UNSM Capacity Development team began to pursue infrastructure programs such as the Asset Condition Reporting System (ACRS). This direction was reaffirmed at the board meeting on February 26, 2020. Also, in the spring of 2020, the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) approached UNSM to pilot a housing asset project.
These projects necessitated the development of an Infrastructure Program and the hiring a Technical Services Manager to provide the required expertise to properly manage them. A funding proposal was accepted by Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) to develop the Infrastructure Program and hire a Technical Services Manager to manage these and other similar projects for 2020-2025.
The Technical Services Manager will work with UNSM community staff to ensure the new Infrastructure Program supports their current and future needs. Opportunities will be developed to ensure that community staff are involved in projects and building capacity will be paramount.