Quebec communities receive support for stronger asset management practices
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 more than $1.3 million today in 34 new projects in communities in Quebec 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 Batiscan will assess the condition of its real property assets that include its municipal office and garage buildings and its community centre. The collected data will be used to plan the corrective work required as well as the estimated costs allocated via its operating budget and the three-year capital plan.
The Municipality of Chénéville will carry out an inventory of road infrastructure assets to assess the condition of culverts and pavements, evaluate risks, determine maintenance activities required, and propose possible types of interventions over a 10-year period.
The Municipality of Saint-Damase will hire a consulting engineering firm to update the current data for its drinking water pipes, sewers and pavement infrastructure.
Details of all 34 projects are available in the backgrounder.
“The Government of Canada is proud to be investing in local infrastructure planning tools and training to help local governments across Quebec plan for the future. 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. Today’s investment will help build cleaner, healthier, more livable communities both now and into the future.”
Stéphane Lauzon, Member of Parliament for Argenteuil—La Petite-Nation, and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Seniors on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“It’s encouraging to see so many rural communities benefit from the Municipal Asset Management Program and build capacity in this area. Improved asset management planning empowers local governments to make smart decisions, which will help get their economies safely back on track and allow them to continue to thrive alongside their urban neighbours into the future.”
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
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities announce support for 34 new asset management initiatives in communities in Quebec amounting to more than $1.3 million.
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.
The funding is available through a renewed federal investment in the program, first announced in the 2019 federal budget.
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