Preparing for the Next Big Flood: Minimizing Homeowner Flood Risk in the Toronto Region
Centre for Social Innovation
April 3, 2017
The need to invest in more resilient infrastructure is being increasingly recognized by the federal and municipal governments, however homeowners of our region have been slow to take personal action, despite a growing risk to their homes. A recent poll completed by Public Safety Canada highlighted that 74% of Canadians have not done anything to protect their home from flooding. Coupled with this is the fact that the July 2013 Toronto region flood caused $850 million in property damage—one of the most costly natural disasters in Ontario history.
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. Grounded in the homeowner experience, the forum highlighted lessons learned from a variety of perspectives and opportunities to drive action by homeowners. Presentations by the following individuals helped inform the discussion:
A report summarizing key findings will be produced by CivicAction and the Insurance Bureau of Canada over the coming weeks.
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: