Canadian Climate Forum: Syposium 2016

The Canadian Climate Forum’s 2016 Symposium will be held October 20-21 in Ottawa. ACT Executive Director Deb Harford is is on the Advisory Board of the CCF, and this Symposium promises to be an informative and exciting opportunity!

Check out the information below, and click here to register.

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Beta Version of CoastAdapt Launched


CoastAdapt: A new tool for a changing climate helps coastal communities prepare

Coastal decision makers can now test a new tool that provides them with pretty much everything they need to adapt their community or business to coastal climate impacts.

Click here to access CoastAdapt.

CoastAdapt is an online decision support and information delivery system designed specifically to meet the needs of coastal decision makers in government and business as well as community groups and NGOs.

The beta version was launched in Melbourne on 23 August by the National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF) at a meeting with local, state and national leaders in coastal management. It is now open for review and feedback.

CoastAdapt brings together a diverse range of information, maps, guidance, and international and Australian examples of coastal adaptation in three main sections.

  1. Current reliable information on all aspects of coastal management under climate change including access to nationally consistent data sets.
  2. A decision support system, known as C-CADS, takes users through steps to determine what response is necessary, timing of actions, costs and how to monitor and evaluate the results.
    1. An online forum for the community of adaptors, CoastExchange, is where users can share problems, news and ideas. A highlight of this forum is ‘Ask an expert’ where coastal decision-makers can pose questions to a panel of experts.

In developing CoastAdapt, NCCARF incorporated input from around 700 coastal decision makers through an extensive consultation process.  Nine local governments and one industry group have also been intensively involved as tool development partners to provide detailed feedback on both the structure and content of the tool.

The beta version of CoastAdapt is now open for review and feedback.  Follow the links in the section below to visit the site. review and consultation will be open until November 2016. The final version of CoastAdapt will be launched in 2017.

Provide feedback on CoastAdapt

Decision makers are being given early access to the beta tool to provide feedback by November 2016.

You can provide feedback in three ways:

  1. through providing comments via the ‘feedback’ tab on the side of the page as you use the tool
  2. once you have had experience of the tool you can access our survey here (and you can go into the draw to win an ipad)
  3. by emailing your comments to info-nccarf@griffith.edu.au.

Post-Doctoral Research Opportunity: Climate Change Governance


The Faculty of Environment, University of Waterloo, is offering a post-doctoral opportunity that will support research on Canadian and international climate change and flood risk governance.

Policymakers have started to explore the adoption of “risk-based” approaches to disaster management—such as the use of risk assessments as a condition for disaster mitigation funding—and the expansion of private insurance to replace government disaster assistance. The post-doctoral fellow (PDF) would join the research research team of Dr. Thistlethwaite,  Dr. Daniel Scott and Dr. Daniel Henstra in the Interdisciplinary Centre for Climate Change (IC3) to assess the social, political and economic implications of risk-based flood governance in Canada. Multiple funded projects are underway and the PDF would work closely with the research team to complete these projects and translate the findings into academic, policy and industry targeted publications, including comparisons with lessons from international experience with risk-based governance.

The successful candidate will:

  • Work with Dr. Thistlethwaite, Scott and Henstra to produce co-authored peer reviewed journal articles based on recent survey, interview, content analysis and policy modeling studies.
  • Develop plain language and policy reports to target government and industry audiences.
  • Conduct independent research to expand the scope of the projects by examining risk-based policy instruments and drawing lessons from international experience.
  • Develop grant applications to support expansion of the projects in Canada and internationally.


  • Completed all requirements for a doctoral degree by the date of acceptance of the fellowship, in one of the following fields: public policy/administration, political science, management, decision-making, risk-management, climate change adaptation, environmental studies and geography, OR Received a PhD no more than 3 years before the application deadline.
  • Successful publication and grant record;
  • Experience and interests in knowledge mobilization strategies with government and business decision-makers;
  • Candidates with a research background related to disaster management and flood risk are preferred.

