British Columbia receives $16.5 million to improve flood mitigation

Published: November 19, 2018

Updated: November 20, 2018

Author: Luke Jones

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$16.5 million in funding has been pledged to British Columbia to help efforts to boost flood mitigation. Coming from both the federal and provincial governments, the money will provide additional support to several flood resilience projects in B.C.

Funds are part of the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) and will contribute to 32 flood mitigation projects in British Columbia. With climate change bringing increased flood events with more severe consequences, the need for updated resilience infrastructure is growing.

“Weather-related natural disasters are getting more severe, more frequent, more damaging and more expensive, threatening the safety of our communities and our economy. Through the National Disaster Mitigation Program, the Government of Canada is protecting the neighbourhood surrounding Vancouver’s Locarno Beach from flooding,” said Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra Joyce Murray, on behalf of Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Ralph Goodale.

In a press release to announce the funding, NDMP said $2.16 million will be added to projects from non-government organizations. Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada announced how the funds will be split between flood projects in the province:

  • 14 will provide funding for the completion of risk assessments to inform flood risks for a total of $2.31 million;
  • Five will help communities identify specific impacts of a flood event on structures and people through the development of flood maps for a total of $1.89 million;
  • Two will help communities plan to mitigate against future flooding events for a total of $583,100; and,
  • 11 will fund small-scale structural mitigation projects for a total of $13.89 million.

“After two straight years of severe summer wildfires and significant spring flooding, the importance of disaster mitigation and emergency preparedness has never been so clear. This program and partnership with the federal government will help make our cities, towns and villages more resilient in the face of disasters that are increasing in both frequency and severity,” said Emergency Preparedness British Columbia parliamentary secretary Jennifer Rice.