NICKEL BELT / GREATER SUDBURY — 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 the Municipality of St.-Charles to help achieve these national objectives.
Today, Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; highlighted more than $35,200 in funding for a project in St.-Charles. This project is supported by the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and funded by the Government of Canada.
Thanks to this funding, residents of St.-Charles will soon benefit from the Perpetual Asset Management Implementation Project. The funds allocated will assist the municipality in creating an effective asset management plan based on the needs of the community, informed infrastructure investment decisions, and sound asset management practices.
This project is part of the 72 initiatives that have been approved in 71 communities across Canada for funding amounting to just over $5.3 million.
Improving Canada’s infrastructure lays – in large part – in the hands of the municipalities. Communities across the country want to be sure they are investing their infrastructure money wisely, and that they are aware of and ready to adapt to the potential effects of climate change as they make local infrastructure investment decisions. The project announced today demonstrate the work being done on these fronts in municipalities large and small.
“Through this funding, the Municipality of St.-Charles will be able to plan, build and maintain its infrastructure more strategically. Innovative infrastructure projects, like the one announced today contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen the middle class by ensuring our communities are healthy and sustainable places to live.”
– Marc Serré, Member of Parliament for Nickel Belt
“The Municipality of St.-Charles is pleased to receive $35,200 in funding from the Government of Canada; delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities; to undertake the St.-Charles Perpetual Asset Management Implementation Project. This funding will help us create an implementable asset management plan based on our municipality’s priorities and budget.”
– Paul Schoppman, Mayor Municipality of St.-Charles
“I’m proud of the leadership being demonstrated by municipalities across the country. Local leaders are embarking on some of the most innovative solutions to address the impacts of climate change and reduce greenhouse gases. At the same time, they are taking steps to strengthen decision-making on infrastructure spending, which has a major impact on the day-to-day lives of their residents. Continuing to support this on-the-ground expertise is vital to building the Canada we want.”
– Jenny Gerbasi, FCM President
● The Municipal Asset Management Program is a five-year, $50-million program designed to help Canadian municipalities strengthen infrastructure investment decisions based on sound asset management practices.
● The Government of Canada recently launched the Smart Cities Challenge which encourages all Canadian communities to use data and connected technologies to solve pressing issues and improve the lives of their residents. This friendly competition will help bring big ideas to life, and find solutions that achieve real and positive outcomes for Canadians.
Marc Serré, MP for Nickel Belt