Village of Eel River Crossing in New Brunswick receives support for stronger asset management practices

From: Infrastructure Canada

That’s why the Government of Canada is investing $50,000 today in projects in New Brunswick 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, projects like this one will help communities make data-driven decisions about roads, water systems, buildings and other key infrastructure.

The Village of Eel River Crossing is looking to improve its asset management decision-making process. The project will review existing infrastructure data in the municipality and data gaps will be addressed through a review of final drawings as well as field data collection. Asset condition will be determined through a combination of visual inspection (roads, sewers, facilities) and age-based methods. The information compiled will allow for the prioritization of assets based on the level of service of each asset and the creation of an investment strategy. Finally, the information gathered will be placed in decision tools that will be frequently referenced, reviewed and updated.

Quotes

“Local governments need the right tools to strategically plan, build, and maintain their infrastructure in order to achieve the best results for their community. This asset management planning project in Eel River Crossing will inform local decision making to help improve quality of life, grow the local economy, and build a more sustainable community for many years to come.”

René Arseneault, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages, and Member of Parliament for Madawaska-Restigouche, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities

“It’s encouraging to see so many rural communities benefit from the Municipal Asset Management Program and build capacity in this area. Improved asset management planning empowers local governments to make smart decisions, which will help get their economies safely back on track and allow them to continue to thrive alongside their urban neighbours into the future.”

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 a new asset management initiative in New Brunswick communities:

    • Village of Eel River Crossing – Asset management plan: $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.

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

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