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Cost-Saving Ideas for Municipalities
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 - 1:45pm
Manning Centre report includes 200+ examples of cost-saving initiatives from Canadian municipalities
In the lead up to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities annual meeting in Winnipeg this week, the Manning Centre released a report today that outlines over 200 examples of how municipalities across Canada have taken action to deliver services in a more cost-effective manner. The examples in the report came from 20 municipalities across the country.
“We often hear municipal politicians suggest they have to raise taxes,” said Manning Centre Policy Analyst John Whittaker. “Our report includes a lot of really interesting initiatives that Canadian municipalities have pursued to save money. We’re hoping to encourage municipalities to share even more of their good, money-saving ideas.”
In January and February 2016, the Manning Centre asked 75 municipalities for examples of initiatives they have undertaken in the recent past to deliver services more cost-effectively. 20 municipalities responded to the information request, contributing over 200 examples. The Manning Centre included those responses – verbatim – in Municipal Efficiencies: Examples of Cost-Saving Initiatives from Across Canada.
Some of the more noteworthy examples included:
- Fredericton, NB – By adopting an “anti-idling” policy for the city’s bus fleet, 17,353 litres of fuel was saved; leading to a cost savings of $20,000 per year.
- Victoria, BC – The city created a more competitive tender process, allowing it to receive bids from around the world for the provision of goods and services. Not only did the new system save $20,000 in annual photocopy and courier costs, the city estimates the increase in competition has led to millions of dollars in savings.
- Brandon, MB – By partnering with two companies on a sewage facility, the City of Brandon expects to save between $23-29 million over twenty years.
- Calgary, AB – By making technological upgrades at one of the City’s three wastewater plants, Calgary is able to save $2.1 million annually by converting bio-gas to electricity instead of using natural gas.
- Markham, ON – By retrofitting 12,458 streetlights with LED, the city is able to save $795,000 annually in energy and maintenance costs.
“From turning off buses instead of idling and burning fuel to improving tender processes to improve competition and drive down costs, there are lots of things municipalities can do to save money,” added Whittaker.
To view the report – click here