Just in case you are wondering how your community fares when compared to other areas in all you need to now do is to visit peelregion.ca/planning-maps/nit/# to access the Region of Peel’s new Neighbourhood Information Tool.
Since June 13, this map-based online platform, has been offering residents who care to check it out detailed community statistics, services and locations, and ranks overall well-being. This data covers Mississauga and Brampton and will soon include Caledon.
That data is then combined to create an index score for each individual neighbourhood based on the following categories: Socio-demographics, economic opportunity, resident engagement and belonging, health, safety and physical environment.
It provides residents a quick snapshot of how neighbourhoods are faring.
The Index scores represent the measure of “well-being” for each CT. These scores provide a high-level indication of areas of the city that may require more targeted supports to improve neighbourhood conditions.
The tool also gives community groups and planners a glimpse on a map that shows existing amenities and services, such as community centres, schools, food banks, health-care facilities, libraries, places of worship and several others.
And to be fair, this online tool is user friendly and fun.
The data offered is very detailed and broken down into several individual indicators.
For those looking to understand the region even better and, in more detail, they can go a step further and compare stats such as poverty rates, average shelter costs, unemployment rates, education status, crime rates, ethnic diversity, housing condition health statistics and several other metrics.
It gives all residents the opportunity to get involved and stay involved in what is happening in their communities. Who knows, some great ideas could come from residents on how to make their communities even better. -CINEWS