Building More Resilient Communities

Through the Intact Adaptation Action Grants, Intact is helping communities adapt to the effects of climate change and protect people from floods, wildfires and extreme heat. Our charitable partners are exploring real, concrete solutions to make our communities, our people and our economy more resilient.

Introducing Our 2020 Partners

In 2020, we are committing more than $1.3 million to five partners across Canada who are protecting people from the effects of climate change and building more resilient communities.

Coastal Action

Coastal Action

Nova Scotia

Flood Protection and Shoreline Stabilization Project: Using natural infrastructure elements – including a living shoreline, artificial headlands, tidal wetland and a raised dyke – to protect people and businesses in Mahone Bay, N.S., from flooding and coastal erosion.

Credit Valley Conservation

Credit Valley Conservation

Ontario

Piloting a Smart Blue Roof to Adapt and Respond to Extreme Events: Piloting a smart blue roof to reduce flooding and urban heat islands by capturing rainwater until it evaporates, drains to harvesting tanks, or gradually flows into the stormwater system.

Evergreen

Evergreen

National

Climate-Ready Schools: Creating new school ground design guidelines that integrate natural infrastructure to prevent flooding and protect against heat waves and high winds. The guidelines are being developed in consultation with 14 school board partners in Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

Fondation
Keep

Fondation en environnement et en développement durable (led by CRE-Capitale Nationale)

Quebec

Quebec City: Creating a Green Sponge City: Developing and implementing a natural rainwater management and urban greening strategy in priority areas in Quebec City to protect people from flooding and extreme heat. Both ecological and social benefits will be measured to scale initiatives to other areas and municipalities.

Gathering Voices Society

Gathering Voices Society

British Columbia

Building Adaptive Community Fire Programs: Piloting and testing a proactive fire management program with two First Nations communities in British Columbia. It involves surveying and monitoring forests, as well as prescribed burning and mechanical thinning to reduce wildfires.

Full List of Partners

National
ALUS Canada

ALUS Canada

Project name: Implementing natural infrastructure projects in communities upstream of urban centres

Description: ALUS Canada implements natural-infrastructure projects on marginal or inefficient-to-farm agricultural lands, to reduce the risk of floods in Calgary, Ottawa and Brandon, MB

Outcomes to date:

  • 217 acres of land restored as natural-infrastructure projects.
  • 8 farmers and ranchers newly enrolled in ALUS program.
  • 3 new ALUS community programs surrounding the city of Calgary
Evergreen

Evergreen

Project name: Climate-ready schools

Description: Creating new school ground design guidelines that integrate natural infrastructure to prevent flooding and protect against heat waves and high winds. The guidelines are being developed in consultation with 14 school board partners in Ontario, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

Projected outcomes:

  • Develop a cost-benefit analysis and behaviour mapping to guide creation of design choices for optimum impact
  • Engage nine different school communities by 2021
  • Create guidelines for school ground design that prioritize 85% rain infiltration to combat flooding and prioritize foliage and tree canopy to buffer high winds and reduce extreme heat
FireSmart Canada

FireSmart Canada

Project name: FireSmart Home Partners

Description: Addressing the need for a standardized system that offers defendable, detailed and customized wildfire risk assessments and tracks measurable risk reduction for homes

Results to date:

  • Creation of an online FireSmart Home Partners Program training course for firefighters, allowing 500 firefighters to be trained in one year instead of 100.
  • Work is underway to expand the program from Alberta to British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
  • Creation of an initial assessment tool that summer students at fire stations in Wood Buffalo and Fort McMurray used to complete 350 initial assessments.
Green Learning Canada Foundation

Green Learning Canada Foundation

Project name: Wild weather – engaging youth in education and action on extreme weather preparedness

Description: Flood education directly engages youth in preparing their schools and homes for a flood event

Results to date:

  • 400 youth participated in a beta version of the flood education program
  • 80 teachers (about 2,000 students) have registered for the 2019-2020 flood education program
Nature Conservancy of Canada

