Foundational Research (2013-2015)


In 2015, we interviewed 15 large cities across Canada, to assess their readiness for a flood event ("Partners for Action: Preparedness of Fifteen Canadian Cities to Limit Flood Damage (PDF)"). Canadian cities were strong in:

  • residential backwater valve installation in new homes
  • flood plain mapping
  • land use planning
  • urban drainage


In 2014 interviews, stakeholders identified three winning conditions that would help reduce the risk of flood ("Partners for Action: Priorities for Advancing Flood Resiliency in Canada (PDF)"):

  1. Canadians must understand the risk that flooding presents to their homes, businesses, and communities;
  2. Canadian decision-makers must use their understanding of flood risk to make sound adaptation decisions; and,
  3. Canadians must have options to transfer flood risks that remain after they have put adaptation strategies in place.


Our 2013 work asked insurers and other stakeholders about their priorities regarding flood resiliency in Canada. "Assessing the Viability of Overland Flood Insurance: the Canadian Residential Property Market (PDF)" identified two key recommendations:

  1. Begin a discussion on the actions necessary to improve flood and disaster risk management; and,
  2. Conduct research on flood risk exposure across Canada.

Recommendations and next steps:

  • creating a forum to discuss flood preparedness;
  • identifying municipal vulnerabilities and priorities for action; and,
  • informing residents about available incentives and subsidies to transfer risk to personal property from flood events.