FCM announces new program to strengthen infrastructure planning
Today, the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) President, Clark Somerville, launched a new program to strengthen infrastructure planning and decision-making.
FCM's new Municipal Asset Management Program is a five-year, $50-million program designed to help Canadian municipalities make informed infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices. The program is funded by the Government of Canada.
The Municipal Asset Management Program, which will be delivered by FCM, will provide municipalities with access to funding, training and learning opportunities to support better planning and management of municipal infrastructure.
Kate Fleming, the Director of the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) explained that municipalities own 60% of Canada’s physical infrastructure. MAMP is taking a formalized and integrated approach to consider the long-term needs of Canadian communities. MAMP will:
- Build awareness across the municipal sector, and engage with elected officials to help them understand the value of asset management.
- Formalize assistance and enhance practice by providing training to municipalities to help them assess their needs and start asset management planning.
- Provide project-based funding for asset management activities such as collecting information for a municipality's lifecycle costs, condition assessments, data collection, and integrating policy and procedures information. A peer-reviewed process will be in place to assess project applications submitted by municipalities.
- Leverage and amplify best practices and mobilize knowledge of municipalities by collaborating with partners and experts across Canada to leverage and amplify lessons learned – both good and bad – on aging infrastructure, including roads, buildings and bridges, competing priorities, and limited budgets.
- Budget 2016 announced investments over the next five years in infrastructure that protects communities and supports Canada's ongoing transition to a clean growth economy.
- To support municipalities' front-line efforts, the Government is providing $75 million to the FCM for the delivery of the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program.
- The Government has also endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $50 million to establish the Municipal Asset Management Program.
- The Government will provide more than $180 billion in infrastructure funding over 12 years for public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, transportation that supports trade, and Canada's rural and northern communities.
Learn more about PSD's Asset Management Services here.