Nature Conservancy of Canada

Project name: Protecting and restoring wetlands

Description: Protecting and restoring wetlands in Ontario and Quebec to help reduce the impact of severe storms

Results to date:

  • 4 new wetlands created (5 acres total)
  • 60 acres of native habitat restored to reduce floods and non-point pollution
British Columbia
Gathering Voices Society

Gathering Voices Society

Project name: Building adaptive community fire programs

Description: Piloting and testing a proactive fire management program with two First Nations communities in British Columbia. It involves surveying and monitoring forests, as well as prescribed burning and mechanical thinning to reduce wildfires.

Projected outcomes:

  • Train a minimum of 10 community fire managers who will test and validate a proactive fire management program
  • Establish a working group on fire-carbon finance that includes scientists, industry, government and First Nations
University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia

Project name: Megafires – urgent need for climate change adaptation to build community resilience, prevention and recovery

Description: Developing post-fire recovery strategies to prevent future forest fires and increase climate resilience in 21 communities in Canada

Results to date:

  • Analysis of more than 300 fire scarred trees and collection of 1,000 cores from trees
  • The team is building statistical models to show forest composition and structure prior to European settlement and the relationship between the time of the last fire, forest density and growth rates of trees in the study forests
Alberta
Green Calgary

Green Calgary

Project name: Flood prevention through rainwater harvesting

Description: Helping Calgarians to act to protect their homes through rainwater harvesting

Results to date:

  • 2,000 Calgary homeowners bought rain barrels for their gardens to reduce flood risk, potentially conserving 6.8 million litres of water per year
  • Over the lifetime of a barrel (9 years), it can result in 61 million litres of water captured
Coastal Action

The Miistakis Institute of the Rockies Inc.

Project name: Smart from the start

Description: Creating a least-conflict lands planning tool to guide placement of large scale solar and wind projects.

Results to date:

  • Digital maps that can be used by provincial and municipal planners to help municipalities site renewable energy development to areas of least ecological, social and economic conflict
  • Actively working with other rural municipalities in Alberta to implement the least conflict lands process to aid in placement of renewable energy development and to inform municipal planning strategies.
University of Alberta

University of Alberta

Project name: Using artificial intelligence (AI) to predict extreme fire weather

Description: Developing a computer program that recognizes large scale atmospheric patterns associated with extreme fire weather using AI

Results to date:

  • Identified Convolutional Neural Networks (CNN), a deep learning approach commonly used for image analysis, as the AI/machine learning model to predict extreme fire weather.
  • Preliminary data collection and CNN modelling
Ontario
Credit Valley Conservation

Credit Valley Conservation

Project name: Piloting a smart blue roof to adapt and respond to extreme events

Description: Piloting a smart blue roof to reduce flooding and urban heat islands by capturing rainwater until it evaporates, drains to harvesting tanks, or gradually flows into the stormwater system.

Projected outcomes:

  • Reduced community flooding by reducing the amount of stormwater in the sewer system and increasing the service life of downstream storm sewer infrastructure
  • Reduced maintenance costs and energy consumption leading to cost savings for private landowners, the municipality and the region
Ducks Unlimited

Ducks Unlimited

Project name: Brick Ponds Wetland Restoration and Enhancement

Description: Increasing the amount of shallow water wetland cells to provide wildlife habitat, increase aquatic plant diversity and to aid in flood water management and water quality improvement.

Results to date:

  • Increased community resiliency in Woodstock, Ont., by attenuating stormwater through a series of new shallow wetlands and channels, increased sequestration of carbon and the management and eradication of invasive species
  • Reduced potential for residential basement flooding due to increased water-retention capacity and improved water management in the watershed
QUEBEC
Conseil régional de l’environnement

Conseil régional de l’environnement et du développement durable de l’Outaouais

Project name: Reducing heat islands of downtown Gatineau

Description: Reduce the impact of urban heat islands by implementing a strategy that includes greening and community involvement

Projected outcomes:

  • Reduce the quantity of heat islands in the region of downtown Gatineau
  • Implement and scale a greening strategy for the city of Gatineau
Fondation en environnement

Fondation en environnement et en développement durable (led by CRE-Capitale Nationale)

Project name: Quebec City: Creating a Green Sponge City

Description: Developing and implementing a natural rainwater management and urban greening strategy in priority areas in Quebec City to protect people from flooding and extreme heat.

