A few days ago, the City launched its OpenData web site which can be seen at http://data.vancouver.ca/. You can download data for your own information and use without cost. The city has also added a few layers to VanMap of interest including improved transit lines and stations (Canada Line, SkyTrain, Millennium Line),
homeless shelters, and City Olympic sites.
From the site… By freely sharing its data in accessible formats — while respecting privacy and security concerns — Vancouver is joining many government agencies in moving to harness the energy and involvement of citizens, community-based organizations and private businesses in everything from creative community problem-solving to the development of new service delivery ideas and solutions.
And I like this part… This is a very exciting move for the City and represents a step forward in
supporting Council’s Open Data, Open Standards, and Open Source motion.