The Ontario government announced Friday that 58 municipalities across the province will be receiving help with the planning of each of their infrastructures.

The West Parry Sound area municipalities of Carling, McDougall, and Whitestone will all be participating in the first phase of the project called AMP It Up 2.0, which will provide expert, in-person assistance – up to 40 hours in some cases – from professionals who will offer tailored advice on each town’s asset management and infrastructure needs.

Also included in the first phase is the Village of Burk’s Falls.

Parry Sound-Muskoka MPP Norm Miller says the plan will make life easier for small municipalities.

“We know that infrastructure spending benefits families and businesses. This will help ensure the funds are spent on the right projects.”

The province says, “ultimately, asset management planning can help maximize the benefits provided by infrastructure and stretch capital dollars by informing strategically-sound spending decisions”.

Effective January 1, 2018, all 444 municipalities across the province must prepare asset management plans for their infrastructure, such as bridges, roads, and water treatment plants.