kimberley to improve the speed and efficiency of land-related research, planning and business decisions.

Click here to read the full story.

Customize Your PMBC GeoShare Package

Work with the Society to define a custom PMBC GeoShare package, that meets your specifications. The package is delivered once-per-week for your specified area of interest.  It includes the latest PMBC product suite and can include additional ICI Society member datasets.

Contact Us to find out more.

Elaine Dawson Honoured with the Roger F. Tomlinson Lifetime Achievement Award

Please join us in congratulating Society President Elaine Dawson for being honoured with the Roger F. Tomlinson Lifetime Achievement Award at the Esri Canada User Conference in Victoria. This award recognizes Elaine as a trailblazer in her promotion of enterprise data sharing and spatial data infrastructure development.

The award was created as a tribute to Dr. Roger F. Tomlinson O.C., a visionary geographer who conceived and developed the first geographic information system (GIS) and became known as the ‘father of GIS’. This accolade recognizes individuals for their outstanding achievement and contribution to the GIS community during their career.

“We have had the great pleasure of working with Elaine Dawson in her capacity as a Director on the ICI Society Board, and as President of the ICI Society and have been inspired by Elaine’s commitment to open data and data sharing initiatives.  Elaine’s support, engagement and vision over the years has contributed greatly to the Society’s continued success and growth,” states Ann Archibald, Executive Director, ICI Society.


Terrace User Conference a Hit with Attendees

The ICI Society User Conference event in Terrace wrapped up last week.  A big thanks to our sponsors Urban Systems, Esri Canada and to regional sponsor Terrace Real Estate Company.

Here is just sample of the feedback we received…

“Working in the GIS field in a smaller municipality, you are often a department of one, with very few colleagues around to discuss your work with or to help troubleshoot when something goes wrong. Getting together with other ICI Society members from my region to discuss the current issues we are dealing with at a local level allows me to share and learn from others in a unique and invaluable way. I truly enjoy this conference every time and always learn something new.”

Rheannon Brooks, GIS Coordinator, City of Prince Rupert

“Steve Mark has bought the A-team to the Northwest once again. Much appreciated”

Eva Kerby, Corodinator Mapping/GIS Kitimat-Stikine Regional District

“This was an extremely useful user conference to get everyone together and see what work is being done and where we need to get to. We are already in the process of adding our parcels to the ICI Society Cadastre and will be generating points for address sharing.”

Kim Sandve, GIS Technician, Nisga’a Lisims Government

Click here to find out more about ICI Society Events.

Registration Now Open for VANCOUVER!

Our Vancouver User Conference is scheduled for Thursday May 17, 2018. Use the link below to sign up.

Registration Now Open for Prince George on Wednesday May 9, 2018. Use the link below to sign up.

Its Not Too Late!

Space is still available for the User Conference in Terrace on Wednesday April 18, 2018.

Click here to learn more about ICI Society User Conferences, download agendas and read about our most recent events in Kelowna, Nanaimo and Victoria.

We look forward to welcoming you to one of our upcoming events!

Utilities Adoption of ParcelMap BC

The utilities of BC with ICI Society Board representation, including BC Hydro, Enbridge, FortisBC, Shaw and TELUS are all working towards adopting ParcelMap BC (PMBC) as their primary cadastral fabric. The utility group plans to meet regularly to collaborate on adoption, leveraging each others implementation experience to help all utilities achieve their PMBC adoption goals.

In the weeks to come, we’ll be updating you on their progress. Watch your ICI Society newsletter for more information.

Click to learn more about PMBC.

OpenNorth’s Open Smart Cities in Canada: Webinar 3 – April 17, 2018

This interactive webinar will present findings from OpenNorth’s Open Smart Cities in Canada project. We will present a first ever definition for an Open Smart City and the Open Smart Cities Guide V1.0, informed by research conducted in Canada and an examination of international best practices.

Click here to learn more about this event and to register.

April 4, 2018

Register Now for Terrace & Prince George User Conference Events

Three User Conference events, in Victoria, Nanaimo and Kelowna have continued our theme of “Getting the Most from your Membership”.  All events have been well attended and have provided a great environment for learning about ParcelMap BC adoption, finding out about Society grants, staying up-to-date and sharing information.

A key topic for these events is ParcelMap BC (PMBC) adoption with Brian Greening from the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC (LTSA) leading his popular myth-busting discussion and Dave Orlando from the Central Okanagan Regional District (CORD) speaking about CORD’s development of scripting to compare CORD parcel counts with PMBC. This information was so well received that Dave has since shared his script with other members.

