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 18 partner organizations are delivering 48 local asset management training activities, including group learning, hands on training 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 courses offered online and in regions across the country until June 2021.
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
- Events and training offered
- Who should participate
Detailed event information will be available on our partner organization's website when dates have been confirmed.
Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA)
The Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), in partnership with Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) and Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta (IAMA), will be developing groups to learn together and work through the development of an asset management policy and strategy. Participants will also focus on data collection and management.
Atlantic Infrastructure Management Network
Workshops and coaching
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.
Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador
Conservation Corps Newfoundland and Labrador (CCNL) will establish a group of five small communities to serve as asset management leaders for their region. The organization will work with the selected communities to help them develop their asset management knowledge and skills. Participating municipalities will improve their strategic short, medium and long term investment plans.
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. AFMNB will provide training on asset management at their annual conference. The organization will also create a support service for municipalities to help them use existing, best in class asset management materials. AFMNB will also provide peer learning and individual coaching to help municipalities develop and apply practical asset management skills.
Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador
One-on-one training and presentations
Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) will build on their Building Asset Management in Newfoundland and Labrador (BAM! NL) program. This training program will share asset management knowledge and provide targeted instruction and one-on-one support to elected officials and staff in 150 municipalities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador. Municipalities will receive support completing FCM’s Asset Management Readiness Scale and benefit from learning how to harmonize their asset management practices across their local government.
Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities
The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) will update its online course, the Basics of Asset Management for Elected Officials, to include a new module on integrating climate considerations into the asset management planning process. This new module will provide municipalities with a framework to support the inclusion of climate considerations into their long-term asset management plans.
Asset Management British Columbia
Asset Management British Columbia (AMBC) will be developing asset management resources and workshops for elected officials and municipal staff. The training is intended to help build awareness for elected officials and help senior staff better understand how asset management is operationalized in municipalities. The organization will also be providing group training to municipal staff on levels of service.
In-person and online training
Selkirk College will be offering training to help small municipalities learn and develop skills on asset management. Training is focused on building in-house knowledge and skills through face-to-face and online technical support and materials. The content developed in this project will help non-technical, non-GIS trained municipal staff to maintain and use their municipal asset inventory for day-to-day operations.
Association of Municipalities of Ontario
Hands on training
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) is providing hands on training and support to 30 municipalities across Ontario. Participating municipalities will improve their knowledge on asset management concepts, develop governance structures, establish asset hierarchies, identify data gaps, set levels of service, and apply risk assessments to identify local infrastructure investment priorities.
Asset Management Ontario
Asset management platform and learning community
Asset Management Ontario (AMONTario) will develop an online learning platform that municipalities can use to develop their asset management practices. This work is aimed at supporting municipalities in rural and remote communities. AMONTario will also develop a learning community that will offer asset management mentoring to municipalities across Ontario.
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers
Municipalities are increasingly faced with addressing the impacts of climate change. The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) will be offering a workshop to help municipalities better understand how to address climate challenges and plan for a sustainable future. The workshop will make use of case studies and activities where participants can apply their knowledge.
Le Centre d'expertise et de recherche en infrastructures urbaines
Workshops and web-based learning
The Centre d'expertise et de recherche en infrastructures urbaines (CERIU) will offer two training courses on best practices related to asset management, one on the impacts of climate change and the other on municipal buildings management. CERIU will develop and share Quebec-specific practical tools and case studies in order to encourage municipalities to embrace asset management and apply best practices in this area.
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, the 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
Webinar series and workshops
Asset Management Saskatchewan (AM-SK) is offering a range of training opportunities including in-person workshops on asset management planning and decision-making and webinar series on the foundations of asset management. AM-SK is also developing online training and a virtual learning tool in order to reach more municipalities.
WaterWolf Planning Inc.
Workshops and webinar series
The WaterWolf District Planning Commission is supporting municipalities develop their asset management skills through group learning. Look for asset management workshop and webinar series from WaterWolf. The training will provide information on policy, strategy and plan development.
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 by developing their awareness and skills around asset management. CNAM will be expanding their “New to AM” program and further developing the Asset Management Competency Framework for Canadian Communities. This will include more educational courses, webinars and online content. CNAM will also administer a train-the-trainer program to expand the reach of their educational program. CNAM will also develop an online asset management competency management platform to support skills development.
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.
In-person and online training
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. There will also be opportunities for participants to take the first course in the program, focused on asset management principles and strategic development, which will be offered face to face at locations across Canada. To support these efforts, PEMAC will be developing a video and presentation template that program participants can use to engage their senior municipal staff on 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.