Ottawa – Municipal infrastructure improves the quality of life for Canadians, grows our economy, creates good jobs, and builds resilient communities. Today, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities and Joanne Vanderheyden, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) unveiled over $6 million in funding to 16 partner organizations to help municipalities make efficient and sustainable infrastructure decisions. Soon, these organizations will begin to deliver asset management training activities, including group learning and hands-on training opportunities, accessible to communities of all sizes across the country.
Local leaders and municipal staff will have access to ongoing training that is collaborative and encourages knowledge sharing across communities. The training will foster understanding and skills development through workshops, online sessions, presentations, and other activities.
Through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), FCM, on behalf of the federal government, continues to support municipalities with the funding, skills, and tools to build stronger, data-driven asset management programs.
FCM will work with partner organizations across the country to deliver asset management training. Selected partners are Canadian not-for-profit, non-governmental organizations with a mandate to serve the municipal sector and are ideally positioned to help municipalities develop and enhance their skills and knowledge. For example:
The Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick (AFMNB) will support municipalities in the use of a tool that will be used to geographically visualize municipal infrastructure data in a geoportal. This initiative will help participating municipalities more easily access the information and data that guide infrastructure decision-making.
NAMS Canada will provide a Professional Certificate course in Asset Management Planning to participants, providing them the knowledge and tools to be able to develop and interpret an asset management plan.
Asset Management Ontario (AMONTario) will deliver hands-on training that integrates climate change planning, including options for incorporating green infrastructure, into the asset management process to more effectively address climate change impacts.
Funding for the partner organizations’ grants is provided through MAMP, an eight-year, $110 million initiative funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
Consult the full list of partner organizations to obtain more information on training activities offered.
“Our Government is committed to supporting Canadian communities. These asset management training activities, delivered through the Municipal Asset Management Program, will help municipalities make strategic investment decisions and extend the lifespan of their infrastructure.”
– The Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
“New asset management tools and training help local leaders manage municipal infrastructure assets and make better investment decisions. MAMP assists municipalities in reducing risks associated with infrastructure and allows for more collaborative work between representatives from different communities. Partners will be able to share expertise and define what works to deliver the best results for our residents.”
– Joanne Vanderheyden, President, Federation of Canadian Municipalities
- Through programming and advocacy, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) serves as the national voice of local government, with nearly 2,000 members representing more than 90 per cent of Canada's population.
- The Government of Canada is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in infrastructure, including public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade-supporting transportation infrastructure, and rural and northern infrastructure.
- MAMP is a $110-million program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada, that has invested in more than 1063 municipal asset management projects.
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