The City of Cambridge provides essential services for our community that enables its strategic vision of “a place for people to prosper.” The sustainable delivery of these services is dependent on a wide range of assets that must be managed effectively and well- maintained.

The management of these assets (which include everything from our roads networks and water & sewer infrastructure to our buildings and arenas) is influenced by a range of factors and requires the City to coordinate its planning to balance expenditures, services, and risk across this diverse portfolio of assets – a process referred to as asset management.

The City of Cambridge has proactively adopted formal asset management since 2006 for core infrastructure. The City published its first Asset Management Plan for core infrastructure in 2013.

Based on early successes and maturing asset management processes for core infrastructure, Council approved a corporate Asset Management Mandate in 2015 to expand asset management processes to include other services.

The City adopted Strategic Asset Management Policyin April 2019. 

Asset Management Plan

The updated Asset Management Plan, prepared in consultation with stakeholders, was officially endorsed by City Council on January 21, 2020) 

The Asset Management Plan provides an overview of the state of infrastructure owned, operated and maintained by the City to best serve residents and businesses.

The goals of the City are to maintain and improve assets in order to provide reliable and efficient services, build new infrastructure for service improvements, and support future growth.

A priority is to provide innovative leadership in the management of City assets to help plan, fund and maintain city assets in a sustainable way. Through the adoption of forward-thinking, proactive programs, the City is better able to monitor the condition of assets and to plan for future generations.

Overview

  • The assets are at varying stages in their lifespans.

    Pie Chart of asset areas brokendown
  • The 2019 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card identifies that 58 per cent of municipal assets across the country are rated as being in very good condition or good condition. Currently, Cambridge exceeds this national average with 70 per cent of its infrastructure in good or very good condition.

  • A total capital investment of $496.0 million is required over the next ten years to maintain existing assets in a good state of repair and to provide municipal financing for new infrastructure to support growth.

  • The 2020-2029 Capital Investment Plan provides for infrastructure investment of $358.5 million through various City funding sources and $45.3 million through debt financing, resulting in a funding gap of $92.2 million between our assessed infrastructure investment needs and current capital investment funding for the next 10 years.

  • The resulting funding gap is in key areas such as transportation, stormwater management, recreation & culture and resource management.

  • There is no funding gap for the City’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure needs for the 10 year period to 2029. The infrastructure needs are fully funded through the long-range financial plan to ensure continued delivery of safe drinking water to the community.

  • The City continues to work with all levels of government to identify funding opportunities and to explore alternative revenue streams such as stormwater management utility, implementation of a special infrastructure levy, public-private partnerships, debt financing and sponsorship strategies to address this infrastructure gap.

  • To minimize service interruptions, the City has adopted risk based integrated capital planning and prioritization of capital projects based on multiple criteria.

How we manage assets 

Our progressive strategy for asset management for the City of Cambridge started in 2004 following The National Guide to Infrastructure Sustainability. The strategy continues to mature in Cambridge to align with international efforts addressing the need to sustain urban infrastructure to support residents, commercial and institutional customers. We use targeted maintenance, renewal and replacement programs. To decide which assets are in the greatest need of repair or replacement, we consider certain information about our infrastructure, such as:

  • Current condition
  • Capacity (current and future)
  • Risk (consequences of failure and probability of occurrence)
  • Level of service
  • Estimated remaining serviceable life
  • Cost

The amount of planning that goes into asset management allows the City of Cambridge to invest for today and ensures future generations have infrastructure that is well taken care of and operates efficiently and effectively.

Cambridge Infrastructure 2019

Breakdown of current infrastructure value:
Type of InfrastructureDescriptionValue
Transportation System 1,006 lane km of local and collector roads (not including regional
roads), 665 km of sidewalks, 104km trails, 22 parking lots, 604 retaining walls and streetlights
$594,614,000
Wastewater Collection Network 532 km of sanitary pipes, 17 pumping stations $556,102,000
Stormwater Management Network 371 km of storm pipes, 1,195 culverts, 87 storm water management facilities, and 3 dams $529,148,000
Drinking Water Distribution Network 509 km of water distribution network (Excluding regional transmission network) $544,864,000
Emergency Services 6 fire halls and 30 fleet vehicles $41,617,000

 Parks 64 playgrounds, 95 sports fields, 41 park facilities, cemeteries, 60,000 trees $72,390,000 
 Recreation & Culture 6 arenas, 5 pools, 6 libraries, 2 theatres, market, museum and community centres  $249,547,000
 Resource Management Corporate facilities, fleet vehicles and equipment and information technology and communication infrastructure  $169,027,000

 

Technology

The Cambridge's Asset Management Division uses technology to collect, organize, store and analyze data about daily activities needed to operate, repair, maintain and renew infrastructure that provides municipal services. This helps us understand the short and long term requirements of operating, maintaining and renewing infrastructure. This information also allows us to manage costs, revenue, reserves and resources to avoid declines in service levels or sudden rate increases.

The City of Cambridge has made significant investments in technology, including: