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What is the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP)?

The NDMP is a 5-year, $200 million federal program that is intended to reduce the impacts of natural disasters on Canadians by:

  • Focusing investments on significant, recurring flood risk and costs; and
  • Advancing work to facilitate private residential insurance for overland flooding.

Under the program, the federal government funds up to 50 per cent of the costs of eligible flood mitigation projects in four streams:

  1. Risk Assessments
  2. Flood Mapping
  3. Mitigation Planning
  4. Investments in Non-structural and Small Scale Structural Mitigation Projects

See the NDMP for more information about the program on Public Safety Canada’s website.

Who is eligible?

Only provincial and territorial governments are eligible to apply to the federal government under the NDMP, but provinces and territories can partner with other organizations.

Ontario welcomes project proposals from municipalities, conservation authorities and other eligible organizations.

Ontario will assess all project proposals received and submit selected proposals to the federal government. If a project is approved by the federal government, Ontario will flow through the federal funds to the partner organization.

Ontario encourages project proposals that include participation by multiple partners. For example, a conservation authority could submit a proposal that includes membership from municipalities and First Nations on a project steering committee.

How do I submit a proposal?

Timeline

Fourth call for proposals, for projects beginning in 2018-2019:

Ontario municipalities, conservation authorities and other eligible organizations are invited to submit project proposals for consideration under the forth call for proposals. The deadline to submit a project proposal is September 15, 2017.

Project proposals submitted after the deadline cannot be considered, due to a deadline for the province to submit project proposals to the federal government.

To be eligible under this call for proposals, projects must begin in the 2018-19 fiscal year (by March 31, 2019) and be completed by the end of the 2019-20 fiscal year (by March 31, 2020).

What to submit

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed NDMP Project Proposal Form
  • A completed NDMP Risk Assessment Information Template (except for Stream one proposals). All municipalities in Ontario have a Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment that may provide information to assist with completing the Risk Assessment Information Template.
  • For conservation authority applicants, a resolution from the Board of Directors approving the project proposal.
  • For all non-municipal applicants, including conservation authorities, a letter of support from the municipality or municipalities that will be affected by the proposed project.

How to submit

Submit project proposals by email to national.disaster.mitigation.program@ontario.ca by September 15, 2017.

What are Ontario’s mandatory requirements?

Ontario will screen all project proposals for compliance with the federal program guidelines. Project proposals that are incomplete or do not comply with the program guidelines cannot be submitted to the federal government for funding consideration.

In addition to the federal program requirements, the following are Ontario’s requirements:

  • Project proposals must conform to provincial policies and natural hazard technical guidelines:
  • Project proposals under Stream 1: Risk Assessment must follow Ontario’s Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment methodology (see our Frequently Asked Questions for further information) or include a rationale why an alternative methodology is being proposed.
  • Organizations submitting a project proposal must identify their own source of funds for the 50% of project costs not covered by federal funding.
  • Project proposals must have support from the municipality or municipalities affected by the project.

What is Ontario’s review process?

Ontario will review all project proposals received by the deadline for possible submission to the federal government. The province’s review is undertaken by a multi-ministry staff committee and includes initial screening followed by technical and financial reviews. Applicants will be notified whether their project has been selected for submission to the federal government.

Prioritization of provincial project submissions

The NDMP requires Ontario to prioritize projects submitted in each of the project streams. Funding decisions are then made by the federal government under a competitive, merit-based process.

Ontario will prioritize submissions based on the following considerations:

  • The project addresses or quantifies a site-specific flood risk to the public in areas that have experienced historic flooding and/or flood damage.
  • The project contributes to ensuring that people and property are protected from flooding and related hazards, with priority to high risk communities.
  • The project targets a part of Ontario where flood plain mapping is out of date or non-existent; where there is an immediate need for updating and where the mapping is anticipated to increase accuracy of the understanding of flood risk.
  • If several closely-ranked projects are submitted in the same stream, considerations may include value for money, population and number of structures potentially impacted by flooding, and presence of provincially significant critical infrastructure within the project boundary.

Timelines for Future Calls for Proposals

Fifth and final call for proposals, for projects beginning in 2019-20:

The deadline for project proposals is expected to be in September 2018. Please check this website for updates.

Contact Us

national.disaster.mitigation.program@ontario.ca

or

416-585-7296

or

Municipal Programs and Education Branch
16th floor
777 Bay Street
Toronto ON M5G 2E5

Resources

Please follow the links below for more information about the National Disaster Mitigation Program:

Frequent Asked Questions and Other Links