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IBC welcomes province’s climate change efforts


November 28, 2017   by Canadian Underwriter


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The Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) is welcoming the climate change provisions in the Government of Ontario’s newly released Long-Term Infrastructure Plan (LTIP).

The provincial government released LTIP on Tuesday. The plan includes investment in public infrastructure, such as hospitals, schools, public transit, road and bridges. Ontario is investing $190 billion in public infrastructure over 13 years.

Part of LTIP seeks to improve the planning processes associated with major capital infrastructure projects in Ontario, IBC said in a press release. In addition to mitigation and adaptation, LTIP will integrate life-cycle assessments as part of the planning, procurement, development and decision-making phases of infrastructure projects.

The government highlighted the need for a provincial climate change risk assessment to help build a better understanding of the vulnerabilities facing communities, infrastructure and the economy. Canada’s P&C insurers have long called on governments to introduce mechanisms for better land-use planning and more resilient infrastructure investments to help mitigate the effect that climate change can have on communities across the country.

“Climate change is already having a real and lasting impact on communities across the province,” said Kim Donaldson, vice president, Ontario, with IBC. “Severe weather events, like floods, wildfires and storms are happening with more frequency and with greater intensity. They damage homes, businesses and wreak havoc on critical infrastructure. Canada’s property and casualty insurers congratulate the Government of Ontario for including climate change mitigation, adaptation and life-cycle assessments as part of the province’s Long-Term Infrastructure Plan.”

The plan also includes Ontario’s first-ever asset inventory describing the condition, age and value of provincial infrastructure assets by sector.