Location: Waterloo, Ontario, Canada
Starting Date: Fall 2016
Length: 1 year (with potential renewal for up to 2 years)
Available Funding:

  • The applicant will receive a $42,000 fellowship (plus benefits), with the possibility of renewal for an additional 2 years.

Applications will be judged on the basis of the applicant demonstrating:

  • Evidence of scholarly ability and achievement (e.g. publications; awards; grants)
  • Interest and/or expertise in the subject area and countries identified;
  • Expertise in quantitative, qualitative, and/or comparative analysis methods

How to apply: Please e-mail your C.V. and 1 or 2 representative publications to Jason Thistlethwaite (j2thistl@uwaterloo.ca). In addition, please provide two letters of recommendation which should be sent to the same e-mail address. Applicants must have an accredited PhD (expected completion by August 30th, 2016) from an accredited institution.


Integrated Proposal to Tackle Canada’s Climate Change Challenges

ACT – Integrated Proposal to Tackle Climate Change Challenges (PDF download)

On August 12, 2016, ACT submitted the following comment to the federal government’s public consultation gathering feedback for the upcoming national climate change plan:

Integrated Proposal to Tackle Canada’s Climate Change Challenges


1. Recognize the urgency.

Changes to the composition of the atmosphere, loss of biodiversity and growing water demands are accelerating changes to the global water cycle. This is reducing water security for a wide range of uses in every region of Canada and resulting in increasing economic damage. As the atmosphere warms, it has greater capacity to hold water vapour, thus magnifying potential impacts. Addressing climate change requires urgent and persistent on-going policy attention.

2. Undertake multiple solutions to managing the nexus of water, food, energy and biodiversity.

The intersection of water, food and energy systems with loss of biodiversity has become an accepted platform for reconciling sectoral interests. But we face so many overlapping and intersecting interests we can no longer afford to fix them one at a time or in isolation to one another. Future development must be ecologically and socially restorative to increase benefits associated with proper functioning natural systems. More attention must also be applied to understanding how impacts of climate change affect our fragile political systems, vulnerable global economy and already tense international relations in a crowded and warming world.

3. Set a binding target for Canada to become carbon neutral by mid-century.

This is the aspirational goal of the Paris Agreement and Canada should take a leading role in its achievement. This requires integrating the reduction of GHG emissions with adapting to the effects of climate change, a combination we have termed Low Carbon Resilience. Some of the resources associated with pricing carbon should be applied to undertaking the integrated solutions outlined above. These involve protecting and restoring ecosystems to increase carbon absorption; urban planning that combines emissions reduction and adaptation measures; policies for eco-agricultural practices that protect biodiversity; water conservation; maintaining carbon resilient soils and greatly reducing food waste. It also means shifting from centralized energy supply infrastructure to distributed business models based on renewable energy, reduced marginal costs due to rapidly changing technology, and demand management.


ACT published The Climate Nexus – Water, Food and Energy in a Changing World in 2015, focusing on the crisis in the Nexus and its implications for the Canadian economy. The sequel will be published in Fall 2017 and will examine how we can manage the Nexus. The recommendations in this brief provide a preview of this book. Details of policies required to implement the recommendations are included in the Technical Briefing in the PDF.


2016 Livable Cities Forum: Sept 12-14 in Halifax


Are you around Halifax this September? Check out the 2016 Livable Cities Forum, September 12th-14th:

2016 Livable Cities Forum
September 12-14, 2016 | Halfiax, NS
The Forum is the ideal place to explore innovative tools for financing and implementing adaptation actions within communities; learn from cities about best practices in building resilience across Canada; and develop an advanced knowledge of unique and emerging perspectives in local adaptation.

ACT Researcher Edward Nichol will also be presenting at this conference on Low Carbon Resilience, an important emerging concept in the adaptation community. Remember to also read ACT’s latest report on this topic here.

