Windsor, Ontario, August 17, 2016 – The City of Cambridge has won an AMO Gas Tax Award. Lynn Dollin, AMO President, presented the award today to Donna Reid, City of Cambridge Councillor.  

The AMO Gas Tax Awards honour municipalities that have demonstrated excellence in the use of the federal Gas Tax Fund. Winning projects improve local quality of life by making a difference in our communities, while achieving the Fund’s objectives.

“Municipal services are a vital part of daily life and business in our communities, it’s important that we have a pulse of the state of our city assets and infrastructure,” said Donna Reid, City of Cambridge Councillor. “Asset management planning allows us to continually offer city services with minimal interruptions. By leveraging modern technologies such as CCTV, we can also monitor assets below the ground to plan for future generations.”  

Cambridge invested $461,965 from the federal Gas Tax Fund into CCTV inspection of storm sewers. The inspection allows staff to identify problems that need attention now and provide more information about the sewer’s remaining service life. The City is using this information to plan for the future, including determining what infrastructure needs to be replaced and what type of preventive maintenance programs should be put in place.

Ontario municipalities have a lot of infrastructure manage and must have an asset management plan in place by December 31, 2016. Cambridge’s investment in CCTV inspection demonstrates leadership. The City has gone a step beyond asset management planning by gathering additional information about infrastructure that is buried underground.

“As our communities grow and change over time, so does the need for local infrastructure and services,” said Lynn Dollin, AMO President. “Asset management planning is critical to ensuring that municipal governments can meet demand today and adapt to change in the future.”
“The Government of Canada has committed to working with municipalities to ensure that they are ready for tomorrow’s challenges. The federal Gas Tax Fund is a permanent and stable source of funding for municipalities across Ontario. Its flexibility allows cities, like Cambridge, to invest in capacity building projects that contribute to strategic asset management and long-term planning,”said Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

The Town of Smooth Rock Falls also received an AMO Gas Tax Award for investment in the Reg Lamy Cultural Centre. The Municipality of Sioux Lookout and the Township of Terrace Bay received honourable mentions for investment in local recreation and water infrastructure.

The federal Gas Tax Fund is one of the only permanent and stable sources of funding for municipal infrastructure and is helping to close a province-wide infrastructure gap. AMO delivers the Fund to all Ontario municipalities, except Toronto, twice a year, on a per capita basis. This flexible approach means that federal funding can address the diverse needs found in all of Ontario’s municipalities. Since its launch in 2005, municipalities across Ontario have invested more than $4.3 billion from the federal Gas Tax Fund into 6,700 infrastructure projects worth more than $11.9 billion.

You can learn more about the Gas Tax Fund in Ontario by visiting www.gastaxatwork.ca or @GasTaxinOntario on Twitter.

AMO is a non-profit organization representing almost all of Ontario’s 444 municipal governments.  AMO supports and enhances strong and effective municipal government in Ontario and promotes the value of municipal government as a vital and essential component of Ontario and Canada’s political system.