The Government of Alberta recently developed an approach to asset management, as required under the terms of the Canada-Alberta Gas Tax Fund Agreement. The approach was approved by Infrastructure Canada.
Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta
Infrastructure Asset Management Alberta (IAMA) represents the greater community of any person, organization or agency engaged in or has an interest in infrastructure asset management. The community is supported by the IAMA Working Group which is a voluntary group of representatives from associations, local governments, agencies, private industry and/or first nations brought together to recognize and integrate the administrative, technical, operational, financial, and planning aspects of asset management.
Toolkit and Handbook
An Asset Management Handbook and Toolkit have been developed through a cooperative effort between Alberta Municipal Affairs and the Consulting Engineers of Alberta with the assistance of the Town of Elk Point and the Village of Boyle. The intent is to provide support documents to assist Alberta municipalities in managing their infrastructure assets.
The infrastructure in our communities is the legacy of a multi-generational investment, made by local, provincial, and federal governments. Increasingly, we are recognizing the value of the investment that has been made in our community infrastructure, and the risks we face by not managing for the long term. Attention is turning toward asset management as a process for making informed decisions to achieve the goal of delivering sustainable services, managing risks, and getting value for money.
An overview of the tools will be presented at upcoming regional training sessions that will be hosted by the ministry in partnership with the Local Government Administration Association and the Alberta Rural Administrators Association in May/June 2016.
Any municipality can begin practicing asset management with the information they already have.
The tools in this toolkit have been designed to help kick-start municipalities who are in the early stages of their asset management journey, or to support others with continuous improvement of their asset management programs.
The purpose of these tools is to provide a low-barrier path to municipalities to build foundations of asset management practices and thinking.