For more information on the Livable Cities Forum and to register, click here.

Climate Job: Strategic Communications Lead


Strategic Communications Lead
Climate Impacts Group, University of Washington
Apply by: August 15th

The Climate Impacts Group is seeking a full-time Strategic Communications Lead to guide and support their efforts in developing and implementing a proactive, organization-wide communication strategy focused on informing conversations about climate impacts across the Pacific Northwest.


Like many of the positions within the Climate Impacts Group, we are looking for an individual with a wide range of skills and interests; someone who comfortably wears many hats in an organization, and welcomes new challenges that present opportunities to develop new proficiencies. Specific duties for the Strategic Communications Lead include:

Communication Innovation and Leadership

  • Coordinate closely with senior staff to develop the Climate Impacts Group’s communications strategy, objectives, and tactics
  • Based on the long-term communications strategy, develop existing and new products (e.g., written materials, visualizations, infographics) and outreach opportunities (e.g., in-person meetings, webinars, email lists) to improve the Climate Impact Group’s engagement of targeted sets of stakeholders
  • Enhance the engagement of key audiences through the Climate Impacts Group’s new website and social media tools
  • Identify ways for the Climate Impacts Group to assess the effectiveness of its communications, outreach, and engagement activities, and how to better “tell the story” of the organization and its partners
  • Understand regional media and communications markets and develop messaging opportunities around current and future Climate Impacts Group activities

Project Management and Execution

  • Organize and manage communication events (e.g., seminars, webinars, workshops), coordinating among UW, College, and CIG staff; participants; and attendees
  • Track and prepare reports regarding communications and engagement activities involving Climate Impacts Group staff
  • Provide a full range of editorial support to management and staff on materials intended for publication or public presentation, recommending revisions, format changes, alternative methods of presentation, or refinements as necessary.
  • Maintain and update the content on the Climate Impacts Group’s website
  • Routinely post information for stakeholders using email distribution lists, newsletters, and social media tools
  • Create communications products, which can involve elements of writing and design, and where appropriate, the identification and supervision of outside experts (e.g., for products involving graphic design, photography, video, or online applications); oversee the roll-out and distribution of these products
  • Coordinate and collaborate with College of the Environment and University of Washington communications and public relations staff, leveraging resources and assuring mutual benefit

External Relations and Fundraising

  • Serve as the lead point of contact for media requests and speaking engagements for the Climate Impacts Group
  • Engage directly with stakeholders (the general public, agencies, media) conducting presentations, webinars,  and meetings, etc., and through the various written products including, emails, the website, reports, and more.
  • Develop and maintain a professional network among regional and national media outlets, and among communications professionals at partner organizations associated with climate impacts and resilience work
  • Play a contributing role in growing the funding base of the communications program, including identification of appropriate grant and contract opportunities; successful development of proposals; and successful stewardship of funders, including donor individuals, corporations, and foundations.

The Strategic Communications Lead will report to the Director. Reflecting our team approach, the position will also be advised and/or directed by other senior staff, as needed for specific projects.

For more information and to apply, click here.



Free Webinar: Drought in BC


Dealing with Drought – What Communities Need to Know
Presented by: The BC Provincial Government Ministry of Forests Lands and Natural Resources
August 11th, 2016
1:30 – 2:30 pm

The drought of 2015 was the most severe in recent memory and impacted many communities across the province. Water suppliers were scrambling to manage water supplies to avoid negative impacts to communities, the environment, and economy.  Many imposed water conservation bylaws and managed water efficiently but some communities were within weeks of running out of water.

While conditions in 2016 are not as severe as in 2015, some level of drought is expected in some areas of the province this year.  With the objective of improving awareness and preparing for drought in 2016 and beyond, the Province will be holding this interactive Drought Webinar.

