Two Central Ontario communities receive support for stronger asset management practices

From: Infrastructure Canada

That’s why the Government of Canada is investing $100,000 in two new projects in Ontario 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 infrastructure investment decisions based on reliable data and sound asset management practices through asset management training, funding and information sharing.

The Township of Georgian Bay will provide staff training on asset management best practices and update and consolidate asset information into a central system that includes data on deterioration and risk modeling.

The County of Northumberland will define lifecycle investment requirements and level of service measures for core asset groups. They will also complete a storm sewer investigation to be used in the development of the county’s asset management plan.

Quotes

“These investments are providing the communities of Georgian Bay and Northumberland with tools and training to plan, build and maintain their roads, water systems, buildings and other key infrastructure for years to come. The COVID-19 health crisis has reinforced the importance of effective and modern infrastructure that support safe, sustainable and healthy communities. With a clear light of sight on their long-term needs, local governments will be able to make sound investment decisions on projects that contribute to cleaner, more livable communities for their children and grandchildren. Canada’s infrastructure plan invests in thousands of projects, creates jobs across the country and builds 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

“Municipalities are Canada’s builders. With responsibility over two-thirds of our public infrastructure-and as the governments closest to daily life for Canadians across the country-local leaders are building strong, vibrant, and sustainable communities. That’s why having access to the right tools and information at the local level is so important. It’s how we’re able to build better lives.”

Garth Frizzell, 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 Ontario:

    • Township of Georgian Bay – Asset management plan update and training: $50,000
    • County of Northumberland – Asset management data collection: $50,000
  • 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 660 municipal asset management projects.

  • 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.

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