National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP)


In recognition of increasing disaster risks and costs, Budget 2014 earmarked $200 million over five years to establish the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) as part of the Government's commitment to build safer and more resilient communities. The NDMP will address rising flood risks and costs, and build the foundation for informed mitigation investments that could reduce, or even negate, the effects of flood events.

The NDMP fills a critical gap in Canada's ability to effectively mitigate, prepare for, respond to, and recover from, flood-related events by building a body of knowledge on flood risks in Canada, and investing in foundational flood mitigation activities. Knowledge that is up-to-date and accessible will not only help governments, communities and individuals to understand flood risks and employ effective mitigation strategies to reduce the impacts of flooding, but will also further discussions on developing a residential flood insurance market in Canada.

Main Objectives

The NDMP was established in April 2015 to reduce the impacts of natural disasters on Canadians by:


Provincial and territorial governments are the eligible recipients for funding under the NDMP. However, provincial and territorial authorities may collaborate with, and redistribute funding to eligible entities, such as municipal or other local governments, public sector bodies, private sector bodies, band councils, international non-government organizations or any combination of these entities.

Program Components

Of the NDMP's $200 million, the NDMP has an allotment of approximately $183 million for NDMP projects that will be cost-shared with the provinces and territories (up to 50 per cent of eligible provincial projects and up to 75 per cent of eligible projects in the territories). Projects will be selected for funding through a competitive, merit-based process using objective and measurable criteria.

There are four funding streams available under the NDMP:

Risk Assessments
This stream provides funding for the completion of risk assessments to inform flood risks. Risk assessments are the foundational step in disaster mitigation. These risk assessments will identify flood hazards; potential impacts; and community and infrastructure vulnerabilities as well as the overall flood risk profile for the area.

Flood Mapping
This stream provides funding for the development and/or modernization of flood maps to further address flood risks. A flood map identifies the boundaries of a potential flood event based on type and likelihood and can be used to help identify the specific impacts of a flood event on, for example, structures, people and assets.

Mitigation Planning
This stream provides funding for the development and/or modernization of mitigation plans to address flood risks. A comprehensive mitigation plan allows applicants to develop realistic and sustainable mitigation solutions by clearly outlining the plan's objectives, key activities, expected outputs, timelines, and roles and responsibilities.

Investments in Non-structural and Small Scale Structural Mitigation Projects
This stream provides funding for other non-structural and small scale structural disaster mitigation projects. Eligible projects would include actions such as the replacement of storm culverts, or projects that improve flood resilience by proactively preventing or mitigating damages and losses.

In general, provinces and territories can access any funding stream; however, there must be evidence to indicate that proposals are evidence-based. For example, applicants for flood mapping funding must indicate that their perceived need for flood mapping was informed by a risk assessment. Applicants for mitigation planning must demonstrate that their proposals reflect a need to prevent or mitigate identified and significant flood risks.

Further, provinces and territories can apply to access different streams of funding for different projects.

In addition to the funds that will be dedicated to cost-shared projects with provinces and territories, the NDMP will also assist in building the foundation for future, informed proactive prevention and mitigation by investing $17 million in three key areas:

How to Apply

Provincial and territorial authorities can apply for funding under any of the four funding streams by submitting their NDMP project proposals to the appropriate Public Safety Regional Office. Provinces and territories may also direct any questions to their appropriate Public Safety Regional Office.

The NDMP Project Proposal Form can be found in the "Resources" section below. The deadline for provinces and territories to submit NDMP proposals to Public Safety Canada for funding for 2018-2019 is October 31, 2017.

Communities and municipalities who are interested in the NDMP proposal submission process should contact their appropriate Provincial/Territorial government department or ministry as early as possible to discuss its internal process in regards to the NDMP.

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