Advancing Flood Resiliency in Canadian Communities

Who we are

Partners for Action is an applied research network dedicated to reducing the risk of flood damage and advancing flood resiliency in Canadian communities.

Why our work is important

Across Canada, damage from extreme weather has cost taxpayers and insurers almost $10 billion since 1998. Water-related damage is now the leading cause of home-insurance claims in many communities, large and small. Municipal governments, the insurance industry, researchers, and the public are coming together to better understand what we can do to lower that number in the future, and focus on preventing flood damage, rather than cleanup.

What is a resilient community?

Flood resiliency involves the promotion of flood awareness and preparedness, as well as strategies to adapt to and to prevent flooding events. 

A resilient community uses a combination of structural (such as dams and berms) and non-structural (such as policies, plans, and procedures) adaptation strategies and learns from past disasters in order to minimize the impacts of flooding and recover quickly.

  1. Jan. 25, 2021P4A's 2020 Annual Report is now available
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  2. Sep. 21, 2020P4A Releases Canadian Voices on Flood Risk 2020
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    Read our new report to find out about Canadians' perceptions and attitudes on flood risk awareness and management. 

    Read the results of P4A’s 2020 national survey on Canadians’ opinions on flood risk. Support for property buyouts is mixed and Canadians remain dangerously unaware of their own flood risk.

  3. Aug. 7, 2020Awareness to Action: Effectively Communicating Flood Risk to Canadians
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    Read P4A's final report project, Awareness to Action: Effectively Communicating Flood Risk to Canadians.

    The report outlines a series of research activities conducted by P4A to promote flood risk awareness and actions to reduce vulnerability and build safer and more resilient communities across Canada.

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Featured Report:

The Canadian Voices on Flood Risk 2020 Report shows findings from a national survey about how Canadian's view the increasingly costly and common natural disaster, flooding. The report was developed in collaboration with Anna Ziolecki, Jason Thistlewaite, Daniel Henstra, and Daniel Scott. It addresses the large flooding problem within Canada and delves into why public awareness on flood risk continues to be so low despite growing urgency.

Canadian Voices on Flood Risk 2020 Report