Why is this needed?
There is a huge amount of time and resource wasted in collecting basic infrastructure information (name of the site, location, specification of facilities, access information, age of facilities, quality rating etc.), significant duplication between organizations, as well as a lack of consistency in information gathered. A central national database has significantly enhanced the effectiveness and efficiency of infrastructure planning decision making across other countries and it's now time Canada made this step forward. Better and more relevant information always available.
This tool is designed to centrally collate information over time, meaning every time this important planning information is required by an individual or organization, everyone is several steps ahead and doesn't need to start yet another spreadsheet list from scratch.
Neither CPRA or ActiveXchange take responsibility for the completeness or accuracy of data. The tool does include builtin data entry validation checks as well as information on data updates across an area, in order to guide the end user. Ultimately, the tool is designed to support an industry network to collectively continue to enhance the starting position for all when it comes to infrastructure data.
Who governs the initiative?
A cross-industry group led by CPRA.
When will the platform go live?
The current launch date is February 2022 with testing January. Pre-registered accounts will be issued in waves.
Who’s the database designed for?
All professionals and organizations who have an interest within community sport and recreational infrastructure. If your organisation is undertaking any kind of strategy or planning work this toolkit should be of assistance and leave a lasting legacy to improve planning decisions across your area or sport.
What data is contained?
Non-commercially sensitive data on sites and the facilities within these sites. The database structure has had significant input from the Project Group and will be reviewed on a rolling basis by this Group.
What will I be able to access?
Your account will enable you to add and edit details on any sites already contained within the database as well as add new sites. You will be able to analyze the data using the built-in dashboards, as well as export the data in Excel format. You must have a registered account to access the tool and data.
What system is used to manage the data?
A data and business intelligence organization called ActiveXchange has an existing online platform that is used globally by government, sport and faciloty operator organizations to access business and shared market insight. This has been expanded to manage this database, governed by the Project Group. The online platform is being launched with 10,000+ sites listed which includes authorized uploads from StatsCan.
Who owns and can access the data?
The data is open to any registered organization. You will require an account in order to manage, analyze or export the information. All changes to the database are tracked and timestamped and back ups regularly taken.
Who can access the data and tool?
For the time being the platform will be available to any individual who is a member of any of the provincial/territory member associations affiliated under CPRA, CPRA strategic partner organizations, Canadian national and P/T sport organizations, and Canadian municipalities.