It’s now accepted wisdom that frequent floods are no coincidence. With climate change, most of Canada will experience higher than average rainfall. Add the greater snowmelt run-off caused by rising temperatures, and more severe storms, and the risks of urban flooding across Canada have grown.
“Flooding is the evolving normal because climate change is here to stay.”
These stark realities mean that governments, in particular the province of Ontario, need to urgently increase action on flood prevention, climate change mitigation, and adaptation — with natural infrastructure solutions as an increasingly favourable way to reduce flooding’s harm.