$200 Million Flood Mitigation Program Launched in Canada

Canada recently launched its National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) as part of the Government’s commitment to build safer and more resilient communities and address rising flood risks and costs in Canada.

In recognition of increasing disaster risks and costs, the government in Canada has earmarked $200 million (approx. US$ 165 million) over five years to establish the NDMP.

The NDMP will address rising flood risks and costs, and build the foundation for informed mitigation investments that could reduce, or even negate, the effects of flood events in the future.

According to a statement by Public Safety Canada:

“The NDMP fills a critical gap in Canada’s ability to effectively mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from, flood-related events by building a body of knowledge on flood risks in Canada, and investing in foundational flood mitigation activities. Knowledge that is up-to-date and accessible will not only help governments, communities and individuals to understand flood risks and employ effective mitigation strategies to reduce the impacts of flooding, but will also further discussions on developing a residential flood insurance market in Canada.”

The main objective of the new NDMP is to reduce the impacts of natural disasters on Canadians by focusing investments on significant, recurring flood risk and costs; and advancing work to facilitate private residential insurance for overland flooding.

Mr. Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, said:

“This important investment will help reduce flood-related costs for all levels of government and help Canadians in high-risk communities avoid the heartache associated with recurring flooding in their communities.”

Provincial and territorial governments are the eligible recipients for funding under the NDMP.  However, provincial and territorial authorities may collaborate with, and redistribute funding to eligible entities, such as municipal or other local governments, public sector bodies, private sector bodies, band councils, international non-government organizations or any combination of these entities.

Through the NDMP, the Government of Canada will cost-share flood mitigation project costs of up to 50 per cent of eligible provincial projects and up to 75 per cent of eligible projects in the territories. Projects will be selected for funding through a competitive, merit-based process using objective and measurable criteria.

Main Areas of Focus

There are four funding streams available under the NDMP, revealing the main areas of focus in the fight against floods in Canada. The 4 areas are: risk assessment, flood mapping, mitigation planning and investments in non-structural and small-scale structural mitigation projects.

Floods in Calgary, Canada, June 2013
Floods in Calgary, Canada, June 2013