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Canada's Core Public Infrastructure Survey: Asset management

Canada's Core Public Infrastructure Survey: Asset management

Statistics Canada, in partnership with Infrastructure Canada, has launched a catalogue of the state of the nation's infrastructure to provide statistical information on the stock, condition, performance, and asset management strategies of Canada's core public infrastructure assets. This sixth and final installment in the series presents findings on specific asset management practices of provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments that own core public infrastructure assets.

Key Findings:

Less than two-fifths of public infrastructure owners have a documented asset management plan

  • 38.5 percent of owners of core public infrastructure had a documented asset management plan that covered one or more assets.
  • Urban municipalities with a population of 30,000 or more were most likely (70.5%) to have this type of plan.
  • Over half of rural municipalities with populations of 5,000 or more (56.9%) and urban municipalities with a population of 5,000 to 29,999 (54.4%) had such plans.
  • The lowest rates were noted in urban municipalities with a population of 1 to 4,999 (25.3%) and rural municipalities with a population of 1,000 to 4,999 (30.4%).
  • Nearly all (95.6%) owners in Ontario had a documented asset management plan that covered one or more core infrastructure assets.
  • Next to Nunavut and Yukon, which no owners reported having an asset management plan, Saskatchewan (35.2%), the Northwest Territories (33.3%) and Alberta (29.9%) were the provinces with the lowest ownership rates of these types of plans. 

Bridges and tunnels, roads and potable water assets most likely to be part of a documented asset management plan

  • Bridge and tunnel assets were most likely to be included in an asset management plan (40.8%), followed by road (39.7%) and potable water (37.9%) assets.
  • About one-fifth (19.4%) of organizations had solid waste assets as part of their documented asset management plan, the lowest for all asset types.
  • 59.1 percent of organizations updated their documented asset management plan every one to four years, while just over one-quarter (25.5%) updated their plan every five years or more.
  • Nearly two-fifths (38.8%) of organizations without a documented asset management plan in 2016 planned to implement one within four years, while 3.5% intended to implement one in five or more years.
  • 27.7 percent of organizations were not planning to implement one, while 26.1% did not know if they would.

Climate Change adaptation most likely to factor into stormwater and road asset management planning

  • Just over half (51.3%) of stormwater asset owners and just over two-fifths (40.3%) of owners of roads considered climate change adaptation as part of their decision-making process, the highest rates for all public infrastructure asset types.
  • Public social and affordable housing (17.8%), public transit (18.1%) and solid waste assets (18.1%) were least likely to factor climate change adaptation into asset management planning.
  • Nationally, 41.8% of organizations did not include climate change adaptation as a factor in their decision-making processes for any core infrastructure assets.
  • Nova Scotia was the province most likely to have some form of climate change adaptation factored into their asset management plan; followed by British Columbia and Newfoundland. 

Consistent with the key findings of the survey, most provincial jurisdictions have outlined requirements for municipalities to implement an asset management plan in order to receive federal gas tax funding.  A typical asset management plan includes a comprehensive state of the infrastructure report, a level of service section, an asset management strategy, and a financial strategy to bridge the infrastructure deficit over the medium and long-term. Contact us here to learn how PSD can assist with the development and implementation of an effective asset management plan and ensure that your municipality can meet provincial requirements to receive funding.

The full release from Statistics Canada can be found here.

PSD's other summaries of the Core Public Infrastructure Survey: