Statement from the Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry on the Special Flood Advisor Report
TORONTO — Today, John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry issued the following statement in response to the Special Advisor's Report on flooding:
"Our number one priority is the safety of the public and the protection of our communities. We understand the impacts flooding has on our communities and the lives of the people of Ontario, and acted quickly by seeking the expertise of Special Flood Advisor Doug McNeil in July. In addition to reviewing Ontario's current flood mitigation strategies, he conducted community tours to learn firsthand the effects of flooding as part of his independent review.
Mr. McNeil has delivered his report. We will carefully consider his recommendations and will release the report in the coming weeks.
Flooding is a serious problem that is becoming increasingly common as Ontario experiences more frequent extreme weather events. In addition to the Special Advisor's community tour, the province held Flooding Engagement Sessions earlier this year in Muskoka, Pembroke, and Ottawa to hear from municipalities and industry leaders on how to better prepare for and respond to floods.
On behalf of the Ontario government, I thank Mr. McNeil for his work on this important issue."