This program is not in response to any one specific hazard, but rather an attempt to improve the overall resilience to a broad spectrum of hazards, as well as reduce carbon emissions and improve long-term financial viability in the region. The City of Victoriaville has had a history of progressive and insightful approaches to sustainability, for example the Sustainable Waste and Drinking Water Plans, and was motivated to create other projects in a similar vein. Rather than looking to one report or plan for guidance, the foundation of this work is based largely on the collected knowledge of professionals in a wide range of sectors.
The City of Victoriaville, Quebec, long a leader in a sustainable development, undertook a forward-looking program of incentivizing home construction and renovation to both reduce carbon emissions increase resilience to a multitude of climate hazards. This program is optional and based on providing financial incentives in a point-based system. Each resilience measure is worth a certain number of points (for example, hurricane ties are 15 points) and financial compensation is provided based on tiers which are achieved at a certain level of points. There also exists a bonus system for adhering to different types of environmental standards, such as LEED.