Our other key focus for the User Conferences this year is AddressBC data quality with Carol Ogborne and Colin Newall presenting a consumer’s view of AddressBC and the importance of accuracy to Emergency Services. These sessions resulted in new sign-ups for AddressBC QA reports and CivicSpatial grants that support the use of AddressBC QA reporting provided by the Society.  Attendees learned how results from the Geocoder QA reports can be used to directly improve address data quality for 911 services.

This year we have been offering sponsorships for our User Conferences and we would like to extend our thanks to our Kelowna sponsor, Esri Canada.

We’re also pleased to announce that Urban Systems and Esri Canada will be supporting the next five ICI Society User Conferences as Global Sponsors. We look forward to welcoming them at all our 2018 events. Thanks to Urban Systems and Esri Canada for their support.

In addition, we would like to extend our thanks to the following Regional Sponsors; Terrace Real Estate Company, McElhanney,  SparkGeo Consulting and Columbia Basin Trust.

March 14, 2018

AddressBC:  A Consumers Point of View of AddressBC Information

The Integrated Cadastral Information Society (ICI Society) is well into the 2018 User Conference Series with two events successfully completed and more scheduled. Carol Ogborne, one of our featured guest speakers, has provided a short article on GeoBC’s use of AddressBC and GeoShare products, highlighting how these tools and the additional support of AddressBC QA Grant funding  work to improve the accuracy of address data that is essential for first responders. 

Additional links to information about AddressBC appear at the end of this article.


Carol Ogborne

Section Head, Base Mapping and Cadastre

Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations & Rural Development, GeoBC

The Ministry of Forests, Land, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, GeoBC Branch utilizes the AddressBC product, provided by the ICI Society for several aspects of its day-to-day workflow. AddressBC is a central, aggregated, accessible, point-based, civic address registry for British Columbia available to members of the ICI Society. The addressing information provided by the local government addressing authorities is utilized to provide support during all emergency response situations that the province supports such as Wildfires and Spring Freshets. The data is also utilized daily to ensure that the road address ranges are correct for all of the E911 products that the branch supports.

GeoBC provides support to ECOMM 911 and its partner agencies, the RCMP, BC Ambulance Service and ICBC with various data products that are used to support first responders and accident statistic reporting.  The ranges used on the roads are theoretical addressing where 100m addressing and/or 100 block addressing is assigned to road segments.  This ensures that if a new address is added to a road segment before the updates are pushed out to clients, that the address will likely already be contained on the road segment to ensure proper E911 response between deliveries.

Click here to read the whole story.

User Conference Schedule

Check out our Events page and note the date and venue of the ICI Society User Conference in your area. Events are scheduled for the following areas. Registration links will be available soon.

  • Terrace
  • Prince George
  • Vancouver
  • Cranbrook
  • Fort St. John

March 6, 3018

ICI Society Announces Leadership Change

The Board of Directors of the ICI Society wish to announce that effective immediately, Keith Luft will be shifting from his role as Executive Director to an advisory role focused on long-term strategy and Ann Archibald will be assuming the role of Executive Director.

Ann brings continuity and in-depth knowledge from over 9 years of experience within the Society and was instrumental in facilitating a seamless transition during her tenure as Acting Executive Director in 2017. Ann has a strong background in non-profit management with 5 years prior experience as Executive Director of the Cowichan Land Trust.

“Ann presents a perfect balance of leadership energy as well as tremendous experience and insight within the organization. Our congratulations to Ann,” says Elaine Dawson, President, ICI Society.

“On behalf of the ICI Society Board I wish to thank Keith for his efforts and leadership in the Executive Director role. I am excited about the opportunities to continue to work with him in developing a focused and strategic long-term plan for the Society,” states Elaine Dawson. “We are fortunate to have such a talented operations, leadership and Board team to move us forward!”

ICI Society Welcomes New Member

Please join us in welcoming our newest member, the Blueberry River First Nation. The BFRFN are located in northeastern British Columbia and are a member of the Treaty 8 First Nations. A proud and unified people, they work together as a self-governing nation to ensure enhanced quality of life for current and future generations to develop a sustainable, self reliant and vibrant community that is built upon their traditional and forward thinking values.

Click here to learn more about membership.

January 31, 2018

Kicking off the 2018 ICI Society Conference Series – Nanaimo

The first ICI Society User Conference of 2018, hosted by the e City of Nanaimo on January 24th continued our “Getting the Most from your Membership” theme and was attended by members from Campbell River, Comox, Nanaimo, Port Alberni, Sooke, Victoria, Vancouver, and Whistler.

Society Members from the Land Title and Survey Authority of BC (LTSA) and the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) spoke about ParcelMap BC (PMBC) Adoption. Brian Greening from LTSA lead a PMBC myth-busting session and addressed member questions. Vanessa Pocock, GIS Coordinator from RMOW, spoke about Whistler’s success and some of the benefits they have already realized as a result of their adoption of this new parcel fabric. Attendees also learned how Whistler GIS and ICI Society Operations worked together to define a custom GeoShare package—including ParcelMap BC—that meets Whistler’s unique specifications.

