06/08/2007

“Expressions of interest” received from municipalities for the Asset Management Program (AMP) of the Canada-Ontario Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (COMRIF) were reviewed by the COMRIF Joint Secretariat.
Municipalities may have already been contacted or can expect to be contacted by COMRIF staff in the near future as the review process is nearing completion.

Background:

In the COMRIF agreement signed November 15, 2004, both Canada and Ontario committed to invest up to a combined $5.96 million to assist eligible municipalities and Local Services Boards with asset management planning and capacity building through the “Asset Management Program (AMP)”. Including a municipal matching contribution up to almost $3 million, the total investment in this program will reach almost $9 million. 

Although this funding cannot be expected to fully meet the needs of municipalities, the Asset Management Program funds will help eligible municipalities improve and increase their capacity to manage their infrastructure assets. Communities can use this funding in a variety of ways: to enhance knowledge of their existing infrastructure assets; evaluate life-cycle costs associated with the infrastructure they own and operate; assess the capacity of current infrastructure and identify future needs; plan and make infrastructure financing decisions; and, train municipal staff in long-term infrastructure management.

Municipalities eligible for funding under COMRIF are also eligible for AMP funding. Letters were sent to eligible municipalities in December 2006 with instructions to complete an “expression of interest” form. Municipalities are in the process of being contacted by COMRIF staff as the review of these forms is completed.  

Additional information about COMRIF, including the AMP, is available by visiting www.comrif.ca, or contacting the Joint Secretariat by e-mail at info@comrif.ca or by phone at 1-866-306-7827.

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