Asset Management



What is Asset Management?

Asset management involves the balancing of costs, opportunities and risks against the desired performance of assets, to achieve the organizational objectives. 

At the City of Peterborough, we practice asset management in various ways:

  • Budgeting for the end-of-life activities for our assets such as road re-construction, replacing old playground equipment, replacing underground sewer pipes, or replacing an old roof of a facility
  • Operation and maintenance work at our facilities such as replacing filters and belts on HVAC equipment, minor equipment repairs, regular testing of back-up generators, implementing inspection and maintenance programs on fire and life safety equipment and elevators, and grass cutting
  • Regular operating activities on our roads such as snow clearing, street sweeping and regular inspections to ensure our roads are safe to drive on
  • Recognizing the importance of incorporating green infrastructure assets, including natural assets, into the City's Asset Management Plan.   A Natural Asset Summary of Inventory Results and Implications report was developed in partnership with the Municipal Natural Assets Initiative (MNAI), which will assist in defining processes and methodologies for further identification of assets, ownership boundaries, service(s) provided, condition, valuation and risk management.

Asset management is about making the right decisions at the right time, and optimizing the delivery of value.

Regulatory Requirements

Recent provincial regulations have mandated municipalities to prepare a Strategic Asset Management Policy and Asset Management Plan which focuses on strengthening organizational cultures and ensuring that evidence-based planning is utilized to support the right investments at the right time.

The City of Peterborough adopted its Asset Management Policy and Procedure as the Strategic Asset Management Policy in 2018.  It outlines the purpose and our commitment towards better asset management planning practices.

What is an Asset Management Plan?

An Asset Management Plan outlines the activities required to manage assets over its entire lifecycle in a cost-effective manner.  An  Asset Management Plan typically includes the following elements: 

  • IntroductionGraphic illustrates typical elements of an Asset Management Plan as outlined in page content
  • State of Infrastructure
  • Levels of Service
  • Growth and Demand
  • Lifecycle Management
  • Risk
  • Climate Change
  • Financial Summary
  • Plan Improvement

The City of Peterborough's Council approved Asset Management Plan promotes evidence-based decision making and considers strategies to extend the lifecycle of assets to deliver services while minimizing risk.

State of Infrastructure Report

The State of Infrastructure Report provides a high-level summary of the service areas included in the Asset Management Plan.  The results of the State of Infrastructure Report is based on the following elemental questions: 

 What do we own?

The current Asset Management Plan reports City owned assets that fall into the following service areas:
  • Roads and Related Assets
  • Stormwater
  • Wastewater
  • Peterborough Transit
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Social Housing
  • Recreation
  • Peterborough Airport
  • Urban Forest
  • Social Services - Daycare
  • Arts, Culture and Heritage

The following service areas are currently not reported in the Asset Management Plan:

  • Public Works
  • Emergency Services (Fire and Police Services)
  • Information Technology Services (ITS)
  • Administration Facilities

City staff are working towards gathering the information needed to report these service areas in next iteration of the Plan.

 What is the replacement value?

The total replacement value of all assets reported in the Asset Management Plan (2019 valuation) is an estimated

$5.4 billion.

A breakdown of the total replacement value by Service Area is shown in the table below:

Service Area Total Replacement Values
Service AreaReplacement Value ($)
Wastewater $1.7 billion
Roads and Related Assets $1.6 billion
Stormwater $1.3 billion
Social Housing $251 million
Recreation $167 million
Peterborough Transit $86 million
Peterborough Airport $77 million
Urban Forest $75 million
Arts, Culture and Heritage $59 million
Solid Waste Management $41 million
Social Services - Daycare $1.0 million
 What is the condition?

Using a 5-point rating scale, condition ratings are assigned to assets across all service areas. Ratings assigned are based on using a blend of actual observations and age-based data where actual condition information is not available. The overall distributed condition and replacement value of all City-owned assets is shown in the table below:

Overall Condition Rating and Replacement Value
Overall Condition RatingReplacement Value ($)Percent of Total Replacement Value
Very Good $1.9 billion 36%
Good $1.5 billion 28%
Fair $999 million 18%
Poor $518 million 10%
Very Poor $420 million 8%

Understanding Risk

The City uses a risk rating methodology to assign a risk score to each asset included in the Asset Management Plan.

The risk ratings are composed of two factors:

  1. Asset condition
  2. Consequence of failure 

The asset condition informs the likelihood that an asset will fail, and the consequence of failure informs the impact resulting from the failure.

In addition to the asset condition, other asset information, such as size and material, was considered when assigning a risk score where possible.

The consequence of failure of an asset is assessed on a 5-point scale that evaluates the impacts on the following factors: 

  • Environmental
  • Life Safety
  • Economical
  • Legislative/Regulation
  • Social
  • Reputation

The City currently owns an estimated $788 million worth of high-risk assets.