This webinar will:

  • describe the current status of drought and forecasts for the province
  • discuss the possible impacts of drought (including new tools for water regulation under the Water Sustainability Act),
  • provide information for planning and preparing for drought including accessing funding for drought preparation,
  • provide guidance for what to do in extreme situations,
  • provide links to information resources, and
  • include an interactive question and answer session.

To register for this free webinar and receive access information, please send an email to bcdrought@gov.bc.ca by Tuesday August 9th at 4:00 pm.  If you have any questions please email us, or phone Rachael Ruszel at 250-387-6308.


Communications to Advance Canada’s Climate Commitment – Seeking Project Leader


Request for Proposals

Communications to Advance Canada’s Climate Commitment – Seeking Project Leader


The Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network (CEGN) is seeking a consultant to take on the role of Project Leader for a short-term initiative to develop and enhance communications activities in support of the achievement of Canada’s climate commitment. A strong track record in planning and delivering communications initiatives is a key requirement for the successful applicant. The contract for the Project Leader will be for $50,000 (inclusive of HST) for the period of August 15th, 2016 to January 31st, 2017.


The Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network (CEGN) is comprised of more than 60 funders – private and community foundations, as well as corporate and government environmental grant programs – working to strengthen the impact of philanthropy in support of a sustainable future for Canadians. CEGN members provide grants and make investments across a wide range of environmental issues, including climate and energy. The role for philanthropy in advancing a low carbon future for Canada has been the focus of the CEGN’s Low Carbon Funders’ Group, which has identified better communications as a critical need in realizing the commitment that Canada made at the Paris climate negotiations at the end of last year.

An overview of the initiative has been developed and includes the following activities:

  • Piloting a climate communications hub with an initial focus on federal climate leadership
  • Developing a report card on provincial policies
  • Building the public narrative
  • Communicating modelling to meet Canada’s 2020 Target.

Committed funding for the project is approximately $250,000, including the funds for the Project Leader.

The project will be guided by a Steering Committee. Overall project administration will be the responsibility of CEGN and the Project Leader will report to the CEGN Executive Director.

Responsibilities of Project Leader:

The Project Leader will report to the Project Administrator, with responsibilities spelled out in a contract with CEGN. These responsibilities will include:

  • Working from the original project overview, the Project Leader will develop a work plan (based on the expectation of the work comprising one FTE for the project duration) and implementation strategy for review and approval by the Steering Committee. We expect that some elements of the initial project proposal will be revisited based on the knowledge and the expertise of the Project Leader, as well as budgetary constraints.
  • Identifying and organizing sub-contracting arrangements to complete the work that will be undertaken. These contracts will be administered through CEGN.
  • Reporting to the Steering Committee on the project’s progress and responding to issues raised by the Steering Committee.
  • In concert with the Project Administrator, ensuring budgetary oversight of the project. 

Responding to the RFP:

If interested in responding to the RFP, please start by contacting Pegi Dover at CEGN with a request to receive the complete project overview. She can be reached at: pegi_dover@cegn.org

Proposals should include the following:

  • Biography or CV of the project leader applicant.
  • Information on communications work, relevant to this RFP
  • Suggested approach to the work and comments on the initiative as it is currently outlined (i.e. priorities; challenges; opportunities)
  • At least two references


Responses to the RFP will be accepted until the end of day on Monday, August 1st. It is expected that a decision as to the successful applicant will be made within one week of the receipt of the responses and that work will be underway by mid-August.

Proposal Submission:

Please submit your response to this RFP by email to the attention of:

Pegi Dover
Executive Director
Canadian Environmental Grantmakers’ Network
Email: pegi_dover@cegn.org

For further information, please contact Pegi at the above email address or at: 647-288-8891.


Report: Bees Key Contributor to BC’s Economy


A new report outlines the important contributions that bees make to B.C.’s economy. This report commissioned by Vancity Credit Union and was prepared by Mark Winston, Professor at Simon Fraser University, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Dialogue, and also co-founder of ACT.

