The Government of Canada has announced $150,000 in funding to the Government of Ontario to support updated flood mapping of the Lake Ontario shoreline.

The announcement was made by Kim Rudd, member of parliament for Northumberland—Peterborough South.

“This spring, Ontario residents witnessed first-hand how weather-related natural disasters are getting more severe, more frequent, more damaging, and more expensive due to climate change,” said Rudd. “The Government of Canada is proud to work collaboratively with our partners to support proactive projects like the one announced today, which will help provide the tools to better protect the safety of our citizens and build safer and more resilient communities.”

Additionally, the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, and Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority are each contributing $57,500. This is being funded by the benefitting municipalities for a total project value of $322,500.

“On behalf of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, the Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority, and the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, I would like to express our appreciation to the federal government for the funding which has been approved for this very important project,” said Linda Laliberte, chief administrative officer and secretary-treasurer of the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority. “The funding will allow the Authorities to identify and update Lake Ontario shoreline hazard mapping and to provide guidance to our member municipalities in making sound shoreline management decisions.”

This funding is helping create a shoreline management plan through updated flood mapping and hazard assessment of the Lake Ontario shoreline, covering a 130-kilometre reach from Ajax to Brighton. The resulting plan will recommend management practices to help prevent and/or mitigate the effects of Lake Ontario on the surrounding shoreline communities and guide future land-use decisions.

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The Government of Canada cost-shares up to 50 per cent of eligible expenses for projects submitted by provinces and 75 per cent of eligible expenses for projects submitted by territories under the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP).

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