That is why the Government of Canada is investing over $442,000 in 10 new projects in Manitoba communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on behalf of the federal government. The program aims to strengthen local infrastructure planning and decision-making by increasing local asset management capacity through investments in activities such as asset management training, technology and software enhancements and information sharing.
With funding from MAMP:
- The City of Selkirk will update all existing policies, procedures and supporting tools of its Capital Asset Management Program. It will also develop a multi-tier training program for employees to increase asset management awareness and ensure they understand their roles and responsibilities in contributing to a successful program.
- The Regional Municipality of De Salaberry will develop a consolidated asset management framework (asset management policy, strategy, roadmap, and plan) to inform infrastructure investment decisions, with a focus on roads, bridges, and culverts. The municipality will also train staff on appropriate principles for plan execution.
- The Municipality of Louise will implement a comprehensive inventory of asset data to meet new demands in response to higher standards of health, safety, environmental protection.
Details of all ten projects are included in the backgrounder.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the importance of effective and modern infrastructure that supports safe, sustainable and healthy communities. The 10 projects announced today ensure Manitoba municipalities have the tools and technology necessary to make well-informed decisions for the long term, enabling them to effectively manage their core infrastructure to meet their citizens’ needs, save money, and protect the environment. Canada’s infrastructure plan is resulting in thousands of projects, creating jobs across the country and building stronger communities.”
The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs 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
“Municipalities are Canada’s builders. They own nearly 60 percent of the public infrastructure that supports Canada’s economy and quality of life. With strengthened asset management practices, they are making infrastructure investment decisions based on sound and reliable data. Supported by our strong federal-municipal partnership, FCM is delivering programs from coast to coast to coast that help municipalities do what they do best: deliver solutions that work.”
Garth Frizzell, President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
The $110-million Municipal Asset Management Program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada, has invested in more than 830 municipal asset management projects.
MAMP offers funding, training, and resources to help small and medium sized municipalities improve their asset management policies and approaches enabling them to make solid infrastructure investment decisions.
To support Canadians and communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new stream has been added to the over $33-billion Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to help fund pandemic-resilient infrastructure. Existing program streams have also been adapted to include more eligible project categories.
The COVID-19 Resilience Stream will help other orders of governments whose finances have been significantly impacted by the pandemic by increasing the federal cost share for public infrastructure projects in a variety of areas including disaster mitigation and adaptation projects and pandemic-resilient infrastructure.
Furthermore, the Canada Healthy Communities Initiative will provide up to $31 million in existing federal funding to help communities adapt spaces and services in response to immediate and ongoing coronavirus-related needs over the next two years.
Since 2016, the federal government has invested $28 billion in over 18,000 infrastructure projects in communities with populations under 100,000. More than 6,100 kilometres of highways and roads, and 103 bridges have been built, repaired or upgraded in rural communities, and more than 3,134 projects are providing rural communities with access to cleaner, more sustainable sources of drinking water.