Asset management training for Canadian municipalities
Learn how to make better infrastructure decisions
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 this need, FCM's partner organizations are delivering more than 60 local asset management training activities in Canadian communities of all sizes. Municipal staff and elected officials will be able to access workshops, webinars, conferences and events offered online and in regions across the country until June 2018.
Local and national training opportunities 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
- Incorporate asset management practices into your municipality's day-to-day operations
- Collect and use data to make economical and sustainable infrastructure decisions
- Learn from and collaborate with other communities that have developed asset management programs
- Acquire resources and templates you can tailor to the specific needs of your community
Find asset management training in your region
Below you will find information about:
- Our partner organizations
- Events and training offered
- Who should participate
- Other types of asset management tools and information being created to support municipalities
Event information will be made available on the partner organization's website when it has been confirmed.
Training detailed in this section is designed for municipalities across the country.
Canadian Institute of Planners
Webinars and workshops
The Canadian Institute of Planners is offering professional development webinars and workshops on asset management. The sessions are designed for municipalities of all sizes and degrees of asset management maturity, but will emphasize the development of knowledge and skills among small, rural and remote communities across Canada.
Canadian Network of Asset Managers
Information booklet, workshops and seminars
The Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) is publishing an introductory booklet on asset management and offering workshops and seminars for municipal staff and elected officials. The sessions will introduce municipalities to asset management benefits, how to implement best practices, and address key questions.
The Canadian Urban Transit Association (CUTA) is offering a one-day workshop covering key introductory aspects of asset management that focus on the transit industry. This in-person workshop will provide municipal staff and elected officials with tools to begin cataloguing and evaluating assets in their municipalities.
National Asset Management Strategy Canada
National Asset Management Strategy Canada (NAMS Canada) is offering an online professional certificate course on asset management planning. Participants in the 8-week course will develop a draft asset management plan using their municipality's data and gain a solid foundation in asset management planning.
Rural Municipalities of Alberta
The Rural Municipalities of Alberta, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, and Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta are jointly offering asset management workshops. The workshops are geared toward elected officials and municipal staff with limited or no awareness of asset management and will highlight the benefits of asset management and explain how to get started.
The Atlantic Infrastructure Management Network (AIM Network) is offering two types of asset management planning workshops across the Atlantic region; one is aimed at helping municipal staff and the other elected officials. AIM Network is also offering a half-day session on leadership in asset management for municipalities in New Brunswick.
- AIM Network will be offering a joint workshop with Cities of New Brunswick Association in March and workshops in five regions for Newfoundland and Labrador in June 2018.
L'Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick
Workshops and training
The Association francophone des municipalités du Nouveau-Brunswick (AFMNB) is delivering several asset management training activities in French to elected officials and municipal administrators in New Brunswick. AFMNB is offering half-day introductory sessions, a series of practical workshops on the steps involved in asset management, and a training session to help participants clarify their roles in asset management.
The Cities of New Brunswick Association, in collaboration with AIM Network, is delivering a bilingual one-day workshop in Fredericton that is open to municipalities in New Brunswick, and is particularly focused on addressing the needs of smaller communities. It will build on participants' understanding of municipal asset management by guiding them through procedures for assessing risk and making decisions based on this assessment.
The Federation of Prince Edward Island Municipalities will offer a one-day workshop to build awareness in the municipal sector regarding asset management. Three sessions will be held in different locations across the province.
Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador
Presentations and training
As part of a year-long municipal asset management awareness campaign, Municipalities Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with the Professional Municipal Administrators and the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Fire Services, is creating an interactive asset management section on its website including a social media campaign, delivering five presentations, and offering training and skill-building sessions at events. The introductory training sessions will be tailored to the needs of smaller communities, and the skill-building sessions will be geared toward to the implementation needs of staff from urban municipalities.
Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities
Workshops and online training
The Nova Scotia Federation of Municipalities (NSFM) is delivering several education and awareness activities on asset management, including: a workshop for municipal staff on promoting and implementing asset management practices; a presentation at NSFM's fall conference that outlines the importance of asset management planning and key steps elected officials can take to support robust infrastructure practices; and an online course for elected officials on the basics of asset management. NSFM will also offer a webinar for elected officials, a one-day workshop for municipal staff on creating an asset inventory, and an online learning module on data collection and condition assessments. All three activities are based on knowledge gained from a pilot project.
