Joyce Murray, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Quadra, and Jennifer Rice, Parliamentary Secretary for Emergency Preparedness British Columbia, made the announcement on Nov. 19.
Additionally, some municipalities and non-government organizations partnered with British Columbia to provide an additional $2.16 million.
Through the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) is intended to help address rising flood risks and costs, and build the foundation for informed investments that could reduce, or even negate, the effects of flooding, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada said in a news release. Funding is available for risk assessments, flood mapping, mitigation planning and small-scale mitigation projects such as storm culverts.
Of the 32 projects announced:
- 14 will provide funding for the completion of risk assessments to inform flood risks for a total of $2.31 million;
- five will help communities identify specific impacts of a flood event on structures and people through the development of flood maps for a total of $1.89 million;
- two will help communities plan to mitigate against future flooding events for a total of $583,100; and,
- 11 will fund small-scale structural mitigation projects for a total of $13.89 million.