Avalon communities in Newfoundland and Labrador receive support for stronger asset management practices

From: Infrastructure Canada

That’s why the Government of Canada is investing over $86,000 today in two new projects in communities in Newfoundland and Labrador through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), which is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on behalf of the federal government. As economies re-open, these projects will help communities make data-driven decisions about roads, water systems, buildings and other key infrastructure.

The municipalities of Harbour Main-Chapel’s Cove Lake and Wabana will each undertake similar activities to improve their asset management practices. They will electronically capture all major assets, including water distribution, sewer, trails, road networks, municipally owned buildings and structures. This work will help them generate preliminary state of infrastructure reports on life expectancy, condition and replacement costs of each major asset group.

Quotes

“The Government of Canada is proud to be investing in infrastructure planning tools and training to help local governments in Newfoundland and Labrador plan for the future. These investments in Wabana and Harbour Main-Chapel’s Cove Lake will help grow the local economy, strengthen the middle class and improve the quality of life for our residents.”

Ken McDonald, Member of Parliament for Avalon, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“Rural communities are the backbone of the Canadian economy and among the best places in Canada to call home. Smart investments in infrastructure help smaller communities to grow, strengthen their economies and improve quality of life for their residents. Through projects like those announced today, our government is helping to ensure that local leaders, especially those in rural areas, have the tools they need to plan for the long-term and creating stronger rural communities now and for generations to come.”

The Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister for Women and Gender Equality and Rural Economic Development

“Local governments own and operate nearly two thirds of Canada’s core infrastructure, alongside vital services, and they’re working flat-out to support Canadians through the COVID-19 pandemic. Strong asset management practices will help them make even better infrastructure investment decisions as Canada looks toward recovery. Thanks to a strong federal-municipal partnership, FCM is delivering programs from coast to coast to coast that help municipalities do what they do best: build better lives for Canadians.”

Bill Karsten, President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities announce support for two new asset management initiatives in communities in Newfoundland and Labrador amounting to $86,800:

    • Town of Harbour Main-Chapel’s Cove Lake – Asset Inventory; Preliminary State of Infrastructure Report and Related Training: $36,800
    • Town of Wabana – Asset Inventory; Preliminary State of Infrastructure Report and Related Training: $50,000
  • The Municipal Asset Management Program is designed to help Canadian municipalities strengthen infrastructure investment decisions based on reliable data and sound asset management practices.

  • It provides asset management training, funding and information sharing to enable municipalities to access the data needed to plan effectively.

  • The $110-million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada, has invested in more than 663 municipal asset management projects.

  • The funding is available through a renewed federal investment in the program, first announced in the 2019 federal budget.

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