Mitigation Funding

The Manitoba government, Manitoba watershed districts, the federal government, and the private industry provide funding for mitigation measures that reduce disaster losses. Several different grants and funding opportunities are available to individuals and Manitoba municipalities and are listed below.

Manitoba EMO will continue to build on this list of resources. Please contact us at EMOMitigation@gov.mb.ca if you are aware of a grant or funding opportunity not listed below. If you have any questions about disaster mitigation funding programs, please contact us.

Provincial Mitigation Programs

The MPP is an optional program to assist municipalities to mitigate future disasters by building local resiliency against extreme weather events and investing in disaster mitigation and preparedness. Under this program, once Manitoba establishes a Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program that is eligible for cost-sharing with Canada, municipalities can opt-in to receive 100% of eligible DFA costs back from Manitoba in exchange for investing an amount equivalent to the municipal cost-share amount into an approved disaster mitigation and preparedness project.

More information is available at: Mitigation and Preparedness Program


Watershed District Programs

Watershed District Programs - (for Individuals)

Manitoba’s Watershed Districts Program is a land and water conservation partnership between the province and local municipalities to protect, restore and manage land and water resources on a watershed basis. There are 14 watershed districts with boundaries based on watersheds. To determine which watershed district you are located in, and the available funding offered by each district, please refer to this map. Typical projects that Watershed Districts consider include:

  • Small Dam Construction
  • Back-flood Gates
  • Streambank Stabilization
  • Gully Stabilization

Federal Mitigation Programs

Under the Canada Greener Homes Grant, funding is available to carry out resiliency measures that address specific vulnerabilities to climate change. Up to $875 is available for waterproofing the below-grade wall sections of basements and up to $600 is available for moisture proofing crawlspace floor, walls and headers.

More information is available at: https://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy-efficiency/homes/canada-greener-homes-grant/23441

The Canada Community-Building Fund (formerly Federal Gas Tax Fund) provides $713M of funding over 10 years for mitigation infrastructure that reduces or eliminates long-term impacts and risks associated with natural disasters. Funding is distributed through Manitoba Municipal Relations.

More information is available at: https://www.gov.mb.ca/mr/fedgastax/index.html

Federation of Canadian Municipalities offers funding, training and capacity-building activities to increase skills within municipalities and local governments to sustainably maintain their asset management programs now and in the future. Eligible project activities include the development of risk assessments or asset risk management plans.

More information is available at: https://fcm.ca/en/funding/mamp/asset-management-grants-municipalities

The Green and Inclusive Community Buildings program is a five-year $1.5 billion program will support green and accessible retrofits, repairs or upgrades of existing public community buildings and the construction of new publicly-accessible community buildings that serve high-needs, under-served communities across Canada. The GICB program supports the first pillar of the Strengthened Climate Plan by making it easier for Canadians to improve the places in which they live and gather, including by cutting pollution (e.g. reducing GHG emissions, increasing energy efficiency, building resiliency to climate change and encouraging new builds to net zero standards), making life more affordable and supporting thousands of good jobs.

More information is available at: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/gicb-bcvi/index-eng.html#3

The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) supports large-scale infrastructure projects (such as the Lake Manitoba and Lake St. Martin Channels Project) to help communities better manage the risks of disasters triggered by natural hazards and climate change impacts. Through bilateral agreements with the federal government, $9.2 billion for green infrastructure projects is being delivered by provinces and territories. A portion of this funding can be used for investments in adaptation, resilience and disaster mitigation to support community resilience to climate change impacts.

More information is available at: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/dmaf-faac/index-eng.html

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program provides long-term, stable funding delivered by Infrastructure Canada to help communities reduce air and water pollution, provide clean water, increase resilience to climate change and create a clean-growth economy, build strong, dynamic and inclusive communities, and ensure Canadian families have access to modern, reliable services that improve their quality of life. Under the program, over $33-billion in funding is being delivered through bilateral agreements between Infrastructure Canada and each of the provinces and territories.

More information is available at:

The Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s COVID-19 Resilience stream is a new temporary funding source that has been created to provide provinces and territories with added flexibility to fund quick-start, short-term projects that might not otherwise be eligible under the existing funding streams. An accelerated approvals process will enable provinces and territories to submit multiple projects at a time, with a single simplified application that streamlines program requirements and reduces upfront administrative burdens, to ensure that communities can start work on their projects as soon as possible.

More information is available at: https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/covid-19-resilience-eng.html

Natural Infrastructure Fund - (for Municipalities)

The Government of Canada has announced a new program to support families and communities to ensure community infrastructure is safe and reliable, while protecting people from the effects of climate change, creating economic opportunities, and improving quality of life. The new program will support projects that use natural or hybrid approaches to protect the natural environment, support healthy and resilient communities, contribute to economic growth, and improve access to nature for Canadians.

More information is available at: https://www.canada.ca/en/office-infrastructure/news/2021/06/government-of-canada-announces-new-natural-infrastructure-fund.html


Other Mitigation Programs

Municipal Climate Resiliency Grant - (for Municipalities)

Intact Insurance is offering up to $100,000 to help municipalities adapt to climate change and keep people safe. The program focuses on projects that increase community resiliency to flood and wildfire risks. 

The Municipal Climate Resiliency Grants application period is currently closed but will be announced later this year.

More information is available at: https://www.intactpublicentities.ca/the-intact-foundation

Some private insurance companies offer incentives to carry out mitigation activities, such as the instillation of sump pumps and backwater valves, under some comprehensive or all perils insurance coverage. Please review your home insurance policy to see if you are eligible or inquire with other providers.

Resources for Applying

Manitoba EMO keeps detailed records on past Disaster Financial Assistance programs, including records of each municipal damage site. Municipalities applying for mitigation funding may reach out to Manitoba EMO for historic municipal Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) information to support your applications.

The Disaster Financial Assistance Program may be reached at 204-945-3050, toll free at 1-888-267-8298 or dfa@gov.mb.ca.