A dozen local disaster mitigation and preparedness projects have been approved under the province’s MPP program.
“Our government is committed to supporting not only the post-disaster recovery needs of municipalities, but also their ability to prepare for future events,” said Transport and Infrastructure Minister Doyle Piwniuk. “This innovative initiative, implemented through the Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization, provides an important opportunity for municipalities to build local resilience in the face of natural disasters, extreme weather events and the impacts of climate change. .
First introduced in 2020, the MPP opens when a Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program is established for a natural disaster and the cost of the DFA program is sufficient to be eligible for federal disaster relief agreements. cost sharing.
The majority of municipalities with a claim under the DFA Spring Flood 2022 program have also applied for MPP project funding, which allows municipalities to invest municipal DFA franchises in an approved mitigation or preparedness project. Up to a maximum of $2.6 million in AFD municipal franchises will now be used by municipalities to undertake these 89 local projects.
The MPP offers municipalities the opportunity to use the deductibles for a project of their choice that builds local resilience to natural disasters, including the purchase of equipment or the use of funds for a capital project. Municipalities also have the option of placing funds in reserve until a project is selected.
Projects in our region include:
- Rural Municipality of Portage la Prairie: up to a maximum of $58,306.92 for a reserve fund;
- Rural Municipality of Woodlands: up to a maximum of $32,141.61 for a drainage improvement feasibility study for the Town of Warren;
- Rural Municipality of West Interlake: up to a maximum of $18,860.02 for a reserve fund;
- Rural Municipality of Grey: up to a maximum of $21,306.41 for a reserve fund;
- Town of Teulon: up to a maximum of $10,124.14 for emergency operations center equipment, safety equipment, tractor pumps and hoses, and training;
- Rural Municipality of Dufferin: up to a maximum of $21,526.50 for rock culverts;
- Rural Municipality of Grahamdale: up to a maximum of $10,818.27 for 3.5 miles of road surveying for the development of an initial flood mitigation strategy;
- Rural Municipality of Saint-François Xavier: up to a maximum of $12,265.79 for the improvement of culverts/drains in high risk areas;
- Municipality of Norfolk Treherne: up to a maximum of $14,983.05 for the Alberni Flood Prevention Project;
- Municipality of Glenboro-South Cypress: up to a maximum of $9,506.20 for an alarm system for the lift station and the lagoon;
- Rural Municipality of Coldwell: up to a maximum of $11,114.55 for drainage system improvements;
- Rural Municipality of Gimli: up to a maximum of $55,606.59 for larger pumps;
- Municipality of North Norfolk: up to a maximum of $33,140.48 for a reserve fund;
- Municipality of Rockwood: up to a maximum of $71,444.60 for the purchase of pumps, road improvements and the completion of the Route 88N water landing project;
- Municipality of Bifrost-Riverton: up to a maximum of $28,103.80 for pumps and a pump trailer;
- Municipality of Glenella-Lansdowne: up to a maximum of $9,590.85 for a reserve fund;
- Rural Municipality of Cartier: up to a maximum of $28,306.96 for a generator reserve fund;
- Rural Municipality of Saint-Laurent: up to a maximum of $13,053.03 for a reserve fund;
- Town of Arborg: up to a maximum of $10,826.74 for the purchase of flood tubes.
“The mitigation and preparedness program that the provincial government has put forward certainly allows municipalities to help build the resilience of their infrastructure and protect themselves against possible future disasters,” explains the president of the Association of Manitoba Municipalities, Kam Blight. “We certainly commend the Province of Manitoba for reinvesting these funds into approved projects in municipalities.”
He notes that the WMA also commends the municipalities for taking the initiative to build this resilience and again protect themselves from potential disasters in the future, or at least reduce the impact of those extreme events to which they could be confronted.
“This is a new program that was just announced in 2020,” adds Blight. “Whenever a disaster financial assistance program is announced, municipalities have the option of reinvesting their deductible into a certain reserve fund to be used on projects like this, to help protect themselves. and prepare for the next event.”
Blight says this is a significant investment from the Province of Manitoba that is reinvesting in municipalities and notes that the AMM certainly appreciates this initiative and the fact that municipalities have benefited from it.