Advancing Flood Resiliency in Canadian Communities

Who are we?

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

Why is our work 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. Feb. 20, 2019P4A receives renewed funding from The Co-operators: Canadian collaboration for flood risk awareness gains ground
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    New funding promises enhanced collaboration between government, industry, researchers and Canadians to improve flood resilience across the country.

  2. Feb. 5, 2019Flooding in Canadian Rural Communities
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    Rural flooding occurs across Canada causing serious impacts on communities and creating the need for expenses to repair damages and to create defenses for future events. Projects and efforts following serious floods in recent years have greatly increased rural communities’ resiliency to flooding. Compared to city centres, rural areas tend to be remote and do not have the same financial or social capital available. As such, methods used in cities to mitigate floods cannot be applied to rural areas as these communities are unique and have their own needs and governance structures.

  3. Feb. 1, 2019Jason Thistlethwaite joins P4A as Associate Director, sharing expertise on flood risk governance
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    Partners for Action (P4A) is pleased to welcome Jason Thistlethwaite as Associate Director.
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Read our Workshop Report on Communicating Flood Risk to Canadians  to find out what experts have to say about their experiences with risk communication, public policy, social-based community marketing and emergency planning.

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