Today, the governments of Canada and British Columbia announced approximately $10.7 million in federal and provincial funding to support work on 30 projects under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP).
The announcement was made by Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General for British Columbia, and Harjit Singh Sajjan, federal Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Vancouver South, on behalf of the federal Minister of Public Safety. Additionally, some municipalities and non-government organizations partnered with British Columbia to provide an additional $1.4 million in support of projects.
Through the NDMP, the Government of Canada is helping to address rising flood risks and costs, and build the foundation for informed investments that could reduce, or even negate, the effects of flood events. Funding is available for risk assessments, flood mapping, mitigation planning and small-scale mitigation projects such as storm culverts.
Of the 30 projects announced today:
- Sixteen will provide funding for the completion of risk assessments to inform flood risks, for a total of $4.95 million;
- Four will help communities identify specific impacts of a flood event on structures and people through the development of flood maps, for a total of $3.07 million;
- Three will help communities plan to mitigate against future flooding events, for a total of $952,000; and
- Seven will fund small-scale structural mitigation projects, for a total of $3.15 million.
Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General –
“With the 2017 floods still fresh in our minds, we are pleased to greenlight funding for projects that will help communities identify and mitigate flood risks. The B.C. government is committed to working collaboratively with the federal and local governments to improve public safety and emergency preparedness for all British Columbians.”
Ralph Goodale, federal Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness –
“Weather-related natural disasters are getting more severe, more frequent, more damaging and more expensive. This is a threat not only to the safety of our communities, but to our economic stability. The Government of Canada is determined to reduce these risks in partnership with provinces and territories. The projects announced today will help British Columbia better prepare for and respond to flood risks, increasing their overall disaster resiliency.”
Harjit Singh Sajjan, Minister of National Defence and Member of Parliament for Vancouver South –
“This funding will help protect communities across British Columbia from flooding, and mitigate potential impacts that could result from emergencies. Collaboration across all levels of government is imperative to ensure that Canada is properly prepared in the case of an emergency. The National Disaster Mitigation Program reflects this fundamental need to work together.”
- The NDMP reflects an investment of $200 million over five years, of which $183 million is for cost-shared, merit-based projects with provinces and territories to reduce the impacts of natural disasters.
- Since inception in 2015, the NDMP has funded 166 projects across Canada that are helping to build safer, more resilient communities.
- The Government of Canada cost-shares up to 50% of eligible expenses for provincial projects and 75% of eligible expenses for territorial projects. The federal government contributed $5.7 million and the British Columbia government contributed over $5 million in funding for these projects. Provincial and territorial authorities may collaborate with, and redistribute funding to eligible entities such as municipal or other local governments.
- In addition to investing in provincial and territorial flood mitigation projects through the NDMP, the Government of Canada:
- Is investing in public awareness activities and risk and resiliency tools like the Federal Flood Mapping Guidelines, to help all levels of government to make informed decisions around flood mitigation;
- Has created a new $2-billion federal Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to support the infrastructure required to deal with the effects of a changing climate; and
- Is integrating climate resilience into the National Building Code and conducting research to factor climate resilience into the design of buildings.
- According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, insured damage in 2016 topped $4.9 billion – passing the previous annual record of $3.2 billion set in 2013 – and that the annual economic cost of disasters around the world has increased five-fold since the 1980s. Flooding damage has accounted for 80% of federal disaster assistance payments over the past 20 years.
- Studies have demonstrated that when structural and non-structural investments are implemented in concert, the result is that for every dollar invested there is a $4 reduction in costs of a disaster.
National Disaster Mitigation Program (publicsafety.gc.ca)
Federal Flood Mapping Guidelines (publicsafety.gc.ca)
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Projects at a glance
Projects are categorized by stream.
Stream 1: Risk assessment(s)
City of Pitt Meadows – Flood Hazard Risk Assessment
Total Project Value: $91,375
Federal: $42,500; Provincial: $42,500; City of Pitt Meadows: $6,375
This project will complete a comprehensive risk assessment of the flood-related hazards in the City of Pitt Meadows floodplain.
Comox Valley Regional District – Oyster River/Saratoga Beach Flood Risk Assessment
Total Project Value: $81,700
Federal: $38,000; Provincial: $38,000; Comox Valley Regional District and Strathcona Regional District: $5,700
This project will conduct a flood risk assessment for the portion of the Oyster River floodplain that encompasses both the Comox Valley Regional District and the Strathcona Regional District.
Cowichan Valley Regional District – Lake Cowichan/Youbou Torrent Flow Assessment
Total Project Value: $209,000
Federal: $97,250; Provincial: $97,250; Cowichan Valley Regional District: $3,000; Cowichan Tribes, Lake Cowichan First Nations, Town of Lake Cowichan: $4,500; Timberwest Forestry, Hancock Forestry: $7,000
This project will identify the potential risk and hazards due to a failure of steep slopes and torrent flows above a number of communities along the northern shore of Lake Cowichan.
