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The Government of Ontario’s new municipal asset management planning regulation (O. Reg. 588/2017 under the Infrastructure for Jobs and Prosperity Act, 2015) came into effective January 1st

As a core pillar of the province’s infrastructure agenda since 2012, the updated regulation will help municipalities better identify, manage and work to address their infrastructure challenges.  It will do this by helping communities better understand what core services need to be supported over the long-term and encourage their seeking of new opportunities to address infrastructure challenges through innovative solutions. 

The regulation introduces significant improvements to current municipal asset management requirements; the product of nearly two years of development and consultation with construction industry stakeholders, municipalities and the public.  Recognizing the nature and scope presented by these changes, the province will gradually phase-in new regulatory requirements over the next six years.  The Ministry of Infrastructure has outlined the following key regulatory milestones Ontario’s municipalities will have to observe:

  • January 1, 2018 – O. Reg. 588/2017 comes into effect – municipalities have no requirements to meet at this time.
  • July 1, 2019 – Municipalities must have a finalized strategic asset management policy in place.
  • July 1, 2021 – Municipalities must have in place an approved asset management plan for core assets that discusses current levels of service and details the cost of maintaining those services.  Core assets are defined under the regulation as roads, bridges and culverts, water, wastewater and stormwater management.
  • July 1, 2023 – Municipalities must have in place an approved asset management plan for all municipal infrastructure assets, detailing current levels of service and the cost for maintaining those levels of service.
  • July 1, 2024 – Municipalities must have in place an approved asset management plan for all municipal infrastructure assets that builds upon the 2023 requirements, including proposed levels of service, activities necessary to maintain those levels of services and a strategy to fund those activities.

Consulting Engineers of Ontario has played an active role in this initiative and will continue to work closely with the province, municipalities and other industry stakeholders throughout the implementation of the new regulation.

A copy of the new regulation is available on Ontario’s e-laws website here. Should you have any questions about the regulation, its implementation or what it means for Ontario’s consulting engineering industry, please contact David Zurawel at 416-620-1400 ext. 222 or dzurawel@ceo.on.ca.