The Government of Canada is investing over $3.91 million in 88 Ontario communities and $660,345 in 15 Quebec communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

“The investments we are delivering through the Municipal Asset Management Program will help municipalities across Ontario and Quebec make well-informed decisions now and for years to come,” said Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities. “By leveraging innovative tools, communities will get a fuller picture of the state of some of their most critical infrastructure. Our Government will continue to invest in data-driven solutions to ensure sound management of municipal infrastructure.”

According to Joanne Vanderheyden, president, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, communities of all sizes are gearing up for life post-pandemic. “They’re working to enhance their infrastructure and natural assets so they can continue to have sustainable and reliable services to improve residents’ quality of life. Ensuring local governments have the right tools to make sound asset management decisions is one way we can help drive Canada’s economic recovery.”

In Ontario, with funding from MAMP:

The Municipality of Casselman will carry out an asset management review regarding the building, operating, maintaining, renewing, replacing, disposing and funding of its infrastructure. It will also allow for better control of its assets, which will lead to an improved prevention plan and support more efficient service delivery in the long-term.

The City of Richmond will implement an asset management strategy that includes a series of interrelated projects, tools and systems that will result in an asset management plan. This plan will improve capital investment planning and long-term infrastructure sustainability. The city will develop a decision support model as part of the asset management strategy decision-making, lifecycle management and infrastructure risk management implementation activities. The model will create a project prioritization methodology and consider various factors to provide a systematic approach to asset management investment decision-making, to enhance the city’s ability to manage long-term infrastructure investments.

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The Township of North Kawartha will draft an asset management plan, asset management policy and procedure framework, license, set up and training on asset management and capital planning software to better manage asset management inventory and prepare capital plans.

Further information on the 88 projects can be found in the backgrounder.

“The ability for municipalities to effectively manage and maintain the assets they control is key to healthy and thriving communities,” said Patty Hajdu, MP, Thunder Bay-Superior North. “Funding through the Municipal Asset Management Program will give municipal leadership in our area the necessary tools to make evidence-based and timely decisions. Long-term planning of critical infrastructure is vital to the everyday life of residents and crucial for a community’s longevity. This support is one of the ways that municipal and federal governments can work together for the sustainability and prosperity of our region.”

In Quebec, with funding from MAMP:

The City of Marieville will collect data on the city’s heritage buildings and culvert drainage assets that are critical control points for storm water management in a changing climate. In addition to collecting data on these assets, the City plans to assess the structuring of water management, roads and other assets to develop an inventory of critical assets for a potential asset management plan.

The Municipality of La Présentation will consolidate the dataset of the municipality’s aqueduct, wastewater and storm sewer systems into a database allowing the generation of a system map and components. A GPS survey will be carried out for the posts or valves of the service entrances as well as for the wastewater and storm sewer manholes. The municipality also plans assess hydraulic modeling of the aqueduct network, the validation of the model, the necessary simulations to identify the source of operating problems in terms of pressure and flow as well as identify the actions required to ensure an adequate level of service to the population.

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The Municipality of Sainte-Marcelline-de-Kildare, the Municipality of Sainte-Marie-Salomé, the Municipality of Saint-Félix-de-Valois, the City of Victoriaville and the Municipality of Saint-Barthélemy will conduct an integrity check of the main assets in order to help municipal decision-makers optimize the management of public infrastructures. This project consists of consolidating and developing a global portrait of assets through an integrated presentation tool (dashboard) and an interactive map, as well as implementing an asset tracking tool.

Further information on the 15 projects can be found in the backgrounder.

“Our municipalities provide direct and essential services to Quebecers every day,” said Pablo Rodriguez, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Québec Lieutenant. “This is why we continue to support them with programs that deliver tangible benefits to our communities. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been working to meet their needs and we will continue to do what it takes to give them the necessary tools to manage their municipal infrastructure and assets. Our Quebec municipalities, large and small, will always be able to count on us.”

Featured image: (Township of West Lincoln)

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