News release posted on behalf of Federation of Canadian Municipalities
New training opportunities to help municipalities
optimize infrastructure investment decisions
June 28, 2018 The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) are proud to announce new training opportunities to help local governments across the country optimize asset management practices for the best possible infrastructure investment decisions.
Local governments of all sizes face the same challenge: how to manage existing and new infrastructure while dealing with competing priorities and limited budgets over time. The Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP) was created to support municipalities with the funding, skills and tools to enable more robust and data-driven asset management programs.
To do this, FCM is working with partner organizations from across the country to deliver asset management training. Selected partners are Canadian non-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.
Over the past year, 23 partner organizations delivered 89 training activities to nearly 3,300 participants from communities of all sizes in what was MAMP’s first of three calls for capacity-building partners.
Today, FCM is awarding $5.2 million in grants to 17 partner organizations to deliver the next phase of training between July 2018 and December 2019. The focus in this second round of funding is to expand the understanding of asset management and build technical capacity. Local leaders and key municipal staff will have access to ongoing training that is collaborative and encourages knowledge sharing across communities. The training will build competency through workshops, online sessions, presentations and other activities.
For example, The Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM) will offer training and technical assistance activities to municipal staff and elected officials in small and medium-sized Quebec municipalities to help them improve their asset management systems. FQM will also conduct outreach to enable knowledge sharing more broadly across the province. The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) is offering workshops that provide tools and processes for integrating climate resilience into municipal asset management planning. Asset Management Saskatchewan (AM-SK) is offering webinars and a three-day, in-person workshop on asset management planning and decision-making, that allows participants to develop a draft asset management plan using their own organizational data.
Funding for the partner organizations’ grants is provided by MAMP, a five-year, $50 million initiative funded by the Government of Canada and delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.
“The Government of Canada is proud of the work being done with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to support our communities and provide them with the right training and tools needed for them to plan, build and maintain their infrastructure more strategically. We are helping municipalities make informed investment decisions for infrastructure assets, such as roads, buildings, water supply and sanitation systems, in order to make their infrastructure dollars go further and contribute to a better quality of life for all Canadians.”
— The Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
“As local leaders, we all face difficult decisions related to managing local infrastructure needs. That fact isn’t going to change, but with new asset management tools, municipalities can ensure we’re driving the best possible outcomes for our communities — and for Canada. The collaborative nature of this program will see representatives from different communities working together, sharing information and discovering what works to deliver the best results for our residents.”
— Vicki-May Hamm, 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 Canada’s rural and northern communities.
In addition to the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), the Government has also provided FCM with $75 million to establish the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) and $625 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund (GMF).
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