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What we do
The Facility and Energy Management department spearheads facility design and construction for the corporation. More so today than ever before, a significant part of the work we do includes reviewing and implementing corporate energy and climate change initiatives.
In addition, ensuring the public has proper access to not only our buildings, but to all of services, is incorporated into the work we do in accessibility services. Maintaining our corporate buildings is rooted in this department to ensure cleanliness and safety for both staff and visitors.
Why we do it
Designing and constructing new facilities to meet the growing needs of our community is foundational in our Building our Future Strategic Plan pillar. But it’s more than just the brick and mortar, it’s about ensuring these new facilities (and existing facilities) comply with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act standards to create an inclusive, connected and prosperous community.
Reducing corporate energy usage through conservation and efficiency improvements, incorporating renewable energy sources and reducing corporate greenhouse gas emissions are priority goals for both the corporation and the community. They are top of mind and align with our corporate environmental sustainability initiatives and with the Sustaining our Future Strategic Plan pillar.
2021 to 2024+ initiatives
- Continue to find and implement operational efficiencies and improve the customer and staff experience at City facilities.
- Extend lifecycle of building and equipment assets with preventative maintenance activities to mitigate potential issues before they arise and respond efficiently to unforeseen maintenance needs.
- Continue the facility needs assessment to include fire, emergency medical services and the Farmers’ Market and update the inventory of building condition assessments to inform the 10-year capital budget as part of the City’s corporate asset management program.
- Develop plans and solutions for stranded City real estate assets which currently are not being utilized or are under-utilized.
- Upgrade accessibility at City facilities and provide site plan review services and consulting services to our construction project teams, and train staff to ensure compliance with the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements.
- Continue to lead a number of the City’s Tier 1 capital projects including the construction of the South End Community Centre, Baker District Redevelopment, Transit Electrification Infrastructure and the design of City Operations Campus.
Operating budget—Revenues and expenses
2021 budget impacts
$274,190 or 8.0% net increase in budget in 2021 due to:
- $100,000 proposed increase in compensation for a Maintenance Technician due to growing requirements for corporate building maintenance.
- $75,000 increase in compensation for a maintenance position transferred from Court Services.
- The remaining net budget increase is inflationary in nature.
2022 to 2024 budget impacts
- Proposed hiring of three Capital Infrastructure Project Managers to deliver on the asset management strategy.
- Proposed hiring of a Maintenance Technician due to the growing requirements for building maintenance.
- Proposed hiring of one administrative support position to assist Project Managers.
- The remaining increases are inflationary in nature.