City of Prince Rupert – Tsunami Flood Risk Assessment
Total Project Value: $480,000
Federal: $225,000; Provincial: $225,000; City of Prince Rupert: $30,000
This project will analyze geographical data specific to the region to determine the potential levels of inundation and tidal velocities during a high-water event in the Prince Rupert harbour.
District of Squamish – Quantitative Risk Assessment for Squamish River Floodplain
Total Project Value: $190,000
Federal: $89,000; Provincial: $89,000; District of Squamish: $4,000; Kerr Wood Leidal Associates Ltd.: $8,000
This project will provide a quantitative risk assessment that will focus on risk to life and economic damages within the Squamish River floodplain.
Resort Municipality of Whistler – Integrated Flood Hazard Management Risk Assessment
Total Project Value: $144,000
Federal: $67,000; Provincial: $67,000; Resort Municipality of Whistler: $10,000
This project will identify, classify, and prioritize flood hazards faced by the Whistler community and use the input for future flood-mapping work, including a comprehensive integrated flood-hazard plan.
Regional District of Central Kootenay – Flood and Geohazard Risk Review
Total Project Value: $537,500
Federal: $250,000; Provincial: $250,000; Regional District of Central Kootenay: $37,500
This project identifies and provides risk-based prioritization of flood-related hazards within the Regional District of Central Kootenay, 11 rural electoral districts, nine municipalities, and the reserves of the Lower Kootenay Band.
Cowichan Valley Regional District: Regional Dam Safety Analysis and Risk Assessment
Total Project Value: $275,200
Federal: $128,000; Provincial: $128,000; Cowichan Valley Regional District: $19,200
This project will undertake a high-level risk assessment of four dams to bring them into alignment with recent local and provincial standards and oversight.
Cowichan Valley Regional District: Risk Assessment of Floodplain Areas
Total Project Value: $107,500
Federal: $50,000; Provincial $50,000; Cowichan Valley Regional District: $7,500
This project will undertake a structured risk assessment of existing assets related to the three remaining historically mapped floodplains of the Cowichan Valley Regional District to help determine future investments and actions to mitigate flooding.
Corporation of Delta – Flood Protection System Risk Assessment
Total Project Value: $161,250
Federal: $75,000; Provincial: $75,000; Corporation of Delta: $11,250
This project will produce a flood risk assessment to identify potential flood hazards, assess their likelihood of occurrence and potential impacts, and determine a risk threshold for managing these hazards in the region of Delta.
Cowichan Valley Regional District – Coastal Sea Level Rise Risk Assessment
Total Project Value: $96,750
Federal: $45,000; Provincial: $45,000; Cowichan Valley Regional District: $6,750
This project will use the existing mapping to undertake a structured risk assessment and analysis of the impacted area to help identify future mitigation and adaptation planning.
Regional District of Nanaimo – RDN and Town of Qualicum Beach Risk Assessment
Total Project Value: $160,500
Federal: $70,000; Provincial: $80,000; Regional District of Nanaimo: $10,500
This project will conduct a risk assessment that will enhance the cooperative approach to emergency management in the region, be the foundation of the next phase of preparedness and mitigation activities, and increase the resiliency of the region.
Powell River Regional District – Coastal Risk Assessment
Total Project Value: $67,725
Federal: $31,500; Provincial: $31,500; Powell River Regional District: $4,725
The project will produce an overview of coastal hazards within the Powell River Regional District, including the City of Powell River, Tla’amin Nation lands, and all rural areas where the hazards could potentially impact public safety.
Frasier Basin Council – Thompson Watershed Multijurisdictional Assessment
Total Project Value: $645,000
Federal: $300,000; Provincial: $300,000; Fraser Basin Council: $45,000
This project will complete a risk assessment, with a focus on flood and land/debris flows, covering the Thompson River watershed, inclusive of all sub-watersheds (Nicola, Bonaparte, Shuswap), to the confluence with the Fraser River at Lytton.
Town of Golden – Kicking Horse River Ice Jam Flooding Risk Assessment
Total Project Value: $89,000
Federal: $42,000; Provincial: $42,000; Town of Golden: $5,000
This project will conduct a study to assess and evaluate the risks of Kicking Horse River flooding due to ice build-up and the associated potential damages to the Town of Golden, as well as provincial and federal infrastructures.
City of Richmond – Steveston Island Flood Risk Investigation
Total Project Value: $1,620,000
Federal: $810,000; Provincial: $405,000; City of Richmond: $405,000
This project will identify geotechnical, environmental and archaeological constraints as part of a feasibility level assessment of Steveston Island for the purpose of diking.
