Disaster Financial Assistance Mitigation and Preparedness Program

In order to assist municipalities to mitigate against future disasters, when Manitoba establishes a DFA program that is eligible for cost-sharing with Canada under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements, municipalities would have the option to either:

  • Pay the Provincial/Municipal DFA deductible (based on the new), or
  • Invest an amount equal to the Provincial/Municipal DFA deductible into a disaster mitigation and preparedness project. Manitoba would then reimburse municipalities for 100% of their eligible DFA claim. Projects must be approved by the Manitoba government.

Details on the reimbursement of the municipal portion of the cost-sharing formula, establishing a reserve fund, and the project approval process are being finalized and will be shared with municipalities when available.

Eligible Mitigation and Preparedness Projects

Eligible projects must increase municipal resiliency and help municipalities better prepare for and/or mitigate the impacts of natural disasters, extreme weather events and impacts from climate change. Regionally-led projects are also eligible.

Some examples include:

  1. The construction of a new or the upgrade/rehabilitation of existing municipal infrastructure to provide increased structural capacity and/or natural capacity to adapt to climate change impacts, natural disasters and/or extreme weather events, such as:
    • Construction or expansion of floodways or diversions
    • Construction of new dikes or enhancement of existing dikes, including borrow material for diking or lands from which to extract borrow material
    • Relocation or raising of roads and improvements to community access and egress
    • Installation of new or additional culverts
    • Construction, enhancement or clean-out of drainage works
    • Construction or expansion of water retention infrastructure
    • Retention and enhancement of wetlands
    • Raising of buildings and/or structures to protect against flooding
    • Buyout of properties and relocation of buildings to less disaster-prone areas
    • Enhancement of critical infrastructure resiliency and creation of redundancies (e.g. backup power, tornado proofing, green energy initiatives, etc.)
    • Installation of shoreline protection measures
    • Installation or expansion of shelter belts
  2. The purchase of equipment and resources that would not be covered by DFA to support preparedness activities, such as:
    • Flood protection equipment
    • Culvert steamers
    • Pumps
    • Generators for critical infrastructure
    • Equipment for emergency operations centres
    • Stream gauges
    • Public education and outreach activities
  3. The completion of risk assessment projects  to inform disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation activities, such as:
    • Hazard, Risk and Vulnerability Assessments
    • Hydrologic studies
    • Bathymetric and/or topographic surveys, including LiDAR aerial surveys
    • Risk mapping
    • Land use studies
  4. The use of funds to support applications to other mitigation-related provincial and/or federal programs
    • Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund
    • Federal Gas Tax Fund
    • Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program Green Infrastructure Stream
    • Growing Outcomes in Watersheds (GROW) Trust
    • FireSmart
    • StormReady
  5. Municipalities may propose other investments for consideration by the Manitoba government that would increase preparedness or mitigate the impacts of natural disasters.