Kelly Oakley Manager of Corporate Asset Management
705-739-4220 ext 4451Kelly.Oakley@barrie.ca
The City has a responsibility to mitigate flooding and protect bodies of water from any harmful stormwater runoff. The Stormwater AMP highlights the costs associated with delivering these services and outlines the current state of Barrie's stormwater infrastructure.
Following the release of the
2021 Stormwater AMP, the City continues to review options for a more sustainable, reliable and equitable source of stormwater funding. The City will be seeking feedback into 2023 on the creation of a dedicated
Stormwater Climate Action Fund.
By July 1, 2025, the City is required by the Province to outline the costs, risks and benefits of providing different levels of stormwater management service.
The City's stormwater assets allow us to better manage extreme storms and rainfall, as well as the runoff from hard surfaces (e.g. roofs and driveways) created by our urban environment. As of 2020, the City owns $1.25 billion in stormwater assets, including approximately:
As of 2019, 79% of stormwater assets are in either fair or good condition. This means the City has some time to plan before many of our stormwater assets need major maintenance or replacement, and before we see greater impacts from climate change. Some areas of concern:
To maintain proper stormwater management, the City should ideally spend more money on stormwater assets than what is available in the budget. There is a gap between the amount available for spending and the amount needed to properly maintain our stormwater assets and the services they provide.
The City created a
Dedicated Infrastructure Renewal Fund (DIRF) in 2015 to help bridge the gap between the municipal money available and the money needed to keep all of the City's infrastructure in good repair. However, additional funding resources are needed to properly close the gap.
The City of Barrie is responsible for a broad portfolio of assets that support the goals of stormwater management. These goals, provided in the City's 2010 Official Plan, include environmental protection and public safety objectives such as:
Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) assesses the overall health of municipal infrastructure as reported by cities and communities across Canada. Using the CIRC assessment, comparisons between the City of Barrie and the national average can be made.
Linear assets are those that can be measured in linear units (e.g., metres), like roads, sidewalks and pipes. The City's stormwater linear assets tend to be in much better condition, when compared with the national average. This is due to Barrie's more recent growth, as well as its relatively young storm sewer system. At the same time, these assets will deteriorate in the future and it is important to build healthy financial reserves now to support their renewal.
These assets tend to have a fixed address, and include assets such as buildings, facilities, parks and stormwater ponds.
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