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IBC congratulates City of Toronto on the creation of a chief resilience officer position

July 5, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is congratulating the City of Toronto “for its ongoing commitment to emergency preparedness” with the recent establishment of a chief resilience officer for the city. Last month, Tory announced that the position will be

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Government of Alberta invests in debris dam to protect homes, businesses and infrastructure in Canmore

May 29, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta announced on Friday that it is investing an additional $10.3 million to protect homes, businesses and infrastructure in Canmore. The money represents the final funding towards a $48.6-million debris dam at Cougar Creek and is part

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Need for more collaboration between municipalities one lesson learned from Fort McMurray wildfire, CIFF conference hears

May 26, 2017 Jason Contant, Online Editor

The need for more collaboration between various municipalities and the consequences of poor land use policies were just two lessons learned from the Fort McMurray wildfire, a speaker said on Wednesday at the Canadian Insurance Financial Forum (CIFF). Michael Brisebois,

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Alberta to conduct review of liabilities associated with old oil and gas facilities

May 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Alberta Energy has announced that it is conducting a review of old oil and gas wells and facilities and their associated liabilities. The province is working with industry and experts to find ways to better protect Albertans and the environment

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Rebuilding after disasters should stress safer, better, Goodale says

May 11, 2017 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – As the devastating floodwaters recede in Ontario and Quebec, the key to preventing a similar disaster in future is to avoid making the mistakes that led to problems in the first place, says Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale.

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Documents show many cities are wary of mapping flood risks, making data public

May 9, 2017 Jordan Press - THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – When municipal officials were told last year about new tools to help them map the risk of flooding in their communities, they immediately raised red flags, suggesting they wanted no part of it over concerns about legal liability

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Heavy rain likely to cause new or more flooding in Quebec and Ontario

May 5, 2017 Michelle McQuigge - THE CANADIAN PRESS

Persistent, steady rains soaking swaths of central and eastern Canada that have already endured record precipitation levels threatened to trigger widespread flooding Friday and put residents and governments on high alert. Environment Canada said a massive system is slowly drenching

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Alberta government provides $15M a year for FireSmart program, up from $3.8M last year

April 17, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta has announced it is providing $15 million a year for its FireSmart program, up from $3.8 million last year, to help communities boost their wildfire protection activities. FireSmart uses preventative measures to reduce wildfire threat to

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Government of Alberta boosts Calgary’s flood resilience with $13.4 million investment

April 12, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

The Government of Alberta announced on Wednesday that it is investing about $13.4 million to help the City of Calgary boost its flood readiness. Six provincial grants are part of $63 million earmarked in Budget 2017 to help Alberta communities

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Ontario should adopt ‘multi-provider insurance system’ for new home warranties: Cunningham

April 3, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Warranties that new homes in Ontario are free from defects should be available from multiple providers and treated as insurance products, former judge J. Douglas Cunningham recommended in a recent report. Warranty coverage currently available from Tarion Warranty Corp. “should

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Openness to making homes, businesses resilient to severe weather encouraging: OMIA’s John Taylor

March 31, 2017 by Angela Stelmakowich

There are encouraging signs from government, municipalities and builders that resiliency needs to become part of building code conversations given that severe weather shows no signs of abating, suggested John Taylor, president and CEO of the Ontario Mutual Insurance Association

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Risk management overhaul necessary for cities to become more resilient to catastrophic events: report

March 27, 2017 by Canadian Underwriter

Officials for cities, investors and insurers will increasingly need to “build resilience within and between infrastructure systems as a complementary approach to address infrastructure risk and uncertainty,” argues a new report from Lloyd’s and Arup. “While risk management remains a