PIERREFONDS–ROXBORO, QC, May 3, 2022 /CNW/ – Floods remain the most frequent and costly disaster in Canadacausing on average more than $1 billion in direct damage to homes, property and infrastructure each year. The government of Canada has put in place a number of measures to improve the resilience of Canadians to the increasing frequency and costs of flooding.
Today, Yasser NaqviParliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Centre, and Samir ZuberiMember of Parliament for Pierrefonds—Dollard, met with community members, merchants, volunteers and elected municipal officials to discuss the impacts of flooding on Pierrefonds in 2019.
As part of the day’s activities, PS Naqvi and MP Zuberi visited 3 Sisters BOL, a family restaurant that continuously contributes to the community through food donations in the aftermath of floods and other emergency situations. emergency. They also visited the On Rock Community Service Center, where they met the Founder and President and discussed how the organization is a vital part of the community through helping and supporting those who need.
PS Naqvi and MP Zuberi also met with Stéphane Côté, Mayor of L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève, and Dimitrios Jim BiesMayor of Pierrefonds–Roxboro.
Discussions focused on the impacts of flooding in these communities in 2017 and 2019, ongoing local mitigation works in preparation for this year’s flood season, as well as Emergency Preparedness Week. Emergency Preparedness Week is happening May 1-7, 2022and this year’s theme is “Emergency Preparedness: Be Prepared for Anything!”.
“The communities of Pierrefonds and L’Île-Bizard–Sainte-Geneviève showed incredible resilience following major flooding in 2017 and 2019. Today, as part of Emergency Preparedness Week, we were able to see saw the strong partnership between volunteers, businesses, community organizations and local governments as they build back stronger. »
– Yasser NaqviParliamentary Secretary to the President of the Queen’s Privy Council and Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Member of Parliament for Ottawa Center
“People living and working across Pierrefonds–Dollard mobilized to be there for each other in the face of the floods of recent years. I was happy to be accompanied by my colleague, Parliamentary Secretary Naqvi, to show him the work the communities are doing here in the West Island to ensure their mutual safety. We were also pleased to provide an update on the flood preparedness efforts our government is working on across the country to support our communities, now and in the future. »
– Samir Zuberideputy of Pierrefonds–Dollard
- Emergency Preparedness Week is in its 27thand year and occurs annually the first week of May.
- This week-long public education effort is led by Public Safety in collaboration with partners from various levels of federal, provincial and territorial governments, as well as Indigenous, non-governmental and private organizations.
- As stated in the first mandate letter of the Minister of Emergency Preparedness, the Government of Canada provides leadership and coordinates efforts to strengthen emergency management in Canada and ensure a strategic, integrated and proactive approach to all risks. This work includes ongoing collaboration with provinces, territories, municipalities and Indigenous partners.
- Since 2019, the government of Canada advanced on a number of initiatives, in collaboration with all levels of government and stakeholders, to improve flood resiliency and mitigation. This includes:
- continue to work with federal partners to implement the Emergency Management Strategy for Canadawhich was developed in partnership with provinces and territories, Indigenous peoples, municipalities and the emergency management community to help Canada better prevent/mitigate, predict, prepare for, respond to and recover from weather-related emergencies and disasters;
- a review of the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements program to ensure there is an up-to-date and sustainable system available to provinces and territories for disaster recovery and for the safety and well-being of Canadians;
- integrate climate resilience into the National Building Code and conduct research to consider climate resilience in building design;
- fund projects through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, administered by Infrastructure Canada, to help communities better withstand the potential impacts of natural disasters such as flooding
- advance work on a National Risk Profile (NRP), which is a strategic national risk and capacity assessment that uses scientific evidence and stakeholder input to inform priority setting, decision-making and investment federal. The NRP includes a hazard-specific stream focused on flooding, which coordinates the development of a whole-of-government flood risk policy and directs outreach, engagement and education activities on flood risks.
- the creation of a Flood Insurance and Relocation Task Force to examine low-cost residential flood insurance options for residents of high-risk areas. The task force will also look at options to help homeowners relocate those most at risk of repeat flooding. In addition to Public Safety Canada (PS) and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), the Task Force includes representatives from federal, provincial and territorial (FPT) governments and the insurance industry. . He started his work in January 2021 and its report should be available in the summer of 2022.
- invest $63.8M over three years for the Flood Hazard Identification and Mapping Program to complete flood hazard mapping of high-risk areas and make this information accessible, in partnership with provinces and territories, and advance Consistent best practices and flood mapping approaches across Canadian jurisdictions. Natural Resources Canada is leading the collaboration with provinces and territories to complete flood maps for high-risk areas in partnership with Environment and Climate Change Canada and Public Safety Canada
SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
For further information: Annie Cullinan, Press Secretary, Office of the President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness, [email protected]; Media Relations, Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, [email protected]