Association of Manitoba Municipalities
Workshops and guide
The Association of Manitoba Municipalities (AMM) is developing materials, workshops and a leadership committee aimed at addressing municipal asset management decision-making and assessment. AMM will create a Manitoba-specific guide to help municipal staff, especially senior administrators, and elected officials understand asset management and assess their municipalities' asset management readiness.
Northwest Territories Association of Communities
Tools, templates, videos and conference
The Northwest Territories Association of Communities is producing an asset management focused video on the benefits of asset management, templates to facilitate the adoption of appropriate by-laws, policies and plans, infrastructure life-cycle planning workbooks, preventative maintenance checklists and associated videos for municipal staff and elected officials, tailored to the needs of northern municipalities. They will also host a two-day conference to inform and educate municipal staff and elected officials on issues related to asset management.
Nunavut Association of Municipalities
Workshop and knowledge sharing activities
The Nunavut Association of Municipalities (NAM), in partnership with the Government of Nunavut, is offering training and tips to 24 communities, including a workshop and manual for Nunavut mayors on asset management and governance. NAM will also help staff in these hamlets learn to use Asset Planner software so that the communities catalogue their assets.
Asset Management Ontario
Asset Management Ontario is offering one-day workshops to help Ontario municipalities develop knowledge and skills to implement effective asset management practices. The sessions are geared toward smaller and rural Ontario municipalities.
Ontario Good Roads Association
Workshops and webinars
The Ontario Good Roads Association is offering introductory asset management workshops for elected officials in six Ontario locations, as well as 10 webinars on the same topic for municipal staff. The workshops and webinars cover the key introductory aspects of asset management.
The Ontario Society of Professional Engineers is delivering workshops on asset management planning in six locations across Ontario, for engineers from smaller municipalities. The workshops will explain what an asset management is and demonstrate asset management planning in action through a case study.
WaterTAP is delivering one-day workshops on asset management for elected officials, senior administrators and municipal staff. The workshops, designed for smaller municipalities, will explore a range of topics including management planning, support-team building and strategy development, and will provide hands-on support to municipalities as they learn to integrate life-cycle costing into planning.
Le Centre d'expertise et de recherche en infrastructures urbaines
Training, hands-on support and guides
The Centre d'expertise et de recherche en infrastructures urbaines (CERIU) is offering several knowledge and skill development activities and materials on municipal asset management for municipal staff across Quebec. Activities include training sessions on asset management principles and practices, practical support for municipalities, and a one-day symposium, developed in partnership with the Fédération québécoise des municipalités.
La Fédération québécoise des municipalités
Communication, webinars and symposium
The Fédération québécoise des municipalités (FQM), in collaboration with the Centre d'expertise et de recherche en infrastrutures urbaines, is delivering a variety of asset management learning activities tailored to small municipalities in Quebec. Activities include an awareness campaign, assessing the level of asset management readiness in Quebec, three online training modules - ranging from an introduction to asset management to a review of the steps for assessing the state of infrastructure - and a one-day symposium dedicated to networking and sharing knowledge and tools.
Union des municipalités du Québec
Video, webinar and workshop
The Union des municipalités du Québec (UMQ) is offering workshops on financing, funding and integrated infrastructure management for municipal elected officials and municipal managers. The workshops will take place in six different locations across Quebec, and discuss funding and the various stages of integrated infrastructure management. The training focuses on the role of the elected official during each of these stages as well as the benefits for the municipality.
Asset Management Saskatchewan
Video, webinar and workshop
Asset Management Saskatchewan (AM-SK) is producing a video to help municipal administrators and council members understand the prerequisites to developing an asset management plan. AM-SK is also offering a webinar and a workshop to municipal leaders and staff on the principles of municipal asset management, practical details, and core skills required to get started.
Association of Yukon Communities
Guide and workshops
The Association of Yukon Communities (AYC) is producing a handbook for Yukon municipal elected officials and senior managers on asset management. AYC is also offering workshops, based on the guide, to municipalities and First Nation communities across the Yukon.
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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.