No two municipalities are alike. Communities across Canada require different asset management training options that are close to home and specific to their needs.
To address these needs, FCM's 16 partner organizations are delivering 38 local asset management training activities, including group learning, hands-on and online training opportunities, in Canadian communities of all sizes. Municipal staff and elected officials will be able to access asset management courses (including certifications), workshops, webinars and coaching offered online and in regions across the country until November 2023.
These activities will help your municipality gain asset management knowledge and skills to support better infrastructure investment decisions. Activities include national training opportunities along with local events tailored to meet your region’s needs.
Benefits of asset management training
Participating in training and learning activities will help municipal staff and elected officials:
- Learn about asset management and how to implement practices using your community's data
- Incorporate best practices into your municipality’s day-to-day operations
- Implement approaches that will help your municipality make cost-saving and sustainable infrastructure decisions
- Learn from other municipalities and use customizable tools and templates
Find asset management training in your region
Below you will find information about:
- Our partner organizations
- Training and coaching offered
- Who should participate
Detailed training information will be available on our partner organization's website when dates have been confirmed.
Rural Municipalities of Alberta
Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA), alongside Alberta Municipalities (ABMunis) and Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta (IAMA), will advance the asset management conversation in Alberta through group learning activities that teaches participants to integrate asset management into organizational operations. RMA is planning training opportunities for both elected officials and municipal staff and will offer knowledge-sharing opportunities.
Atlantic Infrastructure Management Network
Online course, workshop series, coaching and events
The Atlantic Infrastructure Management Network (AIM Network) is continuing to support asset management awareness in Atlantic Canada through a number of activities that provide hands-on training to municipalities in Newfoundland, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia. Training activities focus on assisting municipalities that are just beginning their asset management journey and sharing good asset management practices, particularly to understand impacts of climate change on their infrastructure.
L'Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick
Training and coaching
The Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick (AFMNB) will offer a number of training opportunities to help local communities make better infrastructure decisions. The organization will also create a support service for municipalities to help them use existing, best-in-class asset management materials. AFMNB will be offering practical advice on how to integrate climate data into municipal decision making, reducing your infrastructure’s vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.
Fraser Basin Council
Group learning and training
The Fraser Basin Council will be offering group learning and training to underserved small and rural communities. These activities will help communities build connections and share knowledge while discovering the importance of integrating climate considerations into asset management. Participating communities will have the opportunity to strengthen their institutional knowledge of climate adaptation and how to build more resilient communities.
BC Water & Waste Association
BC Water & Waste Association (BCWWA) will be offering training to help municipal staff assess the financial state of their local water systems. Communities will also learn how proactive financial planning can help them replace or repair water infrastructure when needed.
The Northwest Territories
NWT Association of Communities
Workshops and coaching
The NWT Association of Communities (NWTAC) is helping the communities of the Northwest Territories integrate climate considerations into asset management. The NWTAC will be leading training sessions and a three-day workshop to introduce elected officials and municipal staff to resources and best practices that can help communities better protect their infrastructure from the impacts of climate change.
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) will be offering training to help municipalities better understand how to address climate challenges and plan for a sustainable future. The training incorporates key concepts such as data management, levels of service, performance and risk and supports municipalities in improving reliability to deliver services in the future.
Association of Municipalities of Ontario
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), in collaboration with Asset Management Ontario (AMONTario), will provide training on asset management tools and resources available to communities across Ontario. The training will help local governments establish asset hierarchies based on the community services they provide, identify existing data gaps, set community and technical levels of service, use risk assessments to identify local infrastructure investment priorities based on climate change considerations and develop corresponding financial strategies using whole lifecycle costs to inform Council decision making.
Asset Management Ontario
Asset Management Ontario’s (AMONTario) training will help communities strengthen their asset management initiatives with an emphasis on addressing the impacts of climate change. Communities will also have the opportunity to discover the importance of natural asset systems and how to integrate low impact and green infrastructure development options into municipal planning.
Le Centre d'expertise et de recherche en infrastructures urbaines
Workshops and online training
The Centre d'expertise et de recherche en infrastructures urbaines (CERIU) will offer online training on the tools, resources and best practices municipalities need to integrate climate considerations into their asset management planning. CERIU will also help municipal staff learn about green infrastructure and provide training on how to maintain local water systems.
La Fédération québécoise des municipalités
Workshop and group training
The Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM) will provide asset management training to municipal staff and elected officials from small and medium-sized Quebec municipalities in five regional county municipalities (RCMs). In addition, FQM will organize a seminar to communicate and discuss asset management in small and medium-sized municipalities and help municipalities to transform their local practices.
Asset Management Saskatchewan
To help communities in Saskatchewan strengthen their asset management processes, Asset Management Saskatchewan (AM-SK) is offering three online training opportunities. Municipal staff will have the opportunity to register for a course, or two training activities: The Asset Register and the Initial State of the Infrastructure Report and the NAMS+ Online Asset Management Training Workshop.
Training detailed in this section is designed for municipalities across the country.
Canadian Network of Asset Managers
Online training, webinars and an online platform
The Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) is supporting communities develop their asset management awareness and skills. CNAM will expand its “New to AM” resources and courses to provide practical experiential learning opportunities in applied climate action to Canadian communities. CNAM will also deliver asset management courses that provide practical and flexible elearning opportunities.
NAMS Canada will deliver a Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning course in English and French. The course will give municipal participants a solid foundation in asset management and support them through the creation of an Asset Management Plan for their organization.
PEMAC Asset Management Association of Canada
In-person and online training
PEMAC Asset Management Association of Canada (PEMAC) will offer its Asset Management Professional certification program to cross-functional municipal teams. This six-course program leads to a Certified Asset Management Professional designation. PEMAC will also offer interested municipal practitioners a structured course to learn about the opportunities for leveraging asset data across the lifecycle of asset management and to collaborate to publish a guide on their findings.
Municipal Natural Assets Initiative Society
Training and coaching
The Municipal Natural Assets Initiative Society (MNAI) is helping local governments account for and manage the multiple services that nature provides to communities. Natural assets like forests, wetlands, open green spaces and foreshores underpin Canadians' quality of life and help build resilience to the climate impacts. MNAI will provide coaching to municipal staff on how to manage natural assets. This training will also teach senior municipal administrators and local elected officials about key legal and jurisdictional governance issues that build the business case for natural asset management.
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This initiative is available through the Municipal Asset Management Program, which is delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.