The Policy & Practice of Climate Change & Water

Preventing Disaster Before It Strikes: Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Residential Communities

The University of Waterloo's Intact Centre has released a new report on flood resilience in Canada. Preventing Disaster before It Strikes: Developing a Canadian Standard for Flood-Resilient Residential Communities outlines 20 broadly applicable best practices to design and build new residential communities in Canada that are more flood-resilient. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) supported the development of the report, which included a national consultation, led by the Intact Centre, with over 100 municipal stormwater management experts, engineering consultants, developers, insurers, homebuilders, environmental organizations and other stakeholders in Canada.
The SCC committed additional funding to develop a new National Standard of Canada, based on the report. This is a critical development for Canada, where flooding is the costliest and most common natural disaster.
  • A French version of the report will be made available in October 2017. You will be able to find it here. A one-page summary is also available online here.
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