The Stormwater Asset Management Plan (PDF) outlines the current state of Barrie's stormwater infrastructure, and highlights the costs associated with the City's responsibility to mitigate flooding and protect bodies of water from any harmful stormwater runoff.
An addendum to the Stormwater AMP was published in May 2022 to capture Level of Service requirements omitted from the original document.
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. 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:
- 880 culverts
- 400 km of storm sewers
- 150 km of ditches
- 100 km of watercourses
- 95 stormwater ponds
- 71 manufactured treatment devices
prefabricated structures that use technology to help remove pollutants from stormwater runoff
The average annual expenditure of the City's stormwater management program to maintain the current level of service has been $10.5M historically. The 2021 Stormwater Asset Management Plan showed that the actual needed funding is $45.1M per year. So, there is a gap between the amount available for spending and the amount needed to properly maintain the assets and meet the future needs.
Infrastructure Investment Fund
The City created the Infrastructure Investment Fund 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.