The Government of Canada is investing in three new projects in Alberta communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), which is delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).
As economies re-open, these projects will help communities make evidence-based, data-driven decisions about roads, water systems, buildings and other key infrastructure.
“Investments like these will provide municipalities in Alberta with the tools and training they need to plan, build and maintain their infrastructure now and for years to come,” said Jim Carr, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre on behalf of Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. “The COVID-19 health crisis has reinforced the importance of effective and modern infrastructure that support safe, sustainable and healthy communities where all residents can thrive. With a clear vision of their long-term needs, Taber, Lac La Biche and Calgary will be able to make sound investment decisions on projects that contribute to cleaner, more livable communities for their children and grandchildren.”
These new projects will receive the following investments:
- The City of Calgary will collaborate with Ryerson Institute for Infrastructure Innovation (RIII) to develop a risk-informed asset management planning process for the city’s pedestrian network, which includes sidewalks and pathways. ($50,000 investment)
- The Lac La Biche County will develop an asset management program that will include training, development of an asset management needs assessment, an implementation plan and asset management policy. ($31,600 investment)
- The Municipal District of Taber will improve its asset management capacity and understanding of the services its assets provide by evaluating the condition and performance of all asset classes such as roads, bridges, water and drainage infrastructure. ($50,000 investment)
“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,” said Bill Karsten, president of FCM. “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.”
The $110-million MAMP, delivered by the FCM and funded by the federal government, has invested in more than 663 municipal asset management projects.
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