Communities and Organizations
Municipalities have an important role to play when it comes to flood and emergency preparedness. Municipalities, as well as the individual communities and organizations within them, are responsible for informing and preparing residents for floods and flood risks.
Within communities across the country, organizations are focusing their attention on floods and emergency preparedness. These organizations provide safety tips and information to help spread the word about floods and the different ways individuals, communities, municipalities, and businesses can make sure they stay safe before, during and after a flood.
Municipalities, communities, and organizations across Canada should learn from one another as well as share ideas and tools. This will help them to improve current strategies and will increase flood awareness is spread all throughout Canada.
*Please note that FloodSmartCanada and Partners for Action do not take responsibility for the verification of the services and information identified below.
Organizations Working on Floods
Organizations across the country are developing programs that focus on climate change adaptation and flood prevention. Many of these programs provide critical information, share knowledge, and support collaborative efforts to protect communities before, during and after flooding events.
We are working to provide links to all groups working on floods and climate change adaptation across the country. Please see below for examples of these groups and their work, and if you’d like to add your group, please click here.
Adaptation Library – Resources for climate adaptation
The Adaptation Library provides users with access to relevant tools, products and information related to climate adaptation in Canada and abroad.
Adaptation to Climate Change (ACT)
ACT explores the risks of climate change and opportunities for sustainable adaptation. To do so, ACT connects leading experts with industry, community and government decision-makers.
The Calgary Chamber is a non-partisan organization focused on solving business problems as well as pushing the social and political agenda in order to improve the City of Calgary. The Chamber’s report Flood Resiliency: Insights from a survey of the Calgary business community provides business owners with a holistic understanding of the impacts of floods on communities. The report also assesses disaster mitigation efforts and flood recovery programs.
Calgary Chamber of Voluntary Organizations (CCVO)
CCVO has published six reports and an infographic that outline the impacts of and responses to the city’s 2013 flood. Visit CCVO’s Emergency Preparedness Resources webpage for more details.
Canada’s National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP)
NDMP was established to reduce the impacts of natural disasters on Canadians.
Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care
The Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care is focused on preparing Canadian health care facilities for climate change.
Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum
The Canadian Coastal Resilience Forum is a knowledge-sharing community focused on discovering the strategies for managing the risks of natural hazards in coastal environments.
Canadian Institute of Planners (CIP)
CIP has several resources with information relevant to climate change and floods.
Canadian Water Network
The Canadian Water Network focuses on national water solutions, with priorities that include: blue cities; energy and resource; agriculture and water; and small and indigenous communities.
Carleton Climate Commons Working Group
The Carleton Climate Commons Working Group is a university group of faculty and graduates students who are collaborating and developing ways to continue the discussion on climate change issues.
Centre for Global Change Science
The Centre for Global Change Science at the University of Toronto focuses on global environmental change research and education.
Climate Change Adaptation Research Group
The Climate Change Adaptation Research Group is based at the university of McGill focusing on climate change vulnerability and adaptation as well as stakeholder engagement, adaptation tracking, and knowledge synthesis.
Ecology Action Centre
Nova Scotia’ Ecology Action Centre is working on building a healthy and sustainable world. The Centre works with communities as well as social and natural scientists to develop environmental and economically sustainable solutions for its citizens.
Environmental Sustainability Research Centre (ESRC)
The ESRC at Brock University develops and brings together research about the environment, sustainability, and social-ecological resilience.
First Nation Adapt
The First Nation Adapt program supports community projects that develop and build the capacity of First Nations on reserve to address climate change impacts on their communities. The central goal of the program is to improve community resiliency to climate change.
Floodnet is a Canadian research network that focuses on enhancing flood forecasting and flood management in Canada.
Fraser Basin Council
The Fraser Basin Council (FBC) is a charitable non-profit society that focuses on advancing sustainability in the Fraser Basin and across British Columbia.
Global Institute for Water Security
The Global Institute for Water Security based at the University of Saskatchewan is involved in interdisciplinary research that aims to protect both the quality and quantity of water.
Green Communities Canada
The national association, Green Communities Canada, of community organizations, works with homeowners, governments, and communities to reduce environmental impacts.
ICLEI Canada is focused on working with communities across the country to build capacity on adaptation, mitigation, and biodiversity.
Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)
ICLR has created a number of useful safety brochures for homeowners. These documents include information about basement flooding, backwater valves, and sump pump systems.
Insurance Bureau Canada (IBC)
IBC provides Canadians with information about disaster preparedness and insurance coverage.
Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA)
ICCA provides homeowners with a Home Adaptation Assessment Program (HAAP) to help prevent the risk of basement flooding.
International Institute for Sustainable Development
The University of Winnipeg and the IISD have established a new initiative – The Centre for Climate Risk Reduction on the Prairies – which will offer research, advice and policy development to governments, businesses and community members on the impacts of climate change in order anticipate risks and increase community resilience.
Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC)
OCC develops projects in three main areas, including climate information, adaptation and mitigation, and research mobilization.
Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR)
The Ontario Centre for Climate Impacts and Adaptation Resources (OCCIAR) provides researchers and stakeholders with important information on climate change impacts and adaptation.
Ouranos is an organization focused on developing and coordinating projects related to regional climatology and adaptation to climate change.
Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions (PICS)
PICS is a knowledge network with researchers from British Columbia and around the world that study the impacts of climate change. The researchers also work on developing approaches to climate mitigation and adaptation.
Partners for Action (P4A)
Partners for Action is an applied research network advancing flood resiliency in Canada in the face of a changing climate and extreme weather.
Rain Community Solutions
Rain Community Solutions offers communities programs that will help to save them money, reduce their flood risk and protect their water.
REEP Green Solutions
REEP Green Solutions is developing a number of projects to educate homeowners about flood risks and prevention. For example, REEP’s RAIN program is a stormwater education and action program.
The Water Institute
The Water Institute at the University of Waterloo is focused on research, education, and training related to the sustainable use and management of water resources.
Flood Resilience, Vulnerability, and Risk Assessment Tools
We are working to provide a complete list of resilience, vulnerability, and risk assessment tools related to flood and climate change adaptation. Please see below for examples of these tools, and if you’d like to add a tool, click here.