Rural communities in Saskatchewan 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 $137,840 today in three new projects in rural communities in Saskatchewan 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 Rural Municipality of Edenwold No.158 will assess critical unpaved roadways, review drainage and flood reduction in residential areas, and assess the rural municipality’s aquifer water source for current and future growth.

The Rural Municipality of Old Post No. 43 will develop an asset management policy, plan and database that will focus on its major asset group, gravel roads, but will also include bridges and bridge-file culverts, facilities, municipal utilities, and fleet.

The Town of Hague will collect data, assess the condition of linear assets and update the town’s asset management plan. A comprehensive GPS topographic survey will collect locations and elevation data of all manholes, valves, roads and sidewalks. Video inspection and flushing will be performed on the sanitary sewer mains.

Quotes

“Communities need the right training and tools to strategically plan, build, and maintain their infrastructure. These investments will help the municipalities of Hague, Wood Mountain and the Rural Municipality of Edenwold make informed investment decisions that improve quality of life, grow the local economy, and build more resilient and sustainable communities right here in Saskatchewan”

The Honourable Jim Carr, Prime Minister's Special Representative for the Prairies, 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 three new asset management initiatives in rural communities in Saskatchewan amounting to $137,840.

    • Rural Municipality of Edenwold No. 158 - Grid road assessment, Emerald Park drainage assessment and water & aquifer capacity assessment: $50,000
    • Rural Municipality of Old Post No. 43 - Asset management plan development: $39,840
    • Town of Hague - Asset management condition assessment and asset management plan update: $48,000
  • 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 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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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
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Email: infc.media.infc@canada.ca
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