National Disaster Mitigation Program Funding

In 2015, the Federal government established the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP), a five year, $200 million cost shared program to reduce the risks and impacts of flooding on Canadians. This program is administered on behalf of the province by the Disaster Mitigation Branch of Emergency Management BC.

The NDMP provides funding for:

  • Stream 1 - Risk assessments
  • Stream 2 - Flood mapping
  • Stream 3 - Mitigation planning
  • Stream 4a - Small scale structural works ( less than $3 Million in federal/provincial funding)
  • Stream 4b - Non-structural mitigation works

Proposal Review Process

Provinces and territories are required to apply to the federal government for NDMP funding on behalf of the eligible entities, and projects are prioritized in a merit-based approach. 

To confirm eligibility and prioritize proposals from B.C., the Province will conduct a technical assessment of the proposals. This assessment will be based on information submitted in the project application, and include consideration of the following criteria:

  • The proposal addresses or quantifies a specific flood risk to the public in areas that have experienced historic flooding or damage;
  • The proposed project contributes to protecting people and property from flooding and related hazards;
  • The proponent has demonstrated initiative towards flood preparedness and mitigation;
  • The proposal demonstrates good value for public money, including leveraging in-kind or cash contributions to the project from the applicant, community partners, or other funding sources;
  • The proposed project considers and mitigates the impacts of climate change to help ensure a more resilient community. 
  • The proposed project contributes to a comprehensive, cooperative and regional approach to flood mitigation;
  • The proposal meets the mandatory program criteria as per the federal NDMP guidelines;
  • The proposal sufficiently responds to and addresses the criteria of the B.C. Project Proposal Form; and
  • As EMBC is dedicated to providing equitable emergency management support for all people in B.C., consideration will be given to the geographic distribution of funding across the province.

After reviewing each proposal, the B.C. Government will recommend eligible proposals to Public Safety Canada (PSC) for consideration. Those proposals that effectively demonstrate how they are able to meet the above criteria will be prioritized within available B.C. program funding. Proponents will be kept informed through each step of the review process and notified if their proposal was shortlisted by EMBC and submitted to PSC for NDMP funding consideration. PSC will assess the proposals using a competitive, merit-based process across all provinces and territories. 

For successful proposals, the B.C. Government will work with the proponents to administer the project in accordance with the NDMP’s terms and conditions.

*If you have other mitigation projects that might not meet the NDMP requirements, please contact us to discuss potential options.

Contact Us

BC Disaster Mitigation Branch
Emergency Management BC
Block A, Suite 200, 2261 Keating Cross Road
Saanichton, BC V8M 2A5
778-677-2565
embcdisastermitigation@gov.bc.ca