CPWA has a history of involvement in national collaborative initiatives, such as the National Round Table on Sustainable Infrastructure (NRTSI), National Asset Management Working Group (NAMWG), Municipal Infrastructure Forum (MIF), and was one of the four founding organizations which produced the Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) in 2012 and 2016. The majority of CPWA’s projects are collaborative works involving other stakeholders with similar interest in issues related to building better communities, infrastructure, and public works.
Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC)
CPWA was among the four organizations that created and made up the steering committee for the first Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) in 2012 and the most recent edition in 2016. The Report Card project was created to establish a rigorous, repeatable process for assessing the health of Canada’s infrastructure and to inform Canadians, policymakers and other stakeholders about issues and trends. The 2012 CIRC assessed the condition of infrastructure in four categories: drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, and municipal roads. The data was taken from a survey conducted in 2009 - 2010 and included responses from 123 Canadian municipalities.
The second edition of the CIRC was released January 18, 2016, based on data collected from a survey launched on October 27, 2014. This edition of the CIRC survey was expanded to collect information on the state of municipal transit, sport and recreation infrastructure, asset management, and local bridges, and the survey gathered more detail on inventory, condition and replacement value than the survey developed for the 2012 edition. There was a marked increase in the number of questions answered by participants and therefore an improvement in the availability and quality of data that informed the findings.
CPWA’s current representation on the Steering Committee is Steve Wyton from the City of Calgary.
Canadian Infrastructure Report Card-Asset Management Primer
The 2012 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card demonstrated the need for a better practice of asset management in Canadian municipalities. The CIRC Steering Committee worked with the Canadian Network of Asset Managers (CNAM) to provide a “primer” for asset management which makes recommendations and serves as a resource.
Municipal Infrastructure Forum (MIF)
The Municipal Infrastructure Forum (MIF) is a Federation of Canadian Municipalities-led discussion forum that joins municipal leaders, businesses and professional associations in a discussion of issues pertaining to the development of a long term infrastructure plan. Working together since 2012, the Forum has provided “principles for a long term infrastructure plan” to assist the government in setting priorities in programs such as the New Building Canada Plan. The MIF continues to provide input on infrastructure funding.
(Photo: Members of the MIF present "Principles for Long Term Infrastructure Plan")
CPWA National Public Works Week (NPWW)
CPWA’s National Public Works Week is a CPWA project held the third week of May each year. CPWA and municipalities use the week to promote the public works profession and highlight the services that public works provides to communities. Joining with APWA in this celebration, cities, states and provinces on both sides of the border provide public awareness, education, public works tours, school visits, equipment parades, rodeos, and staff appreciation events. CPWA also holds an awards contest for Canadian municipalities who celebrate NPWW. More information about NPWW and the contest can be found on the Outreach > Nat'l Public Works Week section of this website.
InfraGuide, a collection of case studies, best practice reports and e-learning tools for sustainable municipal infrastructure, was a collaboration of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM), the National Research Council, and Infrastructure Canada. FCM maintains the tools and resources created during this 2001 - 2007 program/collaboration.
National Round Table on Sustainable Infrastructure (NRTSI)
From 2005 to 2008, CPWA joined other infrastructure stakeholders in a discussion forum to promote synergies among the diverse community of infrastructure practitioners, managers and users in order to focus on better asset management and an improved understanding of the planning options necessary to address infrastructure funding priorities. The www.nrtsi.ca website includes documents, FAQs and other information from this project.
National Asset Management Working Group
The National Asset Management Working Group (NAMWG) was established at the same time as the NRTSI Working Group. At the time, NAMWG was independent of the NRTSI Working Group. As the work of both groups progressed, the NAMWG aligned itself with NRTSI to ensure that its work was consistent with, yet did not duplicate, the work of the groups associated with the NRTSI. The NAMWG provided an “Asset Management Framework for Canada” document.