For Immediate Release
Saint John, New Brunswick – Flooding is Canada’s costliest and most frequent natural disaster. Today, Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint John—Rothesay and Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the federal Minister for Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced $263,000 in federal funding to the City of Saint John and the Province of New Brunswick under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) to better plan for and prevent the effects of flooding through two projects. This funding is part of the $669,000 approved for flooding mitigation projects across New Brunswick this spring.
This funding will support the creation of a flood mitigation plan for the section of the Saint John River that borders the City of Saint John as well as new flood proofing upgrades for the Musquash Water Pumping Station.
The Government of Canada cost-shares up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses for projects submitted by provinces and 75 per cent of eligible expenses for projects submitted by territories under the NDMP.
The Federal Government is contributing $263,000, the provincial Government is contributing $43,500 and the City of Saint John is contributing $236,500 in funding for these two projects.
Through the recently released Emergency Management Strategy for Canada, the Government of Canada is committed to working with provincial and territorial partners to better identify, plan for and reduce the impact of weather-related emergencies and natural disasters on Canadians.
“As residents of a coastal community, we live on the front lines of the battle against climate change in Saint John–Rothesay. We have seen firsthand the devastating impact that unprecedented flooding can have on our community in recent years, and that’s why we know that we must do everything we can to prepare for the increasingly frequent and severe extreme weather events that accompany our changing climate. This is why I’m incredibly proud to have helped deliver this direct federal funding to help protect Saint John’s critical infrastructure from extreme weather events; this significant federal investment in our community is key to ensuring our community’s safety and continued economic resurgence for years to come.”
– Wayne Long, Member of Parliament for Saint john-Rothesay, on behalf of the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“We live in a period of fast environmental change and we all must work together swiftly to adapt. Our government understands that solving flooding issues is complex. There is no simple solution. With the cooperation of federal, provincial and municipal governments, we can partner to address the new normal we are witnessing with such extreme weather events. Both long and short-term actions are required but we are prepared to do the work, to provide the resources, to help reduce or even negate the devastating effects of flooding in our province.”
– Karen Ludwig, Member of Parliament for New Brunswick Southwest, on behalf of the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
“We have experienced firsthand the increased frequency and severity of weather events that are impacting communities across Canada. Climate-related disaster mitigation is now one of the greatest environmental challenges we all face. As a City, we are taking action to identify our vulnerabilities and work with our government partners to access funding that will enable us to keep our community safe, protect critical infrastructure, protect the environment, and provide economic growth within our community.”
– Don Darling, Mayor of the City of Saint John
“New Brunswickers were reminded yet again this spring of the threat flooding poses. While we can’t stop the spring freshet, we can take steps to be better prepared. These two projects – a flood-mitigation study and an engineering redesign to improve a critical piece of infrastructure – are prime examples of how Saint John is working to reduce the impact of flooding. This kind of co-operation between all three levels of government is essential to keep people and infrastructure safe.”
– Glen Savoie, Saint John East MLA, on behalf of Public Safety Minister and Solicitor General Carl Urquhart
• The NDMP reflects an investment of $200 million over five years, of which $183 million is available for cost-shared, merit-based projects with provinces and territories to reduce the impacts of natural disasters.
• Since the launch of the NDMP in 2015, the NDMP has approved funding for 363 projects across Canada that are helping to build safer, more resilient communities.
• Through the NDMP, the Government of Canada is helping to address rising flood risks and costs and build the foundation for informed investments that could reduce, or even negate, the effects of flood events.
• In addition to investing in provincial and territorial flood mitigation projects through the NDMP, the Government of Canada:
– is investing in public awareness activities and risk and resiliency tools like the Federal Flood Mapping Guidelines, to help all levels of government to make informed decisions around flood mitigation;
– has created a new $2 billion federal Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund to support the infrastructure required to deal with the effects of a changing climate; and
– is integrating climate resilience into the National Building Code and conducting research to factor climate resilience into the design of buildings.
• According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, insured damage in 2016 topped $4.9 billion – passing the previous annual record of $3.2 billion set in 2013—and that the annual economic cost of disasters around the world has increased five-fold since the 1980s. Flooding damage has accounted for 80 per cent of federal disaster assistance payments over the past 20 years.
• Studies have demonstrated that when structural and non-structural investments are implemented in concert, the result is 6:1 return on investment.
• National Disaster Mitigation Program
• Flood Ready
• Federal Flood Mapping Guidelines
• Integrating climate resilience into the National Building Code
• Emergency Management Strategy for Canada
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