Manager of Corporate Asset Management
705-739-4220 ext 4451
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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).
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
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