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. Nov. 15, 2018International Spotlight Story: Gloucestershire, United Kingdomflooded street

    The County of Gloucestershire is located along the River Severn in the South West of England. The county faced immense flooding in 2007 caused by serious rainfall. The ensuing damages reportedly cost £50 million. Since then, Gloucestershire has responded diligently and has developed multiple platforms to inform community members of their flood risk and available solutions.

  2. Nov. 2, 2018Spotlight Story: Oakville, OntarioOakville Harbour

    Situated along the shores of Lake Ontario, the Town of Oakville is taking strides to adapt to challenging floods while increasing community involvement. With several creek systems scattered across Oakville, many residential areas could be at risk of overland flooding.

  3. Oct. 26, 2018Flood Insurance and Disaster Financial Assistance in CanadaFlooded house

    Flood insurance, a relatively new option of flood recovery, is a proactive approach to preparing for floods. As more insurance companies introduce flood coverage options, homeowners have more solutions available and more reassurance when it comes to protecting homes. Alternatively, in the event of a large-scale natural disaster provincial and territorial governments across Canada provide financial relief through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). It’s up to you, the homeowner, to research and learn what options are available after a flooding event.

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