MNAI Communities

Town of Gibsons, British Columbia

The community that started it all. Gibsons is fortunate to have many natural assets, which form a fundamental part of the Town’s infrastructure. The Gibsons Aquifer, for example, provides water storage and filtration, while delivering drinking water so pure it meets health standards without any chemical treatment.  Creeks and woodlands help manage the rainwater. And the foreshore area of the beaches acts as a natural seawall.  Click here for more information on the work they’ve completed to date on natural asset management.

location map of MNAI communities throughout Canada

Cohort 1 Communities

In 2016-17, five pilot communities tested and refined the municipal natural asset management approach and methodology: the City of Nanaimo, BC, Town of Grand Forks, BC, District of West Vancouver, BC, Town of Oakville, ON, and the Region of Peel, ON. Each community selected a natural asset of interest within their jurisdiction with which to pilot municipal natural asset management, and the MNAI team worked closely with municipal staff to guide them through the methodology. You can read the summary of the findings here, or the full reports here.

Cohort 2 Communities

In 2018-2020, six additional local governments further refined the municipal natural asset methodology that was piloted in Cohort 1, and added additional practical examples to the evidence base for municipal natural asset management. City of Courtenay, BC, District of Sparwood, BC, City of Oshawa, ON, Town of Florencevillle-Bristol, NB, Town of Riverview, NB, Village of Riverside-Albert, NB

Inventory Communities

MNAI initially focussed exclusively on supporting local governments through the entire natural asset management (NAM) cycle, which includes the assessment, planning and implementation phases. However, interest has been growing rapidly amongst local governments in developing only a natural asset inventory. The inventory is the first step in the assessment phase, which is the first phase of the full NAM cycle. Recognizing the importance of inventories as a quick, relatively inexpensive and contained first measure to launch natural asset management, MNAI started supporting these local governments in the development of inventories to help them build awareness, comfort and interest to undertake full natural asset management projects.

Logy Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador

Logy Bay-Middle Cove-Outer Cove (LBMCOC) is a small community of 2,200 people near St. John’s Nfld that’s been growing rapidly over the past few years. To ensure the growth is sustainable and can maintain its rural charm, LBMCOC embarked on its natural asset management journey by developing an inventory. The results will help the Town make evidence-based decisions on how to manage its overall asset management practices.

Logy Bay