TORONTO, Nov. 28, 2017 /CNW/ - Today, Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) welcomed the climate change provisions in the Government of Ontario's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan (LTIP). The Plan was presented by the Honourable Bob Chiarelli, Minister of Infrastructure.
"Climate change is already having a real and lasting impact on communities across the province," said Kim Donaldson, Vice President, Ontario, IBC. "Severe weather events, like floods, wildfires and storms are happening with more frequency and with greater intensity. They damage homes, businesses and wreak havoc on critical infrastructure. Canada's property and casualty insurers congratulate the Government of Ontario for including climate change mitigation, adaptation and life-cycle assessments as part of the province's Long-Term Infrastructure Plan."
The LTIP seeks to improve the planning processes associated with major capital infrastructure projects in Ontario. In addition to mitigation and adaptation, the LTIP will integrate life-cycle assessments as part of the planning, procurement, development and decision-making phases of infrastructure projects. The government highlighted the need for a provincial climate change risk assessment to help build a better understanding of the vulnerabilities facing communities, infrastructure and the economy. Canada's property and casualty insurers have long called on governments to introduce mechanisms for better land-use planning and more resilient infrastructure investments to help mitigate the devastating effect that climate change can have on communities across the country.
"IBC has been advocating for a 'whole of society' approach to address the realities of our changing climate," added Donaldson. "The LTIP climate provisions are a great example of how governments can take a lead role in helping to make our communities safer, stronger and more resilient. IBC supports these provisions and remains committed to continuing to work with governments, stakeholders, and industry partners to face the challenges posed by climate change."
For more information on how to protect property against floods and other severe weather events, please visit IBC's website.
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