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. Brantford, Ontario, just one of the cities impacted by this week’s flooding, issued a state of emergency and evacuated 5000 residents.
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.
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).
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.