Nearly 60% of all public infrastructure in Canada is owned and managed by municipal governments. In 2016, the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card found that almost 35% of that infrastructure is in fair to very poor condition which means the average Canadian household is served by about $28,000 worth of municipal infrastructure that is nearing a state of failure.
The need to renew, repair and replace aging infrastructure has a significant impact on municipalities and the quality of life for their residents. Infrastructure funding supports families and prosperous communities by maintaining safe roads and transportation, fitness and recreation opportunities, and facilities to deliver safe drinking water. Manitoba’s infrastructure deficit exceeds $11 billion, or a staggering $10,000 per Manitoban. And this doesn’t include new infrastructure needs. For example, the City of Winnipeg estimated that its existing infrastructure deficit is $3.8 billion, with an additional $3.6 billion required for new strategic infrastructure.
According to the AMM’s most recent polling numbers, more than one-half of Manitobans – 56% – believe that local governments should spend more money addressing core infrastructure, like streets, roads, bridges and water and wastewater-related assets. But just spending more isn’t a sustainable solution. Investments into infrastructure renewal must be smarter, more strategic and use innovative processes and technology so that Manitoban’s get better results for their tax dollar. We need a new way to manage our infrastructure assets.
Asset management is the systematic practice of using human and financial resources to plan, source, construct, operate, maintain, renew and decommission infrastructure and equipment to sustainably deliver municipal services that manage risk, achieve regulatory requirements and meet the reasonable expectations of citizens.
AMM is committed to helping municipal leaders adopt new asset management practices which will ensure they can operate and maintain infrastructure efficiently and effectively.
Provincial Investments in Municipal Infrastructure
The Province of Manitoba currently provides municipal infrastructure assistance through a number of programs.
The AMM also has two board members on the Manitoba Water Services Board, which provides technical and financial assistance to municipalities and water co-operatives outside Winnipeg.
Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program
Through the Investing in Canada plan, the Government of Canada is making historic investments in infrastructure across the country.
The Investing in Canada plan is based on three key objectives:
- Create long-term economic growth
- Support a low carbon, green economy
- Build inclusive communities
To do this, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in five main infrastructure priorities: public transit, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation, and rural and northern communities.
Gas Tax Fund (GTF)
Originally introduced in as a predictable and flexible source of funding for municipalities, the renewed and now permanent GTF will be indexed at two per cent per year, to be applied in $100 million increments.
Manitoba will receive over $340 million per year from the GTF from 2014-2019.
For questions about the Gas Tax Funding Agreement, please contact:
Manitoba Strategic Infrastructure Secretariat (MSIS)
e-mail at email@example.com
For questions about the Gas Tax Oversight Committee, please contact:
Association of Manitoba Municipalities
Asset Management (related links):
- FCM – Municipal Asset Management Program
- City of Selkirk – Capital Asset Management Program
- City of Winnipeg – Asset Management Program