The report, Sweet Deal: The value of bees to British Columbia’s economy, found that B.C.’s bees are thriving with one of the highest annual colony survival rates in North America. While bee populations are declining worldwide, B.C. honeybees are thriving, helping to generate close to $500 million in annual economic activity. It also found the B.C. bee industry has the potential to grow by at least $50 million within the next five years.

Factors that contribute to the strong performance of B.C. honeybees include a high level of expertise among local beekeepers, robust extension and training programs from both government and the private sector and a high diversity and abundance of flowering plants upon which bees can forage for nectar and pollen.

Read more about the report here.


Webinar: Resilient Coasts Canada Online Platform


From MEOPAR and UBC:

RESILIENT-C ONLINE PLATFORM: Planning for coastal hazard risk reduction and climate adaptation
Wednesday, August 10th: 11:00 AND 2:00. 

This half-hour webinar will provide participants with an overview of the Resilient Coasts Canada Platform, including how to use it for coastal risk reduction and climate change adaptation planning. The hosts will demonstrate how to access and use the interactive Resilient-C platform to gain insight on local initiatives for coastal community planning in the Strait of Georgia. The session will feature several relevant user scenarios to guide participants through the tool, followed by a Q&A period. The webinar will be offered several times in order to facilitate your participation.

Please register for only one time slot. Click here to register.


Job Openings at West Coast Environmental Law


Our friends at West Coast Environmental Law are hiring for two positions:

Environmental Lawyer
Deadline: August 19th
Click here for more information.

The successful candidate will have good general experience in environmental and natural resources law in British Columbia, with Aboriginal law experience an asset. He or she will be familiar with the role of legal strategies in community-based environmental campaigns, and adept at identifying and supporting local groups who have the potential to use legal support as part of broader strategies to achieve their objectives.

Executive Assistant
Part-time (25 hours/week)
Deadline: August 14th
Click here for more information.

Reporting to the Executive Director & Senior Counsel, the Executive Assistant will have the impeccable administrative, interpersonal and project management skills needed to support the senior manager of one of Canada’s most prominent non-profit environmental law organizations with the full range of her responsibilities, from board administration, human resources, financial management and strategic planning, to legal and campaign work. With a strong personal commitment to the environment, the Executive Assistant will be a problem-solver with a good sense of humour who enjoys a fast-paced workplace.



What do young farmers in East Africa need to adapt to climate change?


Participants of a young women’s focus group discussion in Lushoto Tanzania, June 2016. Photo: C. Hein (University of Arizona).

A new research project, focusing on young farmers responding to climate change in East Africa, has some interesting results.

This project comes from the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, and is led by researchers from the University of Arizona. The project is called Youth Decision Making in Agricultural Climate Change Adaptation. 

From the research team:

“At all three sites, the youth displayed detailed understanding of weather patterns and how those have changed over the past ten years, as well as how these changes impact their agriculture practices. The youth were able to cite specific adaptations they had made to improve their agriculture practices, and the resulting improvements to their standard of living, such as having an increase in income and being able to invest in improved housing and transportation.  

“Although these educational successes could be attributed to the involvement of researchers in these areas over several years, there is no doubt that these youth, both men and women, are well versed in and already practicing CSA [climate smart agriculture] techniques, such as contouring, terracing, shade cropping, crop diversification, and use of fertilizers and improved seed varieties, among others.

“The more access youth had to such educational opportunities, the more they reported decision making power in their households. Knowledge, rather than age, gender, or land ownership, was the primary factor in who had input in decision making in agricultural adaptations to climate change – at both the household and community level.

“This conclusion reveals that the barrier to youth moving forward or improving their livelihoods in agriculture was not a lack of knowledge or training, but rather, a lack of access to inputs, which (depending on the site), include; fertilizer, improved seeds, access to loans and capital, and improvements to infrastructure. This infrastructure calls for improved roads, irrigation, and markets – both physical and economic.”

