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Scope

On January 21-22, 2015, CNHR supported a workshop organized by the Resilient Cities Working Group of the Canadian National Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction, to review risk-based land-use practice in the context of flooding and an existing draft "Risk-based Land-use Guide" for Metro Vancouver. That workshop was a follow-up to the CNHR supported "Risk-based Land-use Guide" initiative.

The workshop:

  • reviewed existing risk-based land use practices and policies in Canada and support the drafting of new policies to address risk-based land use planning and mitigative programs for natural and human-caused hazards;
  • reviewed and suggested amendments to the draft Guide;
  • acquired new knowledge and sought innovative approaches to deal with overland flooding;
  • developed strategies to disseminate and support implementation of the Guide at the community, provincial and territorial levels; and
  • contributed to the public safety of Canadians and to reducing economic losses.

In order to move ahead with those initiatives, delegates were invited to the workshop to contribute their insights, knowledge, and experience in order to:

  • further explore existing risk-land use based practices and policies in Canada;
  • review of the current flood risk in Canada and the costs of flooding to Canadians;
  • identify innovative strategies, programs and tools (including flood proof housing) to reduce the costs of flooding in Canada;
  • identify barriers and opportunities towards implementation of risk-based land use planning guidelines to address natural and other hazards;
  • review the draft Guide and develop strategies to disseminate and support implementation of the Guide at the community, provincial and territorial levels; and
  • make recommendations for Canadian policy to address government priorities regarding a National Mitigation Program and reducing flood-based disaster losses.