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Edmonton’s infrastructure, the basic structural foundation of the city, includes the vast network of roads, bridges, sewers, recreation centres, libraries and other assets that serve the diverse needs of our growing population.

As the owner of billions of dollars worth of infrastructure, the City needs to be knowledgeable about the assets it owns. Edmonton was the first city in Canada to develop a comprehensive inventory of its infrastructure assets for evaluating the state and condition of diverse infrastructure assets.

All City departments responsible for the physical infrastructure provide asset data to support the corporate-wide assessment of municipal infrastructure. The data is evaluated according to age, value and condition then analyzed using asset management tools. These tools help to understand the level of investment needed to maintain the majority of the City’s very significant asset base in a state of good repair and reduce the percentage of assets in poor or very poor condition.

Every year the City works to determine the categorization, quantity, units of measure, average age, expected asset life and condition of all municipally owned assets.

Replacement Value

The replacement value provides an approximate value of the assets owned and managed by the City. This statistical value is used for estimating the dollar value of the assets for a variety of purposes.

Expected Asset Life

As assets age, reinvestment is needed to ensure that they meet their intended purpose safely. Different types of assets age at different rates, and the tolerance level of assets in a poor condition is also different. For example, drainage assets can be viable at 75 years, but a road asset would not last that long without reinvestment.


The City evaluates the condition of assets according to 3 criteria:

  • Physical condition: the condition of the physical infrastructure that allows it to meet the intended service level

  • Demand/Capacity: the capacity of the physical infrastructure and its ability to meet the service needs

  • Functionality: the ability of the physical infrastructure to meet program delivery needs

A 5-point rating system (A-very good, B-good, C-fair, D-poor and F-very poor) provides a high-level perspective of the state and condition of the City’s infrastructure. Infrastructure with a poor or very poor ranking is not performing to its designed function and not meeting program and service delivery needs.

Report Example

Edmonton conducts an inventory of all its municipal assets on an annual basis. View an example Infrastructure Inventory Report to see how the City manages and tracks its assets.

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Lifecycle Management

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