Read more about this project here.



Job Opportunity: City of Vancouver Climate Policy Manager


The City of Vancouver is hiring for an exciting position:

Climate Policy Manager (Civil Engineer II)
Application deadline: July 15th 2016
Position start date: August 5th 2016
Temporary full time

The Climate Policy Manager is responsible for the successful delivery of Goals 2 and 9 of the Greenest City Action Plan; the Renewable City Strategy; for fulfilling the direction set by Council in matters that relate to carbon emissions and air quality; for meeting the City’s carbon management needs; and for supporting City departments in meeting their carbon reduction goals. These roles will ensure the City remains carbon neutral in its operations and will work to meet the emissions reductions targets set for the Community.

The position fosters new relationships and commitments with a wide range of stakeholders in the public, private and academic sectors, while maintaining existing collaborations with key stakeholders such as Metro Vancouver, the Province of BC, BC Hydro, Fortis, Pembina Institute, WWF, BCSEA, CEA, C40, CDP, USDN, PGR, EMC, FCM, UBC, SFU , and various other interested private entities. Through these relationships and the technical knowledge required of the position the Climate Policy Manager is a key policy advisor to Senior Management and Council on all issues related to carbon and air quality.

For more information and to apply, click here.


Study Shows Difference 2 Degrees Would Make


Image credits: Dave/Flickr Creative Commons/CC BY 2.0; Acropora at English Wikipedia; Martin Haas/Shutterstock.

There has been much talk globally about limiting global warming to 1.5°C instead of 2°C. This distinction might seem minor, so what difference would half a degree really make?

According to new research from the European Geosciences Union, quite a bit. As NASA says:

“[The study] found that the jump from 1.5 to 2 degrees—a third more of an increase—raises the impact by about that same fraction, very roughly, on most of the phenomena the study covered. Heat waves would last around a third longer, rain storms would be about a third more intense, the increase in sea level would be approximately that much higher and the percentage of tropical coral reefs at risk of severe degradation would be roughly that much greater.”

And when it comes to coral reefs, fresh water availability, and agriculture, that half a degree would mean a much more significant difference:

“At 1.5 C, the study found that tropical coral reefs stand a chance of adapting and reversing a portion of their die-off in the last half of the century. But at 2 C, the chance of recovery vanishes. Tropical corals are virtually wiped out by the year 2100.

“With a 1.5 C rise in temperature, the Mediterranean area is forecast to have about 9 percent less fresh water available. At 2 C, that water deficit nearly doubles. So does the decrease in wheat and maize harvest in the tropics.

“On a global scale, production of wheat and soy is forecast to increase with a 1.5 C temperature rise, partly because warming is favorable for farming in higher latitudes and partly because the added carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which is largely responsible for the temperature increase, is thought to have a fertilization effect. But at 2 C, that advantage plummets by 700 percent for soy and disappears entirely for wheat.”

And this analysis doesn’t even mention the further effects of such changes, such as increased migration of people and animals due to homelands and habitats disappearing.

Read more, including NASA’s analysis of the findings, here.



Hazard Change Caused by Climate Change: Report Online


On February 22, 2016, the Centre for Natural Hazard Research, in cooperation with Simon Fraser University’s ACT (Adaptation to Climate Change Team) and Natural Resources Canada, hosted a one-day workshop to initiate and stimulate a national discussion about weather-caused and weather-triggered hazards that are changing in a warming world.

A report of this workshop is now online, along with a workshop workbook and slide decks of the presentations.

The two main goals of the workshop were to:

  1. improve knowledge and confidence of practitioners and policy makers when making land-use decisions or changes in professional practices that require a consideration of climate change; and
  2. spark a national initiative to produce an understandable document that summarizes changes to hazards driven by changes in climate.

Workshop delegates represented a cross-section of stakeholders and experts in natural hazards, risk management, policy and climate change, and included researchers, engineers, geologists, planners, officials from local, provincial, and federal government, and emergency managers.

