The Land Title and Survey Authority of British Columbia (LTSA) was presented by Esri, the global leader in spatial analytics, with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award on July 12 at the annual Esri User Conference. Selected from over 300,000 eligible candidates worldwide, the LTSA received the award for its innovative application of technology, data collection, geospatial information visualization, and thought leadership through GIS to develop ParcelMap BC, a survey-aware, electronic map of all active titled parcels and surveyed Crown land parcels in British Columbia.

"The SAG Awards provide a great opportunity to showcase all the outstanding achievements of our users," said Jack Dangermond, Esri founder and president. "The Special Achievement in GIS Award recognizes exemplary organizations implementing spatial analytics technology to change the world. Highlighting the good work of users—in industries ranging from commerce to government—benefits the entire GIS community, and that's very valuable."


Alex Miller of Esri Canada, with Brian Greening and Mike Thomson of the LTSA

ParcelMap BC improves the speed and efficiency of land-related research, planning and business decisions through a single, complete, trusted and sustainable spatial representation of the cadastre in British Columbia. ParcelMap BC service channels offer easy-to-use and reliable access to this current and authoritative source of spatial data infrastructure supporting land administration and development. It enables lawyers, notaries, land surveyors, developers, realtors, local governments, utilities and other stakeholders to quickly view a given parcel of land, its relationship to adjacent parcels, and access extensive information about the parcel.

“We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of our various partners to complete this ambitious project,” said Connie Fair, President and CEO of the LTSA. “The initial build of ParcelMap BC now offers a sustainable mapping infrastructure that unifies and standardizes parcel information, enabling everyone to access and benefit from land information in British Columbia.”

The LTSA was one of 180 organizations in areas such as agriculture, defense, transportation, nonprofit work, telecommunications, and local and state government to receive a SAG Award. Esri staff annually nominate hundreds of candidates from around the world for consideration, and Dangermond selects the finalists.

Learn more about ParcelMap BC and how the LTSA is innovating through the application of GIS.