Minister Yurek Attends Event to Support Pilot Project Protecting Homes from Extreme
Toronto, August 19, 2019 - On August 9, Jeff Yurek, Minister of the Environment,
Conservation and Parks, visited the Harvest Run Community in St. Thomas to support
a pilot project to increase the resilience of 100 new homes to high wind and tornado
The pilot project, run by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction and Doug
Tarry Homes Ltd., includes the installation of risk-reduction measures, such as
enhanced roof sheathing fasteners, to help protect individual homes and neighbouring
buildings from flying debris.
"I'm pleased to see that innovative businesses like Doug Tarry Homes are using the
latest research and partnering with world-renowned disaster risk facilities like
Ontario's Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction to help increase community resilience
to the effects of climate change such as high winds, tornadoes and flooding," said
Minister Yurek. "Through our Made-in-Ontario Environment Plan, our government is
committed to providing families, businesses and the public sector with the tools
they need to better prepare for such extreme weather events."
To improve our understanding of how climate change will impact the province, the
government committed to launching Ontario's first-ever provincial, multi-sector
climate change impact assessment.
Understanding the existing impacts of climate change and identifying potential future
impacts will help the province, municipalities, Indigenous communities and other
local decision-makers make more informed, timely choices to keep communities and
people healthy and safe, ensure we maintain a strong economy and save money in the
- High winds contributed in part to most natural catastrophes recorded by the Insurance
Bureau of Canada between 1983 and 2016.
- In May 2018, windstorms in southern Ontario and Quebec caused $380 million in insured
property losses in Ontario, according to Catastrophe Indices and Quantification
- As part of a $1 million
Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance pilot project, which launched June 27,
2019, the province will provide municipalities that qualify for funding with up
to 15 per cent above the estimated cost of rebuilding damaged public infrastructure
to make it more resilient to extreme weather.
- We are committed to helping Ontarians understand the impacts of climate change and
to updating government policies and building partnerships to improve local climate