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Canada makes major investment to help protect Saskatoon residents from flooding

For immediate release: May 24, 2019 - 12:00pm

Now more than ever, communities need help adapting to the frequent and intensifying weather events caused by climate change. Reducing the impact of natural disasters such as flooding is critical to keeping Canadian families safe, protecting local businesses and supporting a strong economy and the middle class.

Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced funding for a Flood Control Strategy in Saskatoon.

The Flood Control Strategy involves building new storm water infrastructure—including dry ponds, underground storage and additional storm water pipes—in Saskatoon’s older neighbourhoods to improve the City’s capacity to  manage increasingly extreme weather events. 

The City of Saskatoon estimates that once completed, this work will better protect over 1,200 residents and their properties from future flooding events.

The Government of Canada is contributing $21.6 million to the Flood Control Strategy through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund. The total project cost is $54 million. 

“Extreme weather is becoming more severe, more frequent, more damaging and more expensive because of climate change," says the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, on behalf of the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities. "By investing in the infrastructure that protects our neighbourhoods, businesses, and families, we are building communities that can withstand future natural disasters and thrive for generations to come.

“The Flood Control Strategy will increase capacity to handle extreme flooding anticipated with climate change," says Saskatoon Mayor Charlie Clark. "This funding support will allow us to prepare some of our heaviest hit areas, providing peace of mind for residents – many of whom have already experienced devastating loss due to flooding.”

Quick facts

  • The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) is a $2-billion, 10-year program to help communities build the infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, earthquakes and droughts. 

  • DMAF is part of the federal government’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, which is providing more than $180 billion over 12 years for public transit projects, green infrastructure, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and rural and northern communities.

  • Investing in green infrastructure that helps communities cope with the intensifying effects of climate change is an integral part of Canada’s transition to a more resilient, low-carbon economy, which is among the commitments made under the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change. 

  • Budget 2019, Investing in the Middle Class, is the government’s plan to create more good well-paying jobs, put homeownership within reach of more Canadians, help working people get the training they need to succeed, support seniors, and lay the foundation for national pharmacare. 

  • With many municipalities across Canada facing serious infrastructure deficits, Budget 2019 proposes a one-time transfer of $2.2 billion through the federal Gas Tax Fund to address short-term priorities in municipalities and First Nations communities.