OTTAWA — The Government of Canada is investing $590,510 in 17 communities in New Brunswick through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM).

The MAMP is designed to help Canadian municipalities strengthen infrastructure investment decisions based on reliable data and sound asset management practices, indicates a release, adding it provides asset management training, funding and information sharing to enable municipalities to access the data needed to plan effectively.

With funding from MAMP the City of Edmundston will collect data on the electrical distribution network assets present in the city and the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation and store and manage the asset information digitally with spatial modelling in an Enterprise-GIS system. The modelling will help the city improve management of the electrical distribution network.

The City of Miramichi will complete condition assessments on city owned buildings including the police station, city hall mechanical system, Miratech mechanical system, Miramichi Civic Centre roof, Lord Beaverbrook Arena roof and Loggieville sewer lagoon.

The Town of Quispamsis will study and assess the condition of outdoor park and recreation assets in the town, which will provide the town with an asset inventory data standard for outdoor recreation sites, a condition assessment program, replacement cost estimating, useful life estimating and criticality rating guidelines.

“Across the country, communities of all sizes are gearing up for life post-pandemic,” said Joanne Vanderheyden, president of the FCM, in a statement. “They’re working to enhance their infrastructure and natural assets so they can continue to have sustainable and reliable services to improve residents’ quality of life. Ensuring local governments have the right tools to make sound asset management decisions is one way we can help drive Canada’s economic recovery.”

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