What is this engagement about?
The Province of British Columbia gathered feedback through an Intentions Paper on a proposed Flood Strategy that will manage flood safety risks in B.C.
The purpose of this work is to:
• Re-engage First Nations, Indigenous organizations, and local governments on the Intentions Paper, and identify policy direction for actions related to implementation planning
• Engage new audiences – the public, industry, business, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, and academia – on the Intentions Paper.
How to participate
Read the What We Heard Reports from the B.C. Flood Strategy engagement
From October to December 2022, the Province met with First Nations and local governments together, through seven in-person and four virtual engagement sessions to seek feedback on the B.C. Flood Strategy Intentions Paper. Representation was inclusive of B.C.’s nine major watersheds and Indigenous language families.
Between October 2022 and January 27, 2023, a public survey was conducted and written submissions were accepted to gather feedback on the B.C. Flood Strategy Intentions Paper. The survey summary identifies the priority program areas of the Intentions Paper.
In November 2022, the Province engaged with industry, non-governmental associations, academia, professional associations, and the public through two virtual workshops to inform and receive feedback on the B.C. Flood Strategy Intentions Paper.
Feedback gathered will inform comprehensive provincial BC Flood Strategy will help to reduce flood risks while enhancing our resilience to more frequent extreme flood events in the future.
The vision of the Intentions paper states “Together, we are leaders in innovative, holistic flood risk management, enhancing B.C.’s flood resilience for the 21st century.” The core themes of the new Strategy include understanding flood risk, strengthening flood risk governance, enhancing flood preparedness, response, and recovery, and investing in flood resilience.