The Government of Canada is investing in 30 new projects in Saskatchewan communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) 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.
“The COVID-19 health crisis has reinforced the importance of infrastructure that supports safe, sustainable and healthy communities. Everything from ensuring communities have potable water to internet access to park spaces requires good planning,” said Jim Carr, Minister, Special Representative for the Prairies on behalf of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Communities. “The 30 projects announced today ensure Saskatchewan municipalities have the tools and technology necessary to make well-informed decisions for the long term. Canada’s infrastructure plan is resulting in thousands of projects, creating jobs across the country and building stronger communities.”
Through $1.39 million in MAMP funding, the following activities will help improve asset management practices including:
- The Town of White City will develop an asset management policy and plan focusing on road, water and sewer network, and buildings to centralize asset information, and undergo training to improve in-house asset management capacity. These activities will ensure that the town has a solid asset management foundation and clear direction for the foreseeable future.
- The rural municipalities of McLeod, Willow Bunch and Hoodoo and the towns of Rockglen and Willow Bunch will develop asset management plans that include policy development, condition assessments and lifecycle analysis of their major asset groups.
- The rural municipality of Stonehenge No. 73 will expand on its asset management system functionality with a geographic information system (GIS). It will also provide applied training to staff.
“Municipalities of all sizes 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,” said Garth Frizzell, president of FCM. “Supported by our strong federal-municipal partnership, FCM is delivering programs from coast to coast to coast that help municipalities in Saskatchewan do what they do best: deliver solutions that work.”
The $110-million MAMP has invested in more than 830 municipal asset management projects.
For further information and details on all asset management projects, visit: Municipal Asset Management Program