Media Advisory: Improved Asset Management Plan to Benefit Corner Brook Residents

City of Corner Brook
Media Advisory

Investing in local infrastructure helps create good middle class jobs, tackle climate change and improve Canadians’ quality of life. That’s why the Government of Canada is partnering with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities – and municipalities such as Corner Brook – to help achieve these national objectives.

Today, Member of Parliament Gudie Hutchings, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; and Jim Parsons, Mayor of Corner Brook, highlighted more than $52,000 in federal funding for the development of an asset management plan in Corner Brook. This project is funded by the Government of Canada through the Climate and Asset Management Network delivered through the Federation of Canadian Municipalities.

This project is one of 19 projects that have been approved in communities across Canada for federal funding on November 30, 2017.

Thanks to this funding, residents of Corner Brook will be able to continue working toward success with their Integrated Community Sustainability Plan, developed in 2013.

The City of Corner Brook has taken numerous steps to implement this sustainability plan; the City has been involved in environmental initiatives since 2007. These initiatives range from water reduction through metering, developing bike ways, funding green vehicles, and retrofitting a municipal building to LEED Silver. The City of Corner Brook has published a list of initiatives it would like to realize as part of a 10-year plan. It has set both corporate and community GHG reduction targets and have published a status report on progress to date.

The Government of Canada partners with municipalities nationwide to provide residents and businesses with reliable and sustainable public infrastructure to meet their needs well into the future. Investing in green infrastructure that reduces greenhouse gas emissions and prepares for challenges resulting from climate change will build cleaner, more sustainable communities. Helping municipalities base infrastructure decisions in strengthened asset management practices will make dollars go further and benefit Canadians for years to come.

Quotes

“I am proud that Corner Brook is leading the way in finding efficient and innovative ways to plan, build, and maintain infrastructure. Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen the middle class by ensuring communities are healthy and sustainable places to live.”

~Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains

“Canadian municipalities are fighting climate change with innovative local solutions. Working together to share information and results will help them design even more successful initiatives in the future. Tapping into this local expertise and scaling up these local solutions across the country is vital to meeting Canada’s national climate goals.”

~Jenny Gerbasi, FCM President

“Corner Brook is delighted to receive this funding from the Government of Canada through Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM). The City of Corner Brook is the first municipality from NL, and only one of two cities east of Ontario to be accepted into FCM’s Asset Management Network. The City will be contributing $15,000 towards this initiative. Municipalities are on the front lines of responding to climate change; we must plan for climate change and manage our assets. This funding will help the City of Corner Brook develop an asset management policy, strategy and governance framework that aligns with the municipality’s strategic goals, and make sound decisions grounded in the realities of climate change.”

~Jim Parsons, Mayor of Corner Brook

 

Quick facts

  • The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program is a new five-year, $75-million program designed to support and encourage Canadian municipalities to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change.
  • The Municipal Asset Management Program offers Canadian municipalities additional funding and training opportunities related to asset management and infrastructure planning.
  • Both programs are delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.

 

Related Information

FCM’s Climate and Asset Management Network

FCM’s Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program

FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Program
Government of Canada’s $180-billion+ infrastructure plan

City of Corner Brook FCM’s Climate and Asset Management Network Announces Corner Brook as a Participating Community

 

Contacts

Joanne Gillis
Constituency Assist to MP Gudie Hutchings
709-637-4540
gudie.hutchings@parl.gc.ca

Francine Pressault
Media Relations Advisor, Programs
Federation of Canadian Municipalities
613-907-6399
fpressault@fcm.ca

Bonita Decaire
Information Officer
City of Corner Brook
709-637-1662
bdecaire@cornerbrook.com

 

1:32 pm December 19, 2017

For immediate release