Measuring Main Streets


The following set of tools emerged out of the national mapping tool construction, offering a package of resources aimed at supporting deeper understanding and analysis of critical components of main street health. These tools can be used by anyone to dive into their main street context, however the qualitative tool by Open North is specifically designed for practitioners making infrastructure decisions. More tools are coming soon!

Mapping Tools


Main Street Demographic Map


Civic Infrastructure Provision Map


Housing Dot Density Map

Graphing Tools

This tool is only applicable for main streets included in a case study.


Main Street Visitor Recovery

Qualitative Tools


Main Street Data and Technology Project Readiness

Open North

The Measuring Main Streets platfrom (part of the Research Knowledge Initiative program from Housing, Infrastructure and Communities Canada) was developed by the Canadian Urban Institute in partnership with Environics Analytics and Open North.

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