Richmond, BC, April 24, 2019—Now more than ever, communities need help adapting to the frequent and intensifying weather events caused by climate change. Reducing the impact of natural disasters such as flooding is critical to keeping Canadian families safe, protecting local businesses and supporting a strong economy and the middle class.
Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, announced funding for a flood protection project in Richmond.
The project involves upgrading approximately 4.3 kilometres of the city’s dike network, including raising its height so it can withstand rising sea levels due to climate change. Five pump stations will also be upgraded to provide better drainage during flooding and divert water from the Fraser River to farms for irrigation in the dry season.
Once complete, the project will significantly reduce the risk of flooding in Richmond, protect critical infrastructure and promote economic growth for the region.
The Government of Canada is contributing over $13.7 million to this project through the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund.