Communities in Manitoba receive support for stronger asset management practices

News release

Ottawa, July 14, 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 $310,320 today in seven new projects in mostly rural communities in Manitoba 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, for example:

The Municipality of Killarney-Turtle Mountain has identified gaps in its infrastructure data, specifically regarding road network and bridge assets. With funding from MAMP, they will fill these gaps by collecting and compiling asset information into one central system, while receiving training and tools to collect and update asset-condition data.

The Rural Municipality of Brokenhead will document and consolidate information on municipal assets including culverts, roads, water and sewer lines, buildings, and bridges and then analyze the assets in detail to update their properties (life cycle cost, level of service) which will also improve ongoing record keeping.

Details of all seven projects are available in the backgrounder 

Quotes

“Everyone benefits from modern and resilient infrastructure that help make their communities even better places to live. These investments in seven municipalities in Manitoba will help them better plan, build and maintain their public infrastructure for now and for generations to come.”

The Honourable Dan Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs and Member of Parliament for Saint Boniface—Saint Vital, 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 seven new asset management initiatives in communities in Manitoba amounting to $310,320.

  • 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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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
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Email: infc.media.infc@canada.ca
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