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 partner organizations are delivering more than 40 local asset management training activities, including technical assistance and continuous learning opportunities, in Canadian communities of all sizes. Municipal staff and elected officials will be able to access asset management courses (including certifications), workshops, webinars, conferences and events offered online and in regions across the country until December 2019.
These activities will help your municipality gain asset management knowledge and skills to support better infrastructure investment decisions. Events include national training opportunities along with local events tailored to meet regional needs.
Benefits of asset management training
Participating in training and learning activities will help your municipal staff and elected officials:
- Learn about asset management and how to implement AM programming with your community's data
- Incorporate best practices into day-to-day operations
- Implement programs that will help your municipality make cost-saving and sustainable infrastructure decisions
- Learn from other municipalities and acquire 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
- Additional asset management tools and resources for municipalities
Event information will be made available on the partner organization's website when it has been confirmed.
Rural Municipalities of Alberta
Group and independent learning
In a collaborative effort, Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA), the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA), and Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta (IAMA) are delivering a group learning opportunity for smaller rural and urban municipalities in Alberta. Municipal staff will develop asset management policies and strategies and form internal asset management teams, through a combination of group learning and independent work within their municipalities.
Atlantic Infrastructure Management Network
Workshops, coaching and webinars
AIM Network is delivering several technical support and awareness-building activities across the Atlantic region. Technical support activities include assisting municipalities with building organizational capacity, prioritizing infrastructure for renewal and replacement and community engagement. Awareness activities include knowledge mobilization through webinars and other communication mediums as well as one-day provincial/regional workshops.
L'Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick
Workshops and panel
Through a series of workshops, the Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick (AFMNB) will provide municipalities with the opportunity to take part in a French-language asset management learning cohort. Participating municipal staff and elected officials will get technical assistance focused on building organizational capacity and prioritizing asset renewal or replacement using a risk management approach. AFMNB will also host an asset management awareness panel at its annual congress.
Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador
Workshops, presentations, cohort-based learning and panel discussions
Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador (MNL) has developed a program called Building Asset Management in Newfoundland and Labrador (BAM! NL). The program includes presentations, panel discussions and short-duration workshops to be delivered at general membership gatherings of MNL, PMA (Professional Municipal Administrators) and NLAFS (Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services). With its BAM! NL partners, MNL will also develop and deliver targeted asset management training to municipal staff and elected officials in its pre-existing Urban Municipalities cohort and in regional cohorts of small towns.
Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities
To address the impact of climate change on municipal infrastructure, the Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) is offering workshops to municipal staff and elected officials. The workshops will provide tools and processes for integrating climate resilience into municipal asset management planning.
Association of Municipalities of Ontario
Technical assistance and coaching
The Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO), in partnership with Asset Management Ontario, is piloting a technical assistance program with a select cohort of small and medium-sized municipalities of different types and locations throughout Ontario that are working to establish asset management systems. The program is available to both municipal staff and elected officials.
Association of Ontario Road Supervisors
The Association of Ontario Road Supervisors (AORS) will hold a series of workshops across Ontario for municipal staff in small to medium-sized municipalities, focusing on the role of public works in asset management.
Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority
Training and presentations
The Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority will provide asset management training for staff of conservation authorities and municipalities in Eastern Ontario. The training will be tailored to the unique asset management requirements of water control structures and will consider the impacts of climate change. Through presentations at watershed management board meetings, the conservation authority will also brief elected officials and municipal staff on the need for municipalities and conservation authorities to integrate their asset planning in order to protect natural assets (waterways) and address their vulnerability to the impacts of climate change.
To build awareness of asset management among municipal staff, the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) is offering two interactive one-day workshops: an introductory workshop that provides an overview of asset management and allows participants to explore the first steps in developing a strategy; and a more advanced workshop on technical levels of service and customer levels of service in various asset classes.
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) is offering one-day workshops for municipal technical staff (engineers, planners and technicians) on the principles of municipal asset management. CERIU will also develop a web-based platform to provide technical assistance and reference material on asset management to municipal staff. For both municipal staff and elected officials, CERIU will provide peer-exchange workshops to allow municipalities to share their experiences with asset management.
La Fédération québécoise des municipalités
Workshops, technical assistance, published articles and a seminar
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 gathered in regional county municipalities counties (RCM), to help themimprove their asset management systems. The project will include an awareness-raising and outreach component wherein FQM will share knowledge and information from the program more broadly with elected officials and service directors of municipalities and RCM across Quebec. FQM will also hold a two-day seminar on asset management for staff of small and medium-sized municipalities and RCMs), with a focus on training engineers and administrators.
Union des municipalités du Québec
The Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) will offer one-day workshops on decision-making and project prioritization in municipal asset management, with a focus on inventory and infrastructure condition, integrated asset management, and financing. UMQ will also offer specialized one-day workshops focused on the management and maintenance of road networks. The issues and consequences of asphalt mix choices, paving defects and laying methods. Depending on the subject, the workshops are for elected officials and municipal managers and staff.
Asset Management Saskatchewan
Webinars and a workshop
Asset Management Saskatchewan (AM-SK) is offering webinars and a three-day, in-person workshop on asset management planning and decision-making, for municipal staff and elected officials. The webinars will focus on service development, risk management, asset registers and long-term financial planning. The workshop will allow participants to develop a draft asset management plan using their own organizational data.
Training detailed in this section is designed for municipalities across the country.
Canadian Network of Asset Managers
Coaching, meetings, and a framework tool
The Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) will develop material, deliver training and provide coaching to municipalities to help improve their in-house asset management capabilities through a skills map. This will enable municipalities to articulate their AM knowledge requirements, support hiring and staff training, as well as internal and external knowledge transfer. CNAM will collaborate with a collection of other organizations to develop a comprehensive framework that is scalable to communities of varying sizes, with the final outputs being shared publicly.
Canadian Urban Transit Association
Through its Asset Management for Transit program, the Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) is offering an online learning program to provide municipal staff with working knowledge of a full range of asset management principles specific to the transit context. The course, which lasts eight to ten weeks, will help municipalities enhance their existing public transit asset management plans.
National Asset Management Strategy Canada
National Asset Management Strategy Canada (NAMS Canada) is offering an online course that leads to its Professional Certificate in Asset Management Planning. Offered in English or French, the course is open to municipal staff and elected officials. The interactive 10-week course helps participants develop a draft asset management plan using their own data while developing their asset management capacity and earning a qualification. NAMS Canada will offer this course three times (four time depending on demand). A French iteration of the course will be offered in the fall of 2019.
Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada
In-person and online training program
The Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC), will offer its Asset Management Professional Certification program (which runs in partnership with post-secondary institutions) to cross-functional staff teams from municipalities across Canada. The six 10-week courses in the program are designed to align with the ISO 55001 standard on Asset Management and with the Global Forum for Maintenance and Asset Management (GFMAM) "Asset Management Landscape.
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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.