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Ontario Committed to Preparing Families for Impacts of Climate Change

Minister Yurek Attends Event to Support Pilot Project Protecting Homes from Extreme Weather Events

Toronto, August 19, 2019 - On August 9, Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, visited the Harvest Run Community in St. Thomas to support a pilot project to increase the resilience of 100 new homes to high wind and tornado events.

The pilot project, run by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Doug Tarry Homes Ltd., includes the installation of risk-reduction measures, such as enhanced roof sheathing fasteners, to help protect individual homes and neighbouring buildings from flying debris.

"I'm pleased to see that innovative businesses like Doug Tarry Homes are using the latest research and partnering with world-renowned disaster risk facilities like Ontario's Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction to help increase community resilience to the effects of climate change such as high winds, tornadoes and flooding," said Minister Yurek. "Through our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, our government is committed to providing families, businesses and the public sector with the tools they need to better prepare for such extreme weather events."

To improve our understanding of how climate change will impact the province, the government committed to launching Ontario's first-ever provincial, multi-sector climate change impact assessment.

Understanding the existing impacts of climate change and identifying potential future impacts will help the province, municipalities, Indigenous communities and other local decision-makers make more informed, timely choices to keep communities and people healthy and safe, ensure we maintain a strong economy and save money in the long-term.

Quick Facts

  • High winds contributed in part to most natural catastrophes recorded by the Insurance Bureau of Canada between 1983 and 2016.
  • In May 2018, windstorms in southern Ontario and Quebec caused $380 million in insured property losses in Ontario, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification Inc.
  • As part of a $1 million Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance pilot project, which launched June 27, 2019, the province will provide municipalities that qualify for funding with up to 15 per cent above the estimated cost of rebuilding damaged public infrastructure to make it more resilient to extreme weather.
  • We are committed to helping Ontarians understand the impacts of climate change and to updating government policies and building partnerships to improve local climate resilience.

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Last Updated: Monday, 19 August 2019 16:04:07 PM EST

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