This program does not seek to address one issue, but rather to build societal and operational resilience at all levels, so as to provide a broad-spectrum resilience to a wide number of potential hazards. The City of Montreal itself has experienced major ice storms, flooding, and heat waves in the past several decades, and remains at risk from all three. In broad strokes, the plan emphasizes the need for a stringent cost-benefit approach to mitigation measures, further investment in business and operational continuity, and reducing the vulnerability of the population by various means.
Successfully applying to an initiative funded by the Rockefeller Foundation, Montreal became the first Canadian city to embrace the ‘100 Resilient Cities’ program, increasing its resilience to all manner of hazards, particularly extreme weather. The City of Montreal has been impacted by several major weather events in the last few decades, from the 1998 Ice Storm, to flooding in 2017, to a major heatwave in 2018. Montreal’s Resilient City Strategy, an outcome of its participation in the 100 Resilient Cities program, aims to address all of these hazards and more by improving governance, environmental protection, the economy, and social bonds.