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Ottawa funds asset management support for rural communities

Ottawa funds asset management support for rural communities

CAMROSE, ALTA. — Dozens of communities in Alberta will receive funding from the federal government to develop stronger asset management practices.

“Rural communities are the backbone of the Canadian economy and among the best places in Canada to call home,” said Maryam Monsef, minister of rural economic development, in a statement. “Smart investments in infrastructure help smaller communities to grow, strengthen their economies and improve quality of life for their residents.”

More than $1.15 million in federal funds will go towards 25 new projects in rural Alberta communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program, delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities on behalf of the federal government.

The goal of the program is to reinforce local infrastructure planning and decision-making by boosting local asset management capacity through investments in activities such as asset management training, technology and software enhancements and information sharing.

Some of the projects include:

  • Assessing and documenting the levels of service and risks for core water, sanitary and transportation services in Flagstaff county.
  • Updating inaccurate asset information and implementing a geographic information system to track assets in Crossfield.
  • Developing a long-range capital replacement program for Camrose.

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