Vil­lages re­ceive grants for in­fra­struc­ture man­age­ment

The Drumheller Mail - - AROUND TOWN - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

Two area vil­lages have re­ceived grants to help in mak­ing ef­fec­tive in­fra­struc­ture de­ci­sions.

Last week the fed­eral gov­ern­ment and the Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties (FCM) an­nounced more than $2 mil­lion for fund­ing 41 ini­tia­tives na­tion­wide to sup­port com­mu­ni­ties. Among the re­cip­i­ents are the Vil­lage of Stan­dard and the Vil­lage of Acme.

“The Gov­ern­ment of Canada is com­mit­ted to in­vest­ing in lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties as they plan, build and main­tain their in­fra­struc­ture more strate­gi­cally. Our in­vest­ments in green in­fra­struc­ture will re­duce green­house gas emis­sions, con­tribute to a clean growth econ­omy and strengthen the mid­dle class, help­ing us plan and build the in­fra­struc­ture of the 21st cen­tury,” said the Hon­ourable François-Philippe Cham­pagne, Min­is­ter of In­fra­struc­ture and Com­mu­ni­ties.

These ini­tia­tives are sup­ported through three pro­grams; the Green Mu­nic­i­pal Fund (GMF), the Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties for Cli­mate In­no­va­tion Pro­gram (MCIP), and the Mu­nic­i­pal As­set Man­age­ment Pro­gram (MAMP).

The Vil­lage of Stan­dard will re­ceive $49,600 to com­plete its 2018 in­fra­struc­ture as­set man­age­ment plan up­date. The Vil­lage of Acme will re­ceive $50,000 for its in­fra­struc­ture con­di­tion as­sess­ment and man­age­ment project.

These funds come from the MMAP pro­gram which is “de­signed to help Cana­dian mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties strengthen in­fra­struc­ture in­vest­ment de­ci­sions based on sound as­set man­age­ment prac­tices. The pro­gram pro­vides as­set man­age­ment train­ing, fund­ing, and in­for­ma­tion shar­ing to en­able mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to ac­cess the data needed to plan ef­fec­tively. MAMP is a five-year, $50-mil­lion pro­gram, de­liv­ered by the Fed­er­a­tion of Cana­dian Mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and funded by the Gov­ern­ment of Canada.”

“To­day’s an­nounce­ment high­lights how mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers, right across Canada, are driv­ing in­no­va­tion to build more sus­tain­able, re­silient and liv­able com­mu­ni­ties. We are proud to see FCM’s pro­grams sup­port lo­cal so­lu­tions with na­tional im­pact, con­tribut­ing to in­fra­struc­ture re­newal and our tran­si­tion to a low-car­bon econ­omy,” said Vicki-May Hamm, FCM Pres­i­dent.

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