Municipalities provide stewardship of infrastructure through asset management plans. These plans are generally focused on service-based outcomes to meet municipal strategic goals. Because uncertainty exists with the potential impact of climate change effects on infrastructure performance, it is important to understand the current state of municipal readiness to address climate change effects, as well as the broader municipal needs, challenges and gaps (e.g. technical, financial, organizational factors). If municipalities do not consider the impacts of climate change in their infrastructure planning, they could experience a greater risk of damage to their infrastructure stock, and there could be significant costs and losses in the future. A preliminary assessment of climate change considerations within asset management plans for rural Ontario municipalities is explored in this study. The general readiness landscape is synthesized and a discussion on the path forward is presented. This unique study highlights the existing capabilities of rural Ontario municipalities to utilize best practices for the asset management of core infrastructure. The integration of climate change considerations, however, presents challenges where enabling strategies are currently being developed.

CSCE General Conference 2018, Held as Part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference 2018
Department of Psychology

Kenny, S. (Shawn), Dupre, K, & McEvoy, A. (Amanda). (2018). Climate change considerations within the asset management of core infrastructure for rural Ontario municipalities- A n initial assessment. In CSCE General Conference 2018, Held as Part of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering Annual Conference 2018 (pp. 155–164).