National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP)
Identifying increasing disaster risks and costs, Budget 2014 earmarked $200 million over five years, from 2015 to 2020, to establish the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) as part of the Government of Canada's commitment to build safer and more resilient communities. The Economic and Fiscal Snapshot 2020 announced a renewal of the NDMP and earmarked $25 million over two years beginning in fiscal year 2020-2021. $5 million in funding is available until March 31, 2021, and a further $20 million is available for the period from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
The NDMP addresses rising flood risks and costs, and builds the foundation for informed mitigation investments that could reduce, or even negate, the effects of flood events. The NDMP fills a critical gap in Canada's ability to effectively mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from, flood-related events by building a body of knowledge on flood risks in Canada, and investing in foundational flood mitigation activities. Knowledge that is up-to-date and accessible will not only help governments, communities and individuals to understand flood risks and employ effective mitigation strategies to reduce the impacts of flooding, but will also further discussions on developing a residential flood insurance market in Canada.
The NDMP was established to reduce the impacts of natural disasters on Canadians by:
- Focusing investments on significant, recurring flood risk and costs; and
- Advancing work to facilitate private residential insurance for overland flooding.
Provincial and territorial (P/T) governments are the eligible recipients for funding under the NDMP. However, provincial and territorial authorities may collaborate with, and redistribute funding to eligible entities, such as municipal or other local governments, public sector bodies, private sector bodies, band councils, international non-government organizations or any combination of these entities. Communities and municipalities who are interested in the NDMP proposal submission process should contact their appropriate Provincial/Territorial government department or ministry.
NDMP projects are cost-shared with the provinces and territories (up to 50 per cent for eligible provincial projects and up to 75 per cent for eligible projects in the territories). Projects are selected for funding through a competitive, merit-based process using objective and measurable criteria. In addition to funding cost-shared projects with provinces and territories, the NDMP also assist in building the foundation for future, informed, proactive prevention and mitigation in three key areas:
- Risk, resilience and return on investment tools to provide provinces, territories and communities with the needed information and capacity to plan and evaluate their flood mitigation projects;
- A risk and resilience repository that will collect, store, manage and share NDMP information to inform future policy and program direction for all levels of government; and
- Public awareness and engagement activities.
There are four funding streams under the NDMP:
- Risk Assessments
This stream provides funding for the completion of risk assessments to inform flood risks. Risk assessments are the foundational step in disaster mitigation. These risk assessments will identify flood hazards, potential impacts, and community and infrastructure vulnerabilities, as well as the overall flood risk profile for the area.
- Flood Mapping
This stream provides funding for the development and/or modernization of flood maps. A flood map identifies the boundaries of a potential flood event based on type and likelihood, and can be used to help identify the specific impacts of a flood event on structures, people and assets.
- Mitigation Planning
This stream provides funding for the development and/or modernization of mitigation plans to address flood risks. A comprehensive mitigation plan allows applicants to develop realistic and sustainable mitigation solutions by clearly outlining the plan's objectives, key activities, expected outputs, timelines, and roles and responsibilities.
- Investments in Non-structural and Small Scale Structural Mitigation Projects
This stream provides funding for other non-structural and small scale structural disaster mitigation projects. Eligible projects would include actions such as the replacement of storm culverts, or projects that improve flood resilience by proactively preventing or mitigating damages and losses.
In general, provinces and territories can access any funding stream; however, there must be evidence to indicate that proposals are evidence-based. For example, applicants for flood mapping funding must indicate that their perceived need for flood mapping was informed by a risk assessment. Applicants for mitigation planning must demonstrate that their proposals reflect a need to prevent or mitigate identified and significant flood risks.
Further, provinces and territories can apply to access different streams of funding for different projects.
Important: For the 2021-2022 call for proposals, stream 4 will only be for Non-Structural Mitigation Projects.
How to Apply
The deadline for provinces and territories to submit NDMP proposals to Public Safety Canada (PS) for funding for 2021-2022 is January 28, 2021.
Provincial and territorial authorities can apply for funding by submitting their NDMP project proposals to the appropriate PS Regional Office. Provinces and territories may also direct any questions to their appropriate PS Regional Office. Important: Successful projects resulting from this last Call for Proposals must be completed by March 31, 2022.
The NDMP Project Proposal Form can be found in the "Resources" section below.
By e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Federal Flood Mapping Guidelines Series
- NDMP Terms and Conditions
- NDMP Program Guidelines
- NDMP Project Proposal Form (PDF 151 KB) (Please save the file to your desktop)
- Risk Assessment Information Template (PDF 190 KB)
- Risk Assessment Information Template – Users' Guide
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