Geographic and Effective Measures Services (GEMS)

is a collection of tools, resources and services to support voluntary sector groups and community members in Ontario to do program evaluation and local community based research to address local issues. From self-serve to full-serve, we have a range of supports to meet your evaluation and research needs, including:


The Socioeconomic Atlas

is an interactive georeferenced database that gathers, organizes and aids in the dissemination of public statistical data on population and social dynamics. The data consists primarily of the last censuses of Canada (2011, 2013 and 2016 ), as well as other data sources…


Effective Measures

A range of supports to design and implement your own evaluation or research, with a special focus on cross-agency projects to address complex issues.



Custom and self-serve mapping services: on-line, in print, or on your IT system.



Part of a national consortium providing a broad range of socio-demographic and socio- economic data with supports on using data.



Training on evaluation and community based research including toolkits, community workshops or training designed specifically for you.