Government of Ontario Commits to Increasing ProvinceFlood Resilience

May 14 18:05 2019 Print This Article

In the Legislature on May 13, 2019, Premier Doug Ford highlighted the Ontario government’s commitment to increasing the province’s resilience to flooding.

“I want to assure the people of Ontario that we are taking action to better plan for and reduce the impacts of flooding,” said Premier Doug Ford.  “We will start by creating an internal task force that will hear directly from people in flood zones about how we can all work together to protect their property and keep them safe.”

The internal task force will consult with municipal, Indigenous, and industry leaders to discuss how to better prepare for floods and respond to them when they happen. Engagement sessions will be held in the Muskoka region on May 17, in Pembroke on May 23, and in Ottawa on May 24.

“Our number one priority is the safety of the public and the protection of communities and private property,” said John Yakabuski, minister of natural resources and forestry. “After seeing first-hand the impacts of flooding in communities across Ontario, we are taking immediate action to help.”

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