NDP MLAs Lore and Dean say Greater Victoria will be better prepared for climate-related disasters

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VIEW ROYAL – New Democrat MLAs Mitzi Dean and Grace Lore say that people in Victoria and the West Shore will benefit from funding that will help strengthen their community’s resilience against climate-related hazards such as flooding, drought, and wildfires.

“People in our community want to know their municipalities will be prepared in case of emergencies,” said Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin. “By helping fund disaster management projects we’re keeping people and communities safer.”

In Greater Victoria, the following local governments and First Nations are receiving funding for disaster risk reduction projects:

  • Metchosin; partnering with the Sci’anew Nation –  $116,000 for a regional Disaster Risk Assessment, Mapping and Hazard Mitigation Planning Project
  • Victoria – $300,000 for Mike 3 Wave FM Modelling of the City of Victoria Shoreline and Climate Equity by Design – Engagement for Community-Led Climate Risk Communications, Management and Adaptation
  • View Royal – $95,000 for Coastal Adaptation Plan – Hazard Mapping and Risk Assessment

“Living on the Island, it’s essential that we understand our coasts and ocean to be prepared for potential emergencies,” said Grace Lore, MLA for Victoria-Beacon Hill. “This funding, which will help projects like Shoreline modelling, will support our region to be better prepared in case we need it.”

The province is providing more than $44 million through the Community Emergency Preparedness Fund (CEPF), which will go to more than 70 projects in 63 communities under the Disaster Risk Reduction-Climate Adaptation stream. These investments also support the Province’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy, which outlines a broad range of actions through to 2025 to address climate impacts and build resilience across B.C.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/29181