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Strategic Asset
Management Planning

Asset management policy development, and implementation of a comprehensive management approach to all City assets, includes standardization of data management and analysis practices.

A comprehensive approach to asset management requires three primary tools:

  • Asset Management Policy
    Sets the framework for undertaking asset management in a structured, coordinated way. In June 2019, Barrie City Council approved the City’s Strategic Asset Management Policy.
  • Asset Management Strategy
    Describes the actions the corporation will take to support the policy.
  • Asset Management Plans (AMPs)
    Exist for each type of asset to describe the asset portfolio, levels of service and performance standards as well as  actions and resources required to provide a defined level of service.

In 2010 the City prepared an Asset Management Policy, Strategy and Plans, as described above. The first set of Asset Management Plans (AMPs) were comprehensive, covering all of the City’s assets and including a Corporate Asset Management Plan that outlines the standard AMP framework, with appendices for various service areas. 

Starting in 2021, a new set of AMPs are being delivered. These new AMPs review the current state of the City's assets and the costs associated with continuing to effectively deliver City services. 

Asset Management Plans

Facilities (2011)
Includes all City-owned facilities such as City Hall, fire stations, recreation centres and even smaller buildings like pavilions and park washrooms.
Fleet (2011)
Includes specialized equipment such as fire trucks and Zambonis, as well as pick-up trucks, lawn mowers and snow plows.
Recreation & Culture (2011)
Includes assets related to parks (playgrounds, sports fields), horticulture, park amenities and furniture and trails.
​Stormwater (2021)​
​Includes culverts, stormsewers, ditches, watercourses, manufactured treatment devices and ponds. See Stormwater AMP highlights.
​Transit (2019)
Fleet (including buses), facilities, on-street infrastructure and supporting technology (including fare collection).See Transit AMP highlights.
Transportation (2021)
Includes roads, bridges, sidewalks and transit assets (not buses). See Transportation AMP highlights
Water (2015)
Includes assets related to treatment & distribution of drinking water.

Frequently Asked Questions

When did the City begin to implement asset management?

The 2006 – 2010 City Council identified “Initiate an Infrastructure Renewal Program to Prioritize Rehabilitation and Repair of Roads, Pipes and other City Assets” as one of their strategic priorities. In recognition, under the guidance of the Executive Management Team, the Corporate Asset Management team was created in November 2008. Barrie is one of a growing number of municipalities in Canada that implement asset management. Asset Management is a journey and the City’s practices are evolving and continuously improving.

What is the “infrastructure gap”?

Like most municipalities, the City of Barrie has a significant gap between the amount of money available each year to maintain its infrastructure and the amount of money needed to make sure infrastructure remains in a state of good repair.

This gap is funded partially by debt and the remainder of unfunded projects are delayed, which means some City facilities, roads, sidewalks, parks and other infrastructure don’t get the maintenance they need, when they need it. 

Addressing the Gap: Dedicated Infrastructure Renewal Fund

In 2015 the City introduced the Dedicated Infrastructure Renewal Fund to help address this problem by closing the gap. The fund is used only for the maintenance and rehabilitation of Barrie’s infrastructure and funded by 1% of the City’s property taxes.

Investing 1% of property taxes into a Dedicated Infrastructure Fund allows for increased, transparent funding to keep more of our infrastructure well maintained and avoid costly repairs, while reducing the City’s debt substantially.

How does the City determine the service levels it provides and the conditions its assets should be in?    

Levels of service and asset conditions are based both on municipal standards, as well as other legislated requirements from the Province. For instance, the City must meet Ontario Regulation (O.Reg.) 588/17: Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure. See Asset Management & Service Delivery for more information.

How do asset management plans relate to other City studies and plans?

While documents such as the City’s Infrastructure Master Plans are reviewed as part of the asset management planning process, the City’s AMPs also go on to inform a variety of City documents, such as:

  • Operating and Capital Budgets
  • Long-Term Planning Documents     
  • Use-Fee Rate Studies
  • The Development Charge Background Study
  • PSAB 3150 Compliance Process
How do you determine funding for assets?

To piece together the financial picture, the City considers what assets it should acquire and upgrade to address growth needs; asset maintenance and operation needs; and which assets need to be renewed. Asset lifecycle management strategies can be organized by the following categories:

Expansion Activities: Planned creation or acquisition of assets required to extend services to previously unserved areas or expand services to meet growth demands.

Upgrade Activities: Planned activities to increase the level of service or meet other requirements such as changes in functional requirements or legislation.

Operations and Maintenance Activities: Operations refer to regular activities during the process of using an asset which consume resources such as labour, equipment rental or purchase, energy, chemicals and materials. Maintenance references activities such as regularly scheduled inspection and maintenance, or more significant repair and activities associated with unexpected events.

Renewal Activities: Significant rehabilitation designed to extend the life of the asset and replacement activities that are expected to occur once an asset has reached the end of its useful life and rehabilitation is no longer an option.

Disposal Activities: The activities associated with disposing of an asset once it has reached the end of its useful life or is otherwise no longer needed by the municipality.

Non-Asset Solutions: Actions or policies that can lower costs, lower demands, or extend asset life (e.g., better integrated infrastructure planning and land use planning, demand management, insurance, process optimization, and public education).

Are there outside circumstances that may impact the conclusions of an asset management plan?

The City’s ability to deliver the levels of service outlined in an AMP may be impacted by:

a) Forecasted future population growth and the associated needs for additional infrastructure to serve it

b) The need for upgraded infrastructure to service changing functional, legislative and sustainability needs

c) Aging infrastructure and the associated needs for operations, maintenance and renewal investments to sustain it

d) Affordability

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