Learn more about PMBC adoption:

Our thanks also to Brian Kelsey and Michael Ross of DataBC who spoke about Provincial Geocoder use of AddressBC and to Carol Ogborne from GeoBC for her discussion about the Roads Network and AddressBC.

We will be announcing the dates and venues for future events. Bookmark our Events page and watch for the User Conference in your area. Coming soon – events in the Lower Mainland, Terrace, Fort St. John and Prince George.

Register for the Kelowna User Conference

Register for the Cranbrook User Conference

Sponsorship Opportunities Available Now!

If your company is interested in participating in our 2018 User Conferences as an event sponsor we want to hear from you. Sponsorships are limited and provide a great opportunity for almost exclusive access to our audience of local government decision-makers and influencers.

Click here to become a Sponsor

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January 24, 2018

Resort Municipality of Whistler Adopts ParcelMap BC

The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and three million annual visitors. Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Whistler’s vision: to be the premier mountain resort community as we move towards sustainability.

The RMOW became a member of the ICI Society (Integrated Cadastral Information Society) in 2008, but have had some component of GIS in place since the early 2000’s. Vanessa Pocock is the GIS Coordinator for the RMOW. Reporting to the Information Technology Manager at Whistler, Vanessa’s main role is providing support to internal departments through the creation of dynamic mapping products, the use of which allow the organization to better serve the community at large. Examples include the creation and maintenance of public-facing mapping products on the Whistler website like the Whistler Parking and Winter Valley Trail Maps.

With the support of the ICI Society, GIS at the RMOW recently chose to fully adopt ParcelMap BC (PMBC) as their primary cadastral layer.  The RMOW have now completely discontinued their use of the Integrated Cadastral Fabric (ICF), produced by GeoBC’s Parcel Fabric section on behalf of ICI Society. ParcelMap BC improves the speed and efficiency of land-related research, planning and business decisions through a current, complete, and trusted spatial representation of the cadastre in British Columbia. ParcelMap BC integrates nearly 2.2 million titled and Crown land parcels across the province, making it one of the world’s largest and most complex applications of survey-aware fabric.

Click here to read the whole story and to download a copy.

January 23, 2018

Map Viewer 3.0.1 Launches Today

The ICI Society Map Viewer, version 3.0.1 is now available. Our newest mobile-ready Map Viewer focuses on enabling ParcelMap BC (PMBC) adoption by Society Members. The PMBC Parcel Polygon Layer is now available to members through the Society Map Viewer for viewing and download.

Map Viewer users will need to:

1.  Update your bookmark.

2.  Remember that as ofJanuary 30, 2018,the older version(3.0) will no longer  be available.

3.  Click here to access the Map Viewer.

ICI Society Welcomes New Members

Please join us in welcoming our newest members – The Canadian Pacific Railway and the High Bar First Nation.

Incorporated in 1881, Canadian Pacific Railway was formed to physically unite Canada and Canadians from coast to coast and the building of the railway is considered to be one of Canada’s greatest feats of engineering.

The CPR played a major role in the promotion of tourism and immigration, as well as Canada’s war efforts and through the years, the railway grew and diversified to include steamships, hotels, airlines, mining, oil and gas exploration, delivery and telecommunications companies.

The High Bar First Nation is a First Nations government of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation, located in the Fraser Canyon – Cariboo region of the Central Interior of the Canadian province of British Columbia.

The High Bar people are known as the Llenlleney’ten. The Secwepemc in the Fraser Canyon and on the Chilcotin Plateau are also known as the Canyon Shuswap and have traditionally had close ties with the Tsilhqot’in people.

Click to learn more about our Members.

January 17, 2018


The newest version of the ICI Society Web Map Viewer will be available for your use on January 23, 2018. The release of the new version will signal the decommissioning of the current version as of January 30, 2018.

Please note that there will be a new URL for this version. So, if you have a bookmark setup, you will need to update it. We will be back to you with more information in the days to come.


Registration is now open for the 2018 ICI Society User Conference events scheduled for Nanaimo, Kelowna and Cranbrook. Hot topics for the 2018 User Conference series include ParcelMap BC Adoption and AddressBC Data Quality.

  • Our refresher on AddressBC best practices will help you ensure that first-responders are using the most recent and most accurate data, providing them with the information they need to optimize routes.
  • Learn about how early adopters of ParcelMap BC are benefitting from this new parcel fabric.

Register & Download agendas at www.icisociety.ca/communications/events