Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced over $7.75 million in funding to support work on 61 new projects in Ontario under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP).
Of the 61 projects announced:
- 10 will provide funding for the completion of risk assessments to inform flood risks for a total of $803,502 in federal funding;
- 18 will help communities identify specific impacts of a flood event on structures and people through the development of flood maps and models for a total of $1,660,138 in federal funding;
- 13 will help communities plan to mitigate against future flood events for a total of $2,019,829;
- 7 will fund small-structural mitigation projects for a total of $2,062,487 in federal funding; and
- 13 will fund non-structural mitigation projects for a total of $1,212,319 in federal funding.
“This spring, Ontario residents witnessed first-hand how weather-related natural disasters are getting more severe, more frequent, more damaging, and more expensive due to climate change. Through the NDMP, the Government of Canada is committed to working with all of our partners to better identify, plan for, and reduce the impact of weather-related emergencies and natural disasters,” Goodale said.
The Government of Canada cost-shares up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses for projects submitted by provinces and 75 per cent of eligible expenses for projects submitted by territories under the NDMP.
“Extreme spring flooding is happening more frequently in Ontario. It’s costing Ontarians millions of dollars to repair the damage to their homes and businesses, along with local infrastructure like roads and bridges,” said Steve Clark, Ontario’s Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Flood mitigation projects play an important role in protecting communities and reducing the damage caused by extreme weather events. Our government is pleased to help communities access funds through the National Disaster Mitigation Program to help protect Ontarians from future flood damage.”
Since the launch of the NDMP in 2015, the Government of Canada has contributed almost $40 million under the program for 189 projects across the province.