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Municipal Information Dataportal

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1. Asset Management

Municipal infrastructure doesn't exist for the sake of having infrastructure; it exists to provide services to the community. We need to ensure our infrastructure is providing the services our communities depend on.

Using asset management practices and principles we are finding ways to better understand how municipal assets work, what they cost to operate and what levels of service they provide. We want to ensure residents are getting the best bang for their buck when it comes to local infrastructure and the services it provides.

Watch to learn about municipal asset management in Saskatchewan.

The Saskatchewan Municipal Asset Management Getting Started Guide was developed in Saskatchewan for Saskatchewan municipalities. Delegates at both the Saskatchewan Association of Rural Municipalities and Saskatchewan Urban Municipalities Association 2017 annual conventions used the guide as an education tool during the asset management workshops. Using this guide will provide you with fundamental information about asset management and how it can be used to help support municipal operations.

Asset Management Resources

As asset management programs have been implemented around the world, several resources and reference articles have been published, ranging from simple, brief overviews, to complex, thorough documents. Listed below are some of the additional resources available with brief descriptions.

Other Provinces' Initiatives

  • Guide for Using the Asset Management BC Roadmap
    The Asset Management BC Roadmap assists organizations to implement asset management practices by leading you through the steps of implementing basic asset management practices using a modular approach.
  • Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework
    A high-level, systematic approach that supports municipalities in moving toward service, asset and financial stability through an asset management process. Developed to recognize the diversity of BC’s communities.
  • Guide to Developing a Municipal Asset Management Policy
    The British Columbia Local Government Asset Management Working Group has developed a guide to assist municipalities develop their own asset management policy.
  • Alberta’s Asset Management Handbook and Toolkit
    This toolkit is designed to kick-start municipalities who are in the early stages of their asset management journey, or to support others with continuous improvement of their asset management programs. The handbook introduces asset management concepts with a focus on implementation for small and mid-sized communities. It includes processes, examples, and a set of practical and editable tools and templates.
  • Ontario’s Building Together-Guide for Municipal Asset Management Plans
    This guide is part of a toolkit developed to help Ontario municipalities prepare asset management plans and consider all the resources that are available to help address infrastructure needs. The information provided showcases what asset management is and provides real world examples from Ontario.

Communities of Practice

International Organizations

Resource Listings

The following organizations maintain reference listings of asset management tools and resources.

Asset Management Resources in Canadian Municipalities

  • RM of Buckland and Town of Dalmeny Pilot Projects
    A presentation by Saskatchewan and VEMAX Management Inc. at the 2010 Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) conference related to tangible capital asset reporting pilot projects in the Town of Dalmeny and the RM of Buckland focusing on the transition from PSAB PS 3150 compliance to asset management.
  • City of Edmonton’s Infrastructure Strategy
    Edmonton has been recognized by Canadian, American and international engineering and public administration associations as one of North America's most progressive infrastructure and asset management jurisdictions.It is one of the first Canadian cities to recognize the need for a strategic plan to deal with infrastructure.

Training and Support

Several organizations offer a range of learning activities and events that provide an introduction to asset management and are intended for municipal staff and elected officials:

  • Federation of Canadian Municipalities
  • Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia (IPWEA)
  • NAMS Canada
    • Online Tools
      Information to develop asset management plans.
    • Training Events
      List of upcoming training and other events to develop asset management plans.
  • Asset Management Ontario (AMO)
    • Council Member’s Toolkit
      A guide to help give council insight to what their role is in the process of asset management.
    • Cover Your Assets
      Online course that provides fundamental information about asset management and how assets support the municipal programs and services offered.

Municipal associations may also provide support and advice.

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3. Community Profiles

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6. Municipal Sustainability

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7. Property Assessment and Taxation

SAMAView
An interactive map for property assessment information in any municipality where assessment services are provided by SAMA.

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8. Public Safety

  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Provides information on building and fire safety, SaskAlert, public safety, SaskEMO, emergency contacts - Sask911 and the Provincial Public Safety Telecommunications Network.
  • Environment Services
    Emergency numbers (24 hours) for the Ministry of Environment.  
  • Mandatory and Optional Public Safety Services/Functions in Legislation
    This document provides a summary of the public safety services that municipalities are required or enabled to provide under provincial legislation.
  • Municipal Police Services
    Contact information for municipal police services in Saskatchewan.
  • Provincial Disaster Assistance Program
    Describes how to apply for disaster assistance and financial aid for citizens and businesses recovering from a natural disaster.
  • RCMP Detachments
    Contact information for RCMP detachments in Saskatchewan.
  • Wildfire Management
    Information on wildfire activity, fire weather, how to report a wildfire, fire bans, safe burning practices and burning permit requirements, how wildfires are managed; and protection against the threat of wildfire.
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9. Utility and Waste Information

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10. Other Sites of Municipal Interest

  • CivicInfoBC 
    Facilitates the free and open exchange of local government information.
  • Communities of Tomorrow 
    Brings together the key players and to build partnerships that create sustainable communities.
  • Manitoba Local Government 
    Offers a broad range of services to all Manitobans, municipalities and neighbourhoods.
  • Municipal World 
    Information about local government, details about Municipal World's products and services, and links to other local government resources.
  • Muniscope 
    Intergovernmental Committee on Urban and Regional Research's (ICURR) Muniscope Service tracks down research, legislation as well as practical solutions to current municipal issues.
  • National Research Council Canada 
    Government of Canada's premier organization for research and development
  • Communities of Tomorrow 
    To bring together the key players and to build partnerships that create sustainable communities.
  • Statistics Canada - Community Profiles 
    These profiles present community-level information from the 2006 Census of Population.
  • Voters: Information for Young Voters 
    Elections Canada On-Line: Young Voters
  • Voters: Student Vote 
    Student Vote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization working with educators to engage young Canadians in the democratic process.

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