Flood Hazard Identification and Mapping Program
Flood hazard maps are essential to understanding a community’s risk to flooding. In Canada, many flood maps are not always available or up-to-date. High quality flood mapping that is current and accessible will help governments, communities, and individuals understand flood hazards and implement effective mitigation strategies to reduce the impacts of flooding.
The Government of Canada is investing over $63.8M in its Flood Hazard Identification and Mapping Program (FHIMP) to help Canadians better plan and prepare for future floods. In partnership with provincial and territorial governments, the FHIMP aims to complete flood hazard maps of higher risk areas in Canada and make this flood hazard information accessible.
These maps will inform decision-making in support of flood mitigation, adaptation to a changing climate, resilience building, and protection of lives and properties.
FHIMP is one of many measures the Government of Canada is pursuing with a view to increasing the resiliency of Canadians in the face of the rising frequency and costs of flood events and other climate-related disasters. These efforts avoid duplication of other federal flood mapping activities, such as First Nation Adapt. The FHIMP is complementary to initiatives such as activities to update flood mapping standards and other measures, including:
- Developing Canada’s first National Adaptation Strategy (NAS)
- Implementing the Emergency Management Strategy for Canada
- Developing a National Risk Profile
- Setting up a Task Force on Flood Insurance and Relocation
- Providing funding for adaptation projects through programs such as the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund
Provincial and territorial governments are the eligible recipients for funding under the FHIMP. However, they may collaborate with, and redistribute funding to eligible entities, such as:
- municipal or other local governments
- public sector bodies
- private sector bodies
- Indigenous communities
- international non-government organizations, or
- any combination of these entities
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