Nova Scotia – Five municipal projects will receive provincial funding to help mitigate flood risk or support municipal innovation.
Four projects under the Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program will receive $258,421, and one project under the Municipal Innovation Program will receive $262,500.
“This funding will support key projects that make a difference for communities and for residents,” said John Lohr, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “Addressing flood risk is vital for building strong, vibrant communities and supporting continued economic growth.”
The Flood Risk Infrastructure Investment Program provides funding to municipalities for projects that identify or mitigate flood risks. Projects receiving funding in 2022-23 include:
- Cape Breton Regional Municipality: Renwick Brook floodplain delineation and culvert inventory and condition assessment; $75,000
- Halifax Regional Municipality: flood mitigation plan for Highway 2, Fall River, and Pleasant Street, Dartmouth; $88,000
- Town of Annapolis Royal: study on protecting its historic district; $43,278
- Town of Bridgewater: flood risk mitigation study; $52,143.
The Municipal Innovation Program provides funding for regional co-operation projects to help the long-term sustainability of local governments. Municipalities can apply for program funding to support innovative approaches to regional collaboration.
There is one grant through the program this year: Cape Breton Regional Municipality receives $262,500 for its municipal customer portal project.
“Our community knows first-hand of the danger that climate change poses in terms of increased flood risk. Funding to support proper planning is key to avoiding the large-scale destruction of floods. We thank our provincial partners for recognizing the need for this work as we move forward.”– Amanda McDougall, Mayor, Cape Breton Regional Municipality