Canada to fund flood mitigation project along Lake Ontario shoreline
September 3, 2019 By Ground Water Canada
Port Hope, Ont. – The federal government is providing $150,000 to Ontario to support updated flood mapping of the Lake Ontario shoreline under the National Disaster Mitigation Program.
Additionally, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, and Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority are each contributing $57,500, which is being funded by the benefiting municipalities, in support of this project, for a total project amount of $322,500.
“This spring, Ontario residents witnessed first-hand how weather-related natural disasters are getting more severe, more frequent, more damaging, and more expensive due to climate change,” said Kim Rudd, member of parliament for Northumberland–Peterborough South, who announced the initiative. “The Government of Canada is proud to work collaboratively with our partners to support proactive projects like the one announced today, which will help provide the tools to better protect the safety of our citizens and build safer and more resilient communities.”
The funding is to help create a shoreline management plan through updated flood mapping and hazard assessment of the Lake Ontario shoreline, covering a 130-kilometre reach from Ajax, Ont., to Brighton, Ont. The resulting plan will recommend management practices to help prevent and/or mitigate the effects of Lake Ontario on the surrounding shoreline communities and guide future land-use decisions, Public Safety Canada said in a news release.
The federal government 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 National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP).
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