HAMILTON, ON, Nov. 21, 2013 /CNW/ - Today the City of Hamilton and
Canada's property and casualty insurance industry join forces to target
infrastructure improvements in Canada's municipalities.
Together with Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC), the City of Hamilton is
launching a pilot project to use MRAT (for municipal risk assessment
tool) to evaluate the city's sewer and stormwater infrastructure. This
made-in-Canada technology is designed to help communities become more
resilient to extreme weather.
Because of Canada's changing weather, communities now cope with more
rain and snow, which can overwhelm vulnerable infrastructure never
designed for today's needs. This can cause sewers to back up and
basements to flood.
MRAT combines information - about infrastructure, climate and insurance
claims - to produce maps that give city engineers a new and revealing
picture of infrastructure vulnerabilities in 2013, in 2020 and in 2050.
MRAT will help municipalities identify vulnerabilities in their sewer
and stormwater infrastructure and prioritize improvements to prevent
sewer backups and keep basements dry. Click http://youtu.be/V9Z6kdMnTbs to see how MRAT works.
This view into the future will help cities identify vulnerabilities,
prioritize repairs and leverage federal infrastructure dollars. The
goal is fewer flooded basements.
"The City of Hamilton is proud and excited to be at the forefront of the
MRAT project," said Hamilton City Manager Chris Murray. "MRAT is,
without question, an innovative enterprise, not only of technology, but
also of collaboration between local government and the insurance
sector. Hamilton's involvement represents a continuation of our
commitment to sustainable infrastructure and providing the best
possible living conditions for our citizens."
The Canadian property and casualty insurance industry has also faced
rapidly rising claims costs to repair flooded basements. Insured losses
from natural disasters in 2013 - including the recent Alberta and
Toronto floods - are about $3 billion, the highest in Canadian history.
"Hamilton and its leaders are to be congratulated for participating in
the MRAT pilot," said Ralph Palumbo, IBC Vice-President, Ontario.
"Piloting MRAT is a decision by Hamilton's civic leaders that says:
let's use the best technology and let's take advantage of this
innovative Canadian tool."
The MRAT pilot will roll out in Coquitlam, BC, Hamilton, ON, and
Fredericton, NB, today, followed by several more communities across the
country in 2014.
About the City of Hamilton
With a population of nearly 520,000, Hamilton is located at the western
end of Lake Ontario in the Golden Horseshoe region. The City of
Hamilton's long-term vision is to make Hamilton the best place to raise
a child, promote innovation, engage citizens and provide diverse
About Insurance Bureau of Canada
Insurance Bureau of Canada is the national industry association
representing Canada's private home, car and business insurers. Its
member companies represent 90% of the property and casualty (P&C)
insurance market in Canada. The P&C insurance industry employs over
118,600 Canadians, pays more than $7 billion in taxes to the federal,
provincial and municipal governments, and has a total premium base of
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SOURCE: Insurance Bureau of Canada
For further information:
or to schedule an interview, contact:
Public Affairs Coordinator
Public Works Department
City of Hamilton
905-546-2424 ext. 1430
Insurance Bureau of Canada
Media Relations Officer
Insurance Bureau of Canada
416-362-2031 ext. 4312