July 16, 2020

Ottawa — 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 $196,000 today in seven new projects in communities in the Avalon Peninsula in Newfoundland and Labrador 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 municipalities of Heart’s Content, Heart’s Desire, Hant’s Harbour, Winterton, Glovertown, New Perlican, and Bonavista will each undertake similar activities to improve their asset management practices. They will electronically capture all major assets, including water distribution, sewer, trails, road networks, municipally owned buildings and structures. This work will help them generate preliminary state of infrastructure reports on life expectancy, condition and replacement costs of each major asset group. 

In addition, the Town of Bonavista will complete a risk assessment and prioritize its infrastructure for renewal and replacement to produce new refined state of infrastructure reports and capital projections.

Details of the seven projects are included in the backgrounder.

Quotes

“Everyone benefits from modern and resilient infrastructure that help make their communities even better places to live. We are proud to make investments in seven municipalities in Newfoundland and Labrador to help them better plan, build and maintain their public infrastructure for now and for generations to come.
– Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista—Burin—Trinity, 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 seven new asset management initiatives in communities in Newfoundland and Labrador amounting to $196,000.
  • 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.
  • The funding is available through a renewed federal investment in the program, first announced in the 2019 federal budget. 

Related product 

Backgrounder: Newfoundland and Labrador communities in the Avalon Peninsula receive support for stronger asset management practices

Associated links

Municipal Asset Management Program
FCM funding opportunities
Investing in Canada: Canada's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan
Investing in Canada plan project map 

Contacts

Chantalle Aubertin
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities
613-949-1759
chantalle.aubertin@canada.ca

FCM Media Relations
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Infrastructure Canada
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