Department of Infrastructure of Canada

01/16/2023 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/16/2023 09:40

The Government of Canada is investing to protect Port Stanley from storm surges

The Government of Canada is investing to protect Port Stanley from storm surges

From: Infrastructure Canada

News release

Today, Arielle Kayabaga, Member of Parliament for London West, and Andrew Sloan, Mayor of the Municipality of Central Elgin, announced $17 million in joint funding to better protect Port Stanley's shoreline areas from storm surges.

Central Elgin, Ontario, January 16, 2023-Today, Arielle Kayabaga, Member of Parliament for London West, and Andrew Sloan, Mayor of the Municipality of Central Elgin, announced $17 million in joint funding to better protect Port Stanley's shoreline areas from storm surges.

This investment will fund enhancements to the existing dune protection system, the construction of a new harbour entrance breakwater, raising the crest of an existing breakwater, and upgrading the community's storm water management system.

Once complete, this project will help Port Stanley shoulder the impacts of storm surges and better protect people and property from increasingly frequent severe storms.

Making adaptation investments now will have major economy-wide benefits later. Every dollar that is invested in adapting and preparing for climate related disasters can return as much as 13 to 15 dollars in benefits.

By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country's economy, increasing the resiliency of our communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.

Quotes

"With increasing extreme weather events, ensuring our communities have reliable disaster mitigation infrastructure is key to safeguarding the livelihoods of all residents. Today's important announcement will ensure that residents in Port Stanley are better protected from the impacts of climate change thanks to improved disaster mitigation infrastructure."

Arielle Kayabaga, Member of Parliament for London West, on behalf of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

"Lake Erie & Kettle Creek are integral to the Municipality of Central Elgin. Today's announcement supports the completion of infrastructure that will benefit the residents, businesses and visitors going forward. We look forward to this and further partnerships with the Government of Canada in the future."

Andrew Sloan, Mayor of the Municipality of Central Elgin

Quick facts

  • The Government of Canada is investing $6.8 million in this project through the Disaster and Mitigation Adaptation Fund (DMAF). The Municipality of Central Elgin is contributing $10.2 million.

  • On November 24th, 2022, the Government of Canada released Canada's National Adaptation Strategy: Building Resilient Communities and a Strong Economy. It commits $1.6 billion in new federal funding to help address both immediate and future climate risks to Canadian communities.

  • As outlined in the Government of Canada Adaptation Action Plan (GOCAAP), the federal plan to implement the National Adaptation Strategy's goals, objectives and proposed targets, the Government of Canada will invest up to an additional $489.1 million through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) to help communities increase their resiliency against the effects of climate change.

  • Launched in 2018 with an initial investment of $2 billion, the DMAF helps communities build infrastructure they need to better withstand natural hazards such as floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and droughts. Through Budget 2021, the Government of Canada invested an additional $1.375 billion in the DMAF.

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Contacts

For more information (media only), please contact:

Jean-SĂ©bastien Comeau
Press Secretary and Senior Communications Advisor
Office of the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc
Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities
343-574-8116
[email protected]

Shannon Zylstra
Communications Specialist
Municipality of Central Elgin
519-631-4060 Ext. 239
[email protected]

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