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Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework

“Nature is a fundamental component of a municipal infrastructure system,” says Emanuel Machado, Town of Gibsons Chief Administrative Officer


“At the heart of the Gibsons Eco-Asset Strategy is North America’s first natural asset policy, which directs the municipality to consider the role of natural assets within our overall asset management strategy. What gives life to the policy is the fact that, once the natural asset is within the policy, a budget must be set aside for its ongoing management and maintenance, and town staff must work together to preserve its integrity,” states Emanuel Machado.

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Article in Construction Business Magazine (Oct 2015): “Sustainable Service Delivery is the ‘New Paradigm’. It is the singular aim,” stated David Allen


Released in December 2014, ‘Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework’ is a game-changer. “Sustainable Service Delivery is defined in the BC Framework as: a collection of practices that enables continuous delivery of current community services in a responsible manner that does not compromise the ability of future generations to meet their own needs,” states David Allen.

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BC partnership releases long version of “Asset Management for Sustainable Service Delivery: A BC Framework”


Sustainable Service Delivery integrates financial accountability, infrastructure sustainability and service delivery. “While the BC Framework was only launched in early 2015, it has garnered both national and international attention. Other provinces, as well as the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, are integrating the BC Framework into their respective work, and have identified it as a holistic and ‘easy to understand’ resource,” observes Andy Wardell.

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Asset Management BC Newsletter (Winter 2015): The Renewed Gas Tax Agreement and Asset Management, Part Two


“Within the GTA, it is clearly articulated that asset management, and its implementation by local governments, is a priority by all parties. There is recognition by all levels of government that asset management is integral in providing local government services, and managing the infrastructure needed to support those services, in a sustainable manner,” wrote Glen Brown.

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Asset Management BC Newsletter (July 2014): The Renewed Federal Gas Tax Agreement, Part One


On May 22, 2014, it was announced that the Administrative Agreement on the Federal Gas Tax Fund in British Columbia (the GTA) had been signed between Canada, British Columbia and UBCM. “Leading into our negotiations with Canada and BC, we reached out to the membership to gather feedback on the first nine years of the program. What we heard is that there was a desire to see the program streamlined, and more room provided for local decision making,” said UBCM President Rhona Martin.

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“Asset management is a continuous process, not a discrete task,” says Wally Wells, Asset Management BC


“The asset management process is a continuum; and nature is an integral part of a community’s infrastructure system. The process starts with the engineered assets that local governments provide. Communities will progress along the continuum incrementally as their understanding grows. By also accounting for and integrating the services that nature provides, over time they can achieve the goal of Sustainable Service Delivery for watershed systems,” states Wally Wells.

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New Paradigm: Watershed Systems as Infrastructure Assets


A watershed is an integrated system, is infrastructure, and must be viewed as an asset that provides municipal services. “Where a local government regulates land use, a watershed is an integral part of the drainage infrastructure assets of the local government. More specifically, the three pathways (surface, shallow lateral flow, groundwater) by which rainfall reaches streams are infrastructure assets. They provide ‘water balance services’,” stated Kim Stephens.

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Sustainable Service Delivery in BC: How do communities address the gap between expectations and resources?


“We must remember that we have inherited our prosperity and the responsibilities that go with it. Blaming past councils for deferring infrastructure investment is an exercise in futility. Now is the time for the leadership to assume the political risks, accept responsibility, and move forward,” wrote Christina Benty (former Mayor of Golden, BC) in the Fall 2015 Asset Management BC Newsletter.

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Asset Management BC Newsletter (Fall 2015): “If used properly as an adjective, the phrase ‘Sustainable Service Delivery’ makes sense,” says David Allen, City of Courtenay CAO


“Provision of Sustainable Service Delivery is the ‘New Paradigm’. It is our singular aim. Sound Asset Management practices prevent in-service failure of assets which consequently cause service delivery interruptions. Therefore, Asset Management is the means to achieve the aim. Shifting to this ‘New Paradigm’ gives us an opportunity to align the existing nature of our services with the needs of future users,” wrote David Allen.

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Incorporating Natural Capital in Infrastructure Management: Gibson’s Eco-Asset Strategy


“Natural capital assets, such as green space, aquifers, foreshore area and creeks, can be as effective as engineered (or grey) infrastructure in water management. When considering the civil function that many of our natural assets perform, in many instances at a fraction of the cost of engineered assets, it makes good sense to recognize and manage them in a manner that reflects their true worth,” concluded Dave Newman.

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