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Flood and Floodproofing Resources

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Compiled by Credit Valley Conservation

Credit Valley Conservation:  Authority Policies on Floodplain Management

Orderly land use planning and regulating development represent the preventative or proactive approach to flood plain management, and provide the focus of the Provincial Policies Statement and Credit Valley Conservation’s flood plain management policies. This is the most cost effective and rational approach to ensure the risks related to the loss of life or damage to property are not increased as a result of new development.

Check out Credit Valley Conservation’s Authority Policies on Flooplain Management.

Additional Publications and Guidelines (available from CVC):

  • Technical Guidelines for Flood Proofing,1994
  • Watercourse and Valley Land Protection Policies, 1992

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

The Ministry of Natural Resources water management activities focus on:

Protecting human life, property and natural resources through forecasting and warning about flood / drought / erosion hazards, and overseeing the safety of water control structures such as dams.

Supporting the development of healthy local, regional and provincial economies, through the sustainable use of water resources for activities such as water power generation and management of Crown-owned dams.

Ensuring integrated management of Ontario’s water resources through water budgeting, river management and watershed planning.

Safeguarding Ontario’s interest on shared boundary waters, such as the Great Lakes.

Learn more about the Ministry of Natural Resources’ water management activities.

Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

After the Flood – A Homeowner’s Checklist

After a flood, it’s important to restore your home to good order as soon as possible to protect your health and prevent further damage to your house and belongings.  This handy checklist will help you organize the cleanup.

Learn more about restoring your home after a flood from the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)

ICLR is a world-class centre for multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research and communications. The ICLR was established by Canada’s property and casualty insurance industry as an independent, not-for-profit research institute affiliated with the University of Western Ontario.

Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding

Designed for Safer Living® is a program endorsed by Canada’s insurer to promote disaster-resilient homes.  This handbook provides information on how you can reduce your chances and your neighbours’ chances of having basement flooding.

Sewer Backup: Homeowner perception

This research is intended to increase awareness and understanding of homeowner perceptions of sewer backup, alleviating homeowner risk in Canadian municipalities, and to provide practical information for municipal staff responsible for managing basement flood risk. The study provides a discussion of the role of effective basement flood education programs for increasing homeowner awareness and adopting methods of reducing damages. The report concludes with suggestions on how municipalities can increase the effectiveness of basement flood education.

Learn more about the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.

Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada publishes a wide variety of products aimed at helping citizens know the risks and how to prepare for emergencies.

Floods: What to do?

Floods are the most frequent natural hazard in Canada.  Everyone has a responsibility to protect their homes and their families. By planning ahead and taking practical steps to prepare, you can do your part to minimize flood damage.  This brochure addresses the three basic steps to take to prepare for floods: finding out about the risks in your area and about protective measures, making an emergency plan, and getting an emergency kit.

Your Emergency Preparedness Guide

Learn how quick and easy it is to become better prepared to face a range of emergencies at anytime, anywhere. Use this guide to create your own emergency plan. Use the checklists to build a 72-hour emergency kit. These basic steps will help you take care of yourself and your loved ones during an emergency.

Learn more about preparing a family emergency kit from Public Safety Canada.