$1M Ontario pilot project to help rebuild flood-damaged infrastructure

Jun 28, 2019

Ontario is launching a million-dollar pilot project to help communities protect against the effects of extreme weather.

The project come after several parts of central and eastern Ontario experienced massive flooding this spring.

The government has already activated a disaster recovery assistance program for them, which helps cover emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property not covered by insurance after a natural disaster.

Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Steve Clark announced Thursday that a new pilot project will give municipalities that qualify for that program up to 15 per cent above the estimated cost of rebuilding public infrastructure that has been damaged.

The government said the funds would allow municipalities to make their infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather, with measures such as raising roads, improving the footing of bridges or increasing the size of catch basins.

Earlier this year, the Progressive Conservative government cut conservation authorities' funding for flood management in half.