floodSmart Canada

Helping Canadians Prepare for Floods

floodSmart Canada

Helping Canadians Prepare for Floods

Did you know

The Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates that over 1.7 million Canadian homes are at risk of flooding, and over the next 5 years, our federal government could spend $3.4 billion on flood disaster relief. Most Canadians don’t realize they are at risk, and don’t have a plan to protect themselves from flooding. Even if you don’t live near water, your home or business could be at risk. Preparing now could save you money later.

FloodSmart Canada provides information on the risks, what you can do to prepare, and what to do if you experience a flood.

What you can do today

KNOW YOUR RISKS – do you live in an area where a flood could happen? Click here for information on flood mapping.

ACT – move valuables upstairs, make a 72-hour emergency kit, talk to your families and neighbours about what to do if a flood hits. Click here for information on how to protect yourself and your home.

LEARN about emergency and alert information. Click here to find out about emergency alerts listed by province and territory.

KNOW THE DIFFERENCE between flood insurance and government disaster assistance. Click here to learn more.

TALK to your insurance broker – many Canadian companies now offer flood insurance. Click here for a list of insurers.

CONTACT your local government about incentives for protecting your property by installing backflow valves and sump pumps, by disconnecting downspouts and drains from municipal sewers, and by installing rain barrels and rain gardens to slow the flow of water off your property, while beautifying your yard. Click here for information on community incentives listed by province and territory.

Prepare for Floods


Stay informed about flood risks and the ways that you can protect your family, home, or business.
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Learn and share best practices for flood preparedness with your community or organization.
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Take the necessary precautions to prepare staff, facilities and any products that can be affected by the impact and damages of floods.
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Discover flood tools and resources that can help you prepare for the events before, during and after a flood.
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Prepare with the FloodSmart Toolkit


FloodSmart Canada is a Partners for Action Project.
Click here to learn more about Partners for Action.