Canada and British Columbia invest $29.5 million in 11 projects to make BC communities more resilient to natural disasters

From the Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2022/08/canada-and-british-columbia-invest-295-million-in-11-projects-to-render -bc-communities-more-resilient-to-natural-disasters.html

Today, the Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honorable Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General for British Columbia, announced joint funding for more than $29.5 million to reduce and mitigate the risk of flood and landslide events in 11 BC communities. These projects are in addition to 18 other disaster mitigation projects that were announced last summer.

Among the work announced today, the second phase of the East Kootenay-Cold Spring Creek Debris Flood Mitigation Project in the East Kootenay Regional District will continue efforts to increase water diversion and storage capacity. to protect homes, businesses and utilities from debris flows during floods. Residences in the Town of Port McNeill, an area prone to landslides, will benefit from a significant increase in flood protection through flow redirection and stabilization of existing natural infrastructure to absorb flooding. water and cushion the overflow. In Fernie, the Annex Levee Improvement Project will rebuild approximately 1,800 meters of levee to improve erosion protection and significantly reduce the likelihood of flood risk in the Annex neighborhood, including risks to municipal infrastructure. essential.

Funding for flood prevention measures will also be provided to Peters First Nation, Regional District of Fraser Fort George, Town of Trail, Town of Golden, Village of Canal Flats, Regional District of Central Kootenay, the Town of Greenwood and K’ ómoks First Nation.

The Government of Canada is investing more than $24.6 million in these 11 projects. The BC government is contributing $4.8 million.

Quotation

“Improvements to natural infrastructure and effective flood prevention measures help protect people, property and livelihoods. The projects announced today will create jobs, improve critical infrastructure across British Columbia and help communities withstand natural disasters. We will continue to work closely with our Indigenous, provincial and municipal partners to adapt to climate change and build resilient communities.

—The Honorable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

One of the things we’ve learned coming out of 2021 and seeing the unprecedented damage caused by recent floods and mudslides is that we need to increase the resilience of communities at risk. Funding these infrastructure projects advances our work to prepare for and adapt to climate change, and to better protect homes, properties, businesses and infrastructure from flooding in the future.

—The Honorable Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General of British Columbia

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to the Province of British Columbia and the Government of Canada for investing in this critical infrastructure. Given the magnitude of the danger and risk to life and property, Phase 2 of the Cold Spring Creek Debris Flow Mitigation Project is a high priority for our region. This funding allows us to move forward with the project and reduce risk to the community of Fairmont Hot Springs.

— Susan Clovechok, Electoral Area F Director, East Kootenay Regional District

“The City of Port McNeill has been prone to debris flows for several years, with limited ability for us to facilitate the mitigation of these events. Receiving funding for this project allows us, as a community, to finally rest easy knowing that the residents of Port McNeill are safer, but also to now focus our attention on the growth and development of our community as a whole. together.

—Pete Nelson-Smith, General Manager, City of Port McNeil

Fast facts

  • Government of Canada funding comes from the COVID-19 Resilience Stream of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program.
  • Federal funding is conditional on meeting all requirements related to consultation with Aboriginal groups.
  • Through the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, the federal government is investing more than $180 billion over 12 years in public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes and rural and northern communities in Canada.
  • Over the past six years, 40 disaster mitigation projects have been approved in British Columbia, including the 11 announced today, for a total federal contribution of more than $275.4 million.
  • During this period, more than $38 billion has been set aside for communities across Canada to support modern, world-class public infrastructure, including more than $4.9 billion for disaster mitigation projects.
  • Infrastructure Canada helps address the complex challenges Canadians face every day, from the rapid growth of our cities to climate change and environmental threats to our waters and lands.

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Backgrounder: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2022/08/backgrounder-canada-and-british-columbia-invest-295-million-in -11-projects-to-make-bc-communities-more-resilient-to-natural-disasters.html

Related links

Federal infrastructure investments in British Columbia: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/prog-proj-bc-eng.html

COVID-19 Resilience Stream — a CIPI component of IICP: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/covid-19-resilience-eng.html

Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/dmaf-faac/index-eng.html

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