Projected outcomes:

  • Develop and implement a rainwater management and urban greening strategy in 4-5 priority areas.
  • Reduce flooding and heat island effects in the pilot areas, as well as increasing the communities’ quality of life.
  • Influence property managers to invest in green infrastructure based on a cost-benefit analysis of pilot projects.
Nature-Action Québec

Nature-Action Québec

Project name: Restoring shorelines to reduce flood risk in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu

Description: Shoreline restoration of the Hazen Bleury and the Barbotte rivers targeted for their vulnerability to flood and their low vegetation

Results to date:

  • Delivered a report to prioritize action sites and map priority intervention areas
Nature Québec

Nature Québec

Project name: Healthy Living Space

Description: Help municipalities reduce the number of heat islands and air pollution through heat island mapping, public awareness and green areas preservation and restoration

Results to date:

  • Collaborated with the City of Sherbrooke to develop a multi-functional greenspace in the Saint-Élie neighbourhood
  • Collaborated with the City of Victoriaville to convert a parking lot into a green parking lot
  • In the City of Trois-Rivières, projects include greening the outdoor space of a community centre and depaving a school yard
Sentier Urbain

Sentier Urbain

Project name: The Garden Circuit

Description: Restore green areas by creating urban gardens, improving water management, increasing the levels of oxygen and reducing CO2 emissions in the sector

Results to date:

  • Three new gardens were created in the Montreal area
  • 54 new trees and 786 plants were planted
  • More than 270 workshops were delivered to raise awareness on the importance of greening initiatives to reduce urban heat islands
WWF-Canada

WWF-Canada

Project name: Bleu Montreal

Description: Restoring water to the urban landscape, improving water management and strengthening Montreal’s resilience by uncovering underground rivers and creating new ones.

Results to date

  • Successfully completed a feasibility study of three pilot projects in three Montreal boroughs
Nova Scotia
Coastal Action

Coastal Action

Project name: Flood Protection and Shoreline Stabilization Project

Description: Using natural infrastructure elements – including a living shoreline, artificial headlands, tidal wetland and a raised dyke – to protect people and businesses in Mahone Bay, N.S., from flooding and coastal erosion.

Projected outcomes:

  • A living shoreline will reduce the volume of stormwater runoff entering the harbour and protect residents from flooding caused by sea level rise, storm surges and rain.
  • Measure the impact of the living shoreline and create a cost-benefit analysis to scale the solutions to other communities.
Coastal Action

Coastal Action

Project name: Green Streets stormwater project

Description: Working directly with municipal and community partners in southwest Nova Scotia to locate, design and install low impact development (LID) projects with the aim of improving stormwater management

Results to date:

  • Planted about 1,000 native plants
  • Diverted more than 1,000 m3 of stormwater runoff annually and removed more than 500 kg of contaminants
  • Engaged more than 600 people in stormwater management workshops, presentations and community planting days
New Brunswick
Community Forests International

Community Forests International

Project name: Forest Infrastructure Adaptation Project

Description: A natural infrastructure adaptation approach to flood-risk reduction in New Brunswick

Results to date:

  • Saved 350 acres of endangered forest in one of New Brunswick’s most flood-prone regions
  • Completed hydrological analysis of 1,125 acres of forest in the Washademoak watershed – one of New Brunswick’s most flood-prone regions. The analysis will be the basis for a business case for the flood attenuation effects of forests.
  • Planting 250,000 trees in fall 2020.

Our Impact

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