Asset Management Outcomes
Making Progress in Asset Management
Through its administration of the Canada Community-Building Fund (CCBF), AMO reports on sector progress in Asset Management (AM) by preparing an outcomes report. The most recent report can be found here.
From 2017 to 2021, about 80% of Ontario municipalities have improved their AMPs by increasing the scope of their Asset Management Plans (AMPs) to cover additional infrastructure asset categories and by using more accurate data to inform infrastructure investment priorities. In terms of better implementation of AMPs, Ontario municipalities reported that they have undertaken several capacity building activities between 2017 and 2021:
More municipalities have been adopting AM as a decision-making tool in the last 5 years. AM decision-making has evolved from traditionally replacing assets only after they fail - which is a reactive decision – to adopting best practices in AM. This process involves determining investment priorities by proactively monitoring asset condition inspection data that provides insight on the potential risk of asset failure, and the associated service consequences.
The majority of Ontario municipalities are now identifying local priorities based on assessed condition inspection data of their assets along with the risks involved in deferring investments. The following graphic illustrates how Ontario municipalities have increased their AM capacity in the last five years to better identify investment priorities:
To substantiate findings of the outcomes report, AMO engaged PSD Citywide Inc. to assess asset management maturity based on a sample of most recent iteration of AMPs. AMO also engaged Asset Management Ontario (AMONTario) to connect directly with practitioners to gather additional insights on adoption of AM practice and implementation of AMPs.
ASSET MANAGEMENT OUTCOMES WORKING GROUP
AMO continues to work with other organizations to deliver capacity building initiatives that ensure long-term stewardship and sustainability of local infrastructure. AMO has established an Asset Management Outcomes Working Group with representation from:
- Municipalities of all types and sizes throughout the province;
- The federal and provincial government; and
- Several membership-based organizations active in the field.
The purpose of this group is to identify opportunities for alignment in coordinating data collection initiatives delivering capacity building projects, while ensuring that any future reporting requirements:
- Meet the national objectives of the Canada Community-Building Fund;
- Do not create a reporting burden for Ontario municipalities; and
- Are consistent with the provincial requirements in O. Reg. 588/17 under the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2015.
AMO shares sector progress in asset management with its working group on at least an annual basis.