REGINA, Nov. 15, 2017 /CNW/ - Large scale disasters, such as floods, are increasing in frequency and severity across Canada. Creating a sustainable approach to flood risk management is a shared responsibility across the whole-of-society.
On November 16, 2017, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, will host a National Roundtable on Flood Risk in Regina, Saskatchewan. This roundtable will be attended by all levels of government, Indigenous leaders, private sector, non-government organizations and academia. The goal is to launch a formalized national dialogue on flood risk, and discuss what steps can be taken to address this challenge.
At the Roundtable, participants will focus on identifying measures to ensure that Canadian home owners understand their risk of exposure to flooding, and what they need to do to reduce that risk. Roundtable participants will also discuss the requirements for developing a sustainable financial management system for flood risk.
"I'm pleased that we will have participants at the Flood Risk Roundtable from across the country – and across the entire spectrum of the flood risk community. That includes representatives from Indigenous groups, the insurance industry, academic institutions, think tanks, and all levels of government. All of us have a stake in strengthening our communities' resiliency to flooding. The Roundtable is an opportunity to take a whole-of-society approach to making our communities and our country safer and more resilient."
- The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness
Members of the media are invited to join Minister Goodale; the Honourable Larry Doke, Saskatchewan Minister of Government Relations and Minister responsible for First Nations, Métis and Northern Affairs; Heather Bear, Vice-Chief, Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations; and Don Forgeron, President of the Insurance Bureau of Canada, as they deliver opening remarks. The remainder of the roundtable will be closed to the media.
Minister Goodale's opening remarks will be live-streamed via Facebook Live on Public Safety's Emergency Ready in Canada Facebook page.
Thursday, November 16, 2017
8:45 a.m. CST (updated)
Capital A Ballroom
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Regina
1975 Broad Street
Media representatives who wish to attend the event must arrive at least 30 minutes in advance to sign-in and present photo ID and credentials. Photo ID must be visible at all times.
SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
For further information: Scott Bardsley, Office of Canada's Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 613-998-5681; Media Relations: Public Safety Canada, 613-991-0657, [email protected]