Flooding in Toronto. Photo by Justin Friesen.
In 2013, Toronto witnessed dramatic flooding brought on by a powerful summer storm. It overwhelmed local sewer infrastructure and flooded homes and basements, leaving $1 billion in insured property damage and allocated loss adjustment expenses. Combined with flooding in Alberta that same year, affected homeowners faced a $40,000 repair bill on average.
Since then, homeowners have taken little action. According to a survey completed for Public Safety Canada, 74% of Canadians have not protected their homes from flooding and 54% were not concerned about flooding in their area.
In response to these findings, CivicAction and the Insurance Bureau of Canada convened organizations from across sectors to discuss strategies in a regional forum to engage and activate Toronto region homeowners to minimize their vulnerability to flood risk.
The report Blueprints for Action outlines key collaborations and ideas coming out of the forum that can motivate GTHA residents to better prepare themselves for home basement flooding.
Blueprints for Action identifies barriers that prohibit homeowners from protecting their property and outlines how various stakeholders can work with homeowners to improve levels of knowledge and trust, including;
Read the full report here.
On April 3rd, CivicAction convened organizations from across sectors to discuss strategies to engage and activate Toronto region homeowners to minimize their vulnerability to flood risk. Presentations by the following individuals helped inform the discussion: His Worship Rick Goldring, Mayor of Burlington; Monika Federau, Senior Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Intact Financial Corporation; Chris Tyrrell, Executive Vice-President and Chief Customer Care and Conservation Officer, Toronto Hydro; Deborah Martin-Downs, Chief Administration Officer, Credit Valley Conservation; and Blair Feltmate , Head, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation.
In 2016, the federal government committed $60 billion in new infrastructure funding over the next 10 years – a critically important investment in the future of Canada.
In response to this new chapter in our nation’s infrastructure story, CivicAction – in partnership with Deloitte – conducted a series of roundtables and interviews with civic and community leaders from across the GTHA, representing the not-for-profit, private, labour, academic, and municipal and provincial government sectors.
The report Ensuring we Get it Right is the outcome of this process, and provides a set of recommendations to help guide sound infrastructure investment decisions:
In the interest of unlocking the untapped potential of future investments, consultation participants also reinforced some foundational concepts to guide investment decisions:
Read the full report here: http://bit.ly/2cmRXrd
CivicAction’s work is made possible through the support of our core funding sponsors. Special thanks to our infrastructure funding partners:
And our pro bono partners: