Marco Mendicino, parliamentary secretary to the minister of infrastructure and communities, announced funding for flood protection initiatives in Windsor, Ontario.
“Taking concrete steps to adapt to the impacts of climate change is more and more essential to ensuring a safe prosperous future for our kids and grandkids,” said Mendicino. “By investing in this important flood protection project, we are helping the community of Windsor build capacity for handling significant rainfalls. This important work will equip the community with the infrastructure it needs to better protect residents, become more resilient to future flooding events and greatly reduce the costs of recovery following extreme weather incidents.”
In recent years, severe storms have caused significant flood damage to local residences and businesses. The project involves building and expanding roadways, sewers, pump stations, and other stormwater infrastructure. Once complete, the project will reduce the impacts of flooding on Windsor residents and the local economy.
“The City of Windsor has been hard hit by flooding in recent years, and we’ve been working diligently with residents to implement both short and long term solutions,” said Drew Dilkens, mayor of Windsor. “Having the Government of Canada come to the table with 32.1 million dollars means we can immediately move forward on 12 major projects. It’s a significant investment in our community, and we sincerely thank them for their support.”
The Government of Canada is contributing over $32 million to the project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF). DMAF is a $2-billion, 10-year program to help communities build the infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods.
DMAF is part of the federal government’s Investing in Canada infrastructure plan, which is providing more than $180 billion over 12 years for green infrastructure, public transit projects, social infrastructure, trade and transportation routes, and rural and northern communities.