Floods happen. How can our communities weather the storm?

In the face of a changing climate and extreme weather, the goal of Partners for Action (P4A) is to advance flood resiliency in Canada. Experts agree that extreme weather is a serious problem; we must act now to make our communities resilient by reducing risk, and putting plans in place to recover quickly should extreme weather impact Canadian communities.

Floods happen graphic 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?

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. Sep. 25, 2018Article: Helping neighbourhoods weather the stormENVision article

    P4A was recently featured in the Faculty of Environment's newsletter ENVision. Learn more about how the network was created by a University of Waterloo alumna and how P4A is working to mitigate the impacts of flooding.  

  2. Apr. 16, 2018Save the date: CatIQ ConnectCATIQ poster

    Bringing Together Industry, Academia and Government to Discuss Canadian Natural and Mad-Made Catastrophes.

    CatIQ Connect will be hosting the Canada's Catastrophe Conference February 4-6, 2019 in Toronto, Ontario. Make sure to save the date for this incredible conference.

  3. Mar. 20, 2018P4A teams up with the Canadian Red Cross to protect Canadians from floodsRed Cross signing

    The Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, Partners for Action (P4A) and the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) are proud to announce a new partnership to advance flood resiliency in Canada.

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  1. Dec. 18, 2018Spotlight Story: Windsor, OntarioCity of Windsor logo

    Over the years, the City of Windsor has experienced serious floods due to heavy rainfall and as a result has implemented a variety of projects to mitigate flood risk. With a number of programs that offer residents important information and enable them to tackle flood risk, Windsor is developing into a city that is well-equipped for flooding.

  2. Dec. 10, 2018Property-level flood defences and how they workSmall-scale dam on driveway

    There are numerous defences available to prepare your home for floods. Solutions employed both inside or outside your house can be extremely useful in a flooding event and can greatly reduce the stress involved in managing flood risks and damages. These flood defences are often listed on municipal websites or in articles that cover flooding. As a homeowner, it may be useful or interesting to learn about their functions a bit more and how they work.

  3. Nov. 30, 2018Spotlight Story: Dufferin CountyDufferin County logo

    Located in Central Ontario, Dufferin County has experienced heavy pluvial flooding in recent years that led to local evacuations and washed out roads. To counter these flood risks, Dufferin County has established partnerships and reached out to the public to increase the community’s resilience to flooding.

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Annual report

Our 2018 Annual report (PDF)  highlights who we are, where we've been, and where we're headed. Please read and share!

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FloodSmartCanada

Helping Canadians Prepare for Floods!

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