Stream 2: Flood mapping
Fraser Basin Council – Hydraulic Modelling and Mapping in B.C.’s Lower Mainland
Total Project Value: $1,010,000
Federal: $500,000; Fraser Basin Council: $510,000
This project will develop multi-purpose flood modeling tools, maps and other forms of technical analysis to better understand flood hazards, flood risk, and flood management options.
City of Chilliwack – Flood Plain Mapping
Total Project Value: $341,850
Federal: $159,000; Provincial $159,000; City of Chilliwack: $23,850
This project will update existing flood maps to identify the inundation area and flood depth resulting from the Fraser River and Vedder River dike breach scenarios during 1:200-year and 1:500-year flood events.
Regional District of East Kootenay – Elk River Flood Mapping and Hydrology Study
Total Project Value: $250,000
Federal: $125,000; Provincial $125,000
The project will produce floodplain maps that address several high risk areas including the community of Hosmer, Vanlerberg Road, and Hill Road.
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations, and Rural Development – Lower Mainland Flood Mapping – LiDAR Acquisition, Standards and Framework
Total Project Value: $1,475,000
Federal: $700,000; Provincial: $775,000
This project will develop a framework for floodplain management, standards and mapping in the Lower Mainland (from Hope to the Salish Sea and surrounding inlets).
Stream 3: Mitigation planning
Cowichan Valley Regional District – Koksilah Shu-hwuykwselu Stormwater Drainage Mitigation Plan
Total Project Value: $215,000
Federal: $100,000; Provincial: $100,000; Cowichan Valley Regional District: $15,000
This project will establish a drainage model for the area to gain a deeper understanding of rainfall on surface water flows.
Village of Lumby – Flood Mitigation Plan
Total Project Value: $237,000
Federal: $112,800; Provincial: $112,800; Village of Lumby: $11,400
This project will develop a plan outlining potential flood mitigation options. The plan will include a public engagement process to determine optimal mitigation approaches.
City of Richmond – Flood Mitigation Strategy Update
Total Project Value: $500,000
Federal: $250,000; Provincial: $250,000
The project will update the city’s Flood Protection Strategy to include mitigation planning for Phase 3 of the Dike Master Plan, an update to the Flood Management Strategy and a Pump Station Condition Assessment update.
Stream 4: Investment in non-structural or small-scale structural mitigation
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development – Climate Change Scenario Modeling for Fraser River
Total Project Value: $258,000
Federal: $125,000; Provincial: $128,000; Fraser Basin Council: $5,000
This project is part of a comprehensive program to update the Fraser River design profile and develop a dike upgrade prioritization strategy for the province.
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development – Dike Consequence Classification
Total Project Value: $320,000
Federal: $150,000; Provincial: $150,000; Fraser Basin Council, BC Hydro, Fortis BC, Port Authority, Airport Authority, BC Ferries: $20,000
This project will develop an in-depth and defendable dike consequence classification system that would provide expanded information on the economic, social, and environmental losses associated with dike failure.
District of Stewart – Bear River Small Scale Structural Mitigation
Total Project Value: $525,000
Federal: $166,666; Provincial: $166,666; District of Stewart: $191,668
This District of Stewart will complete construction of permanent flood mitigation structures at the Bear River Bridge, including a debris trap and dike wall additions.
City of Abbotsford – Geotechnical (Seismic) Assessment of Abbotsford Dikes
Total Project Value: $201,000
Federal: $100,000; Provincial: $100,000; City of Abbotsford: $1,000
This project will conduct geotechnical testing to confirm soil conditions at key locations along the three dikes (Matsqui Dike, Sumas Dike and Vedder Dike). The findings will help determine the flooding risk associated with the current locations and potential alternate locations.
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations, and Rural Development – Kootenay Lake Region LiDAR and Ortho-imagery Acquisition
Total Project Value: $1,698,500
Federal: $790,000; Provincial: $908,500
This project will focus on using LiDAR and its corresponding ortho-imagery to support landslide hazard identification, flood extent and floodplain mapping.
Emergency Management BC – Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Analysis Tool Update
Total Project Value: $100,000
Federal: $50,000; Provincial: $50,000
This project will update existing risk and hazard assessment tools to allow British Columbia and local authorities to better identify, understand and prioritize hazard risks throughout the province.
Emergency Management BC – Public Education – Flood Hazard Checklist for Property Purchasers
Total Project Value: $52,500
Federal: $25,000; Provincial: $25,000; B.C. Real Estate Association: $2,500
This project will develop public education materials to increase prospective homebuyers’ knowledge and awareness on identifying flood risks when purchasing properties.