Communities in Ontario receive support for stronger asset management practices

From: Infrastructure Canada

That’s why the Government of Canada is investing over $361,000 today in eight new projects in Ontario communities 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.

These new projects will support progress in municipalities of all sizes, for example:

The Town of Milton will update its asset management plan to include all core municipal infrastructure assets (roads, bridges, culverts, traffic, and stormwater management). The plan will document all current asset inventory including replacement cost and condition, current levels of service being provided, a lifecycle management strategy, the amount and timing of future investments required to support the lifecycle management strategy, associated risks and risk management strategies and will identify and prioritize asset management improvement actions.

The Township of Stone Mills will develop of a state of the infrastructure and asset management Plan to identify deficiencies in the existing road and bridge networks and to prepare strategies to remediate these deficiencies.

Quotes

“Projects like the ones announced today will provide the planning tools and training to help local governments in Ontario plan for their future. These communities will undertake different activities to improve their asset management practices, resulting in data-driven decisions for their local infrastructure such as roads, bridges, parks, and water treatment plants. Canada’s infrastructure plan is resulting in thousands of projects, creating jobs across the country and building stronger communities.”

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 eight new asset management initiatives in communities in Ontario amounting to $361,280.

  • 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

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

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