Flood Protection

Resources to Help REALTORS® and Your Clients Navigate Extreme Climate

Annual widespread wildfires and flooding have unfortunately become a regular occurrence in BC. In 2021, the province recorded more than 1,600 wildfires that burned more than 869 hectares. Sixty per cent of the wildfires occurred naturally. Meanwhile, extreme weather and mass flooding devastated communities and hundreds of homes across the province.   There is no

Most BC Communities Lack Resources to Create, Maintain Floodplain Maps: Report

Vancouver, BC – November 24, 2021. BC’s REALTORS® have been mobilizing to help communities hit hardest by the recent flooding and historic rainfalls, from fundraising to support the Red Cross to partnering with helicopter companies to fill more than 16 helicopters with emergency supplies for Abbotsford and Merritt. The British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA)

New BCREA Research Finds Funding is Key to Adequate Floodplain Mapping in BC

Since 2015, only 38.5 per cent of BC communities and First Nations have created or updated floodplain maps, according to new research published by the British Columbia Real Estate Association (BCREA) in the 2021 BC Floodplain Maps Inventory Report (for complete functionality, please download the PDF after clicking on the link). The report, which identifies

Federal Budget Recap: Foreign Buyers Tax Concerning, Other Measures Welcomed

On April 19, Canada’s Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland introduced the Liberal government’s first budget since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. The budget provides significant funds to many programs, including several to assist homeowners and renters, increasing the federal deficit by an estimated $382 billion, but also includes measures which are concerning to BCREA.

Finding Floodplain Maps

While COVID-19 may pose the greatest risk right now, floods also do significant damage regularly in BC and across the country. Economic, social and environmental impacts can take many years to reverse and BCREA believes smart planning to avoid, or at least minimize, flooding is a better approach. Floodplain maps can support local government decision

Get Flood Ready

So far this year, BC’s River Forecast Centre has issued ten flood or streamflow advisories and watches. As spring draws closer, snowmelt and heavy rain may result in seasonal flooding in areas of the province. Anyone concerned about flood risks to their property should consider how to minimize potential damage. A few years ago, BCREA

How to Fund Flood Mapping

Flooding poses significant risks to communities, and the effects can be widespread and last for years. Floodplain maps illustrate where floodwaters are expected to go, which makes them the most logical first step in flood management. To be effective, these maps also need to be updated regularly. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a coordinated program in

Floodplain Maps Action Plan

When floods strike, individuals and communities are subject to significant economic and social costs. Many British Columbians are unaware of the flood risk they face, due to out-of-date floodplain maps. BC has the opportunity to take steps to minimize damage from future floods—this is the purpose of the British Columbia Real Estate Association’s (BCREA) initiative

Flood Protection

Flooding poses catastrophic risks to BC’s economic vitality, safety, environment, property owners and communities. BCREA’s flood protection work focuses on floodplain maps, a strong role for the provincial government and education for REALTORS® and their clients. BCREA Recommends the Provincial Government: Take the lead, working with local and federal governments, to ensure floodplain maps are