The Floodplain Mapping Funding Guidebook for BC Local Governments is BCREA’s latest accomplishment in its initiative to ensure that floodplain maps around the province are updated and remain current—protecting BC’s economy, communities and the Quality of Life of citizens.
In Victoria at the end of April, REALTORS® from around the province met with 57 BC MLAs to discuss the need to update floodplain maps. BCREA urges the provincial government to:
- Take the lead, working with local and federal governments, to ensure floodplain maps are updated and remain current.
- Develop guidelines and specifications for the development of floodplain maps.
- Ensure senior government funding programs for flood mitigation cover technical studies, such as floodplain maps.
Many stakeholders share BCREA’s concerns. For example, in May the BC Chamber of Commerce adopted a resolution recommending the provincial government work with stakeholders on floodplain mapping, develop guidelines and clarify liability and access to emergency funds. The Insurance Bureau of Canada recognizes the need to adapt to extreme weather events, including floods. In June, Public Safety Canada distributed its exploratory National Floodplain Mapping Assessment, which focuses on floodplain mapping practices in seven countries and across Canada.
And the flooding seen this year—right now—in Canada serves as a reminder of the need to update floodplain maps and keep them current.
Visit www.bcrea.bc.ca/government-relations/flood-protection for more information:
- Floodplain Maps Action Plan and quarterly progress reports
- Act Now—Save Later: Updated Floodplain Maps are Critical (BCREA submission to BC MLAs)