The twin studies (2015 and 2020) assessed the flood preparedness of the largest 16 cities in Canada. Unfortunately, the average score of C+ remained consistent over the five years between the studies. One of the most notable weaknesses highlighted by the 2020 study is that the average city’s flood risk maps are 20-25 years out of date.
Based on the 2020 results, the three best prepared cities are currently Edmonton, Regina and Toronto – investment in infrastructure protection and home owner outreach boosted their scores.
Feltmate urged mid to large sized cities to create a Chief Resiliency Officer position – a centralized role in charge of extreme weather risk.