Floods happen. How can our communities weather the storm?

Experts agree that extreme weather is a serious problem; we must act now to make our communities resilient by reducing our risk, and putting plans in place to recover quickly should extreme weather impact our communities.

Shawna Peddle, Director of Partners for Action, says:

Coordinated leadership, sound adaptation research, and applied solutions are needed now to manage the risks associated with a changing climate.

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.

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

We can work together to build more flood-resilient communities. We invite you to join us.

What is a resilient community?

Adaptation to climate change can involve structural (such as dams and berms) and non-structural (such as policies, plans, and procedures) components.

A resilient community uses a combination of these to learn from past disasters, minimize the impacts of flooding, and recover quickly.

  1. Feb. 16, 2018Flood Policy Research Groupflooded stop sign

    Partners for Action has joined the Flood Research Policy Group (FRPG) based at the University of Waterloo. The FRPG is an interdisciplinary group of researchers working to support Canadian flood policy with evidence-based advice, and advance flood-related research in Canada.

  2. Feb. 14, 2018Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum lighthouse

    Transforming risk knowledge into action

    Storm surges, eroding coastlines and sea level rise pose threats to economic and social well-being in Canada’s coastal communities. Despite government efforts to adapt to a changing climate, there are currently issues that coastal communities are facing when reducing existing risks (e.g., residential property buy-outs in flood-prone; property risk disclosure). 

  3. Jan. 25, 2018Raising risk awareness through flood mappingFlood map

    We are excited to announce two reports that P4A has produced for Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) that look at the role of flood maps in community engagement and raising risk awareness at the community level. Recommendations from these reports will be incorporated in NRCan’s Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Series in 2018.

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  1. Feb. 22, 2018Floods are happening in your community. Know your risks and get preparedsidewalk flooded

    Over the past week many communities in Southern Ontario have seen heavy rainfalls, high water levels in surrounding lakes and rivers, and melting snow and ice jams, leading to flooded roads and homes.

  2. Feb. 5, 2018It's time to communicate - lessons from CATIQ's Canadian Catastrophe ConferenceCATIQ conference poster

    From January 31st to February 2nd, Partners for Action (P4A) participated in CatIQ’s Canadian Catastrophe Conference (C4) in Gatineau-Ottawa. The conference brought together a diverse group of stakeholders from a range of sectors, including representatives from academia, the insurance industry, government agencies, emergency response groups, and media organizations, among others.

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Annual report

Our 2017 Annual report (PDF) highlights who we are, where we've been, and where we're headed. Please read and share!

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