Communities in Alberta receive support for stronger asset management practices

News release

Ottawa, July 13, 2020—Communities need the tools and support to make evidence-based decisions that can help them plan a healthier, safer and more prosperous future for everyone.

That’s why the Government of Canada is investing $131,600 today in three new projects in Alberta 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, these projects will help communities make data-driven decisions about roads, water systems, buildings and other key infrastructure.

These new projects will support progress in municipalities of all sizes:

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.

Lac La Biche County will develop a program that will include training, an asset management needs assessment, an implementation plan and asset management policy.

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.

Quotes

 “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. 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.”

The Honourable Jim Carr, Member of Parliament for Winnipeg South Centre on behalf of 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

“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 3 new asset management initiatives in communities in Alberta: 

    • City of Calgary– Risk-informed asset management of pedestrian network (phase II: pathway systems and implementation): $50,000
    • Lac La Biche County– Assessment management program development: $31,600
    • Municipal District of Taber – Asset management: $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 585 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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Contacts

Chantalle Aubertin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-949-1759
chantalle.aubertin@canada.ca

FCM Media Relations
613-907-6395
media@fcm.ca

Infrastructure Canada
613-960-9251
Toll free: 1-877-250-7154
Email: infc.media.infc@canada.ca
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