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2018 Call for Proposals
The deadline is September 14, 2018

The National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) is a federal program that provides funding for flood mitigation projects. Projects can address any type of flood risk, such as riverine or urban flooding. Under this program, Public Safety Canada can fund up to 50% of project costs, to a maximum of $1.5 million in federal funding per project.

An eligible organization may submit one or more project proposals to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs by September 14, 2018. This is the last opportunity to submit project proposals before the end of the program.

Previous proposals for flood mitigation projects in Ontario have had a high level of success under the NDMP.


The following organizations are eligible to submit a project proposal for federal funding:

Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with other departments within their organization or with external organizations to share costs and to expand the benefits or outcomes of a project.

Project Streams

There are 4 project streams:

  • risk assessments
  • flood mapping
  • mitigation planning
  • investments in non-structural and small scale structural mitigation projects

NDMP projects must be evidence-based. Project proposals typically proceed through the 4 project streams in sequence, unless related work has already been done. For example, a flood mapping proposal needs to be informed by a risk assessment. Some stream 4 projects, such as educational initiatives, do not need to complete previous project streams.


The earliest an approved NDMP project can start is April 1, 2019 and must be completed by March 31, 2020. All approved projects must be completed within 12 months.

Project proposals must meet the federal program guidelines and the following Ontario program requirements:

Stream 1 project proposals for risk assessments must follow the Ontario’s Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (HIRA) methodology. Alternatively, a rationale may be provided to note why a different methodology is proposed.

How to Apply

Eligible organizations in Ontario must submit proposals to the Ministry of Municipal Affairs.

Step 1

Read the following information:

Step 2

Complete the required documents:

Required documents Municipalities Indigenous communities Conservation authorities Other eligible organizations
NDMP Project Proposal Form
Yes Yes Yes Yes
NDMP Risk Assessment Information Template (RAIT)
(except for Stream 1)
Yes Yes Yes Yes
A letter of support from the municipality or municipalities affected by the proposed project Yes Yes
A resolution from a board of directors approving the project proposal Yes

Step 3

Email the required documents to by September 14, 2018.

Ontario’s review process

The province will review the proposals using the following criteria:

  • Does the proposal address or quantify a site-specific flood risk to the public in areas that have experienced historic flooding or damage?
  • Does the proposal contribute to protecting people and property from flooding and related hazards? Priority may be given to projects that work with high-risk and/or urban communities.
  • Does the proposal target an area where floodplain mapping is out of date, non-existent, or in urgent need of updates? Does the mapping help improve the understanding of flood risk?
  • Does the proposal demonstrate good value for public money?
  • What is the size of population and number of structures potentially affected by flooding?
  • Does the proposed project boundary include any provincially significant critical infrastructure?

After the review, Ontario will recommend eligible proposals to Public Safety Canada for consideration. Public Safety Canada will assess the proposals using a competitive, merit-based process. Ontario will notify applicants if their project proposals have been approved or declined.

For successful projects, Ontario will provide guidance on NDMP implementation and transfer federal funds to recipients.

Past NDMP projects

Since 2016, there have been 72 NDMP projects approved in Ontario. Funding recipients include municipalities, Indigenous communities, conservation authorities and provincial organizations. Examples of past projects include:

  • Assess flood risk for vulnerable communities, including the creation of a flood events database.
  • Improve topographic maps in flood-vulnerable areas, by acquiring LiDAR digital elevation datasets.
  • Conduct flood mapping surveys to determine the regulatory flood line of a river system.
  • Upgrade information management systems to enable the sharing of flood-related data among partners to inform flood forecasting and emergency response.
  • Develop dynamic stormwater models or flood hazard profiles to assess urban flooding.
  • Implement small-scale stormwater mitigation measures, such as culvert replacements or downspout disconnections.
  • Establish flood forecast warning systems and link with emergency management centres to monitor at-risk areas.

Contact Us

Municipal Programs and Analytics Branch
Ministry of Municipal Affairs
16th floor
777 Bay Street
Toronto ON M5G 2E5