Plenary presentations provided a framework for the workshop and stimulated discussions. The morning presentations provided an overview of the present understanding and implications of climate change, a summary of the impacts of sea-level rise in Canada, and some of the challenges and needs of those dealing with weatherrelated hazard management. The presentations provided perspectives of a municipality (the City of Vancouver), a developer, and professionals (engineers and geoscientists). Plenary presentations in the afternoon provided insight into current provincial and federal initiatives and programs related to climate change adaptation.

Two question-guided breakout sessions, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, allowed the workshop participants to share their thoughts and experience on the challenges and needs they face in their discipline or profession in understanding the intensity and frequency of climate-based and climate-influenced hazard events in a changing climate. The morning breakout session focused on identifying challenges in understanding and further aimed to assess whether there is a discrepancy between hazards that pose the largest threats and hazards that pose the biggest challenges in understanding. In the afternoon, the breakout session concentrated on identifying needs, in the form of information, tools, and governance and/or partnerships.

ACT is also continuing work on developing understanding of and resources for the hazards climate change is exacerbating for a variety of professions.

Click here to read the report and other resources from the workshop.


Partners for Action Report Release: At the Front Lines of Flood- How Prepared are Ontario Communities?


“Communities are at the front line of flood and climate adaptation, and are the first to react and drive the policy changes we need. However, some feel they are left to their own devices to make informed decisions about the risk of flood for their residents.”

We interviewed 18 Ontario municipalities, 2 First Nation communities, and 15 Conservation Authorities, asking them “How prepared is your community for flood”?

Click here to download the report.

Key findings from this study include:

  1. Flooding is a major source of socio-economic vulnerability in small and medium-sized Ontario communities, placing unnecessary strain on municipal resources, specifically urban flooding associated with damage from sewer backup.
  2. Communities are the first jurisdictions to react and drive the policy change needed to improve flood and climate change resiliency, but with scarce resources. Some feel they are ‘left to their own devices to make informed decisions’ about the magnitude of flood risk and implications for their residents.
  3. Communities are acting to manage vulnerability to flood, but these efforts are fragmented, creating uncertainty about their effectiveness. Communities also lack institutional and financial capacity to enforce, update and further invest in these actions to improve resiliency.
  4. Federal and provincial policy and funding to reduce vulnerability and improve capacity of our communities to prepare and recover from flood are underutilized and underdeveloped
  5. There is a strong divide in capacity to understand and address flood risk between urban and rural communities (including First Nation communities).
  6. Municipalities need funding, capacity, technical and scientific support, regulation, and community and political buy-in to address the present and future risk of flood.

What our Communities Need to Prepare for Flood

This study recommends that to improve resiliency in our communities, the following actions are required:

  • Public Safety Canada should establish and enforce national standards for flood risk management and mapping, and should also significantly expand and facilitate accessibility of funding through the National Disaster Mitigation Program.
  • The Ontario government should increase funding to Conservation Authorities for planning, flood management, and maintenance and operation of flood structures.
  • Provincial and federal governments should address the current leadership gap and prioritize community resiliency to flood by supporting communities in understanding and communicating risk and opportunities to reduce this risk.
  • All levels of government should further efforts to increase personal flood risk awareness, to encourage behavioural changes and increase the uptake of residential incentive programs.
  • All levels of government should work with the insurance industry to improve our understanding of flood risk in this country, and opportunities to reduce this risk.
  • Federal and provincial governments need to prioritize community resiliency and provide technical, planning, and financial support to community leaders. Additionally, Ontario should increase funding to Conservation Authorities to reliably fund management and flood protection activities for the long-term.
  • Federal and provincial governments need to prioritize community resiliency and provide technical, planning, and financial support to community leaders. Additionally, Ontario should increase funding to Conservation Authorities to reliably fund management and flood protection activities for the long-term.

Click here to download the report.

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