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New federal investments to provide support for new tools and knowledge to address natural disasters and public health emergencies throughout Canada

July 17, 2015

WINNIPEG, MANITOBA — James Bezan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and the Member of Parliament for Selkirk—Interlake, and Lawrence Toet, the Member of Parliament for Elmwood—Transcona, on behalf of Associate Minister of National Defence, Julian Fantino, today announced four innovative new projects to improve Canada’s ability to respond to natural disasters, such as flooding, and address public health emergencies. The projects were announced as part of a $12 million investment funded through the Canadian Safety and Security Program (CSSP).

Two projects will aim to mitigate the impact of natural disasters. The first project will leverage the Government of Canada’s significant and on-going investment in the space Earth Observation sector to develop a real-time web-accessible flood prediction and monitoring prototype system for Canada. The second project will study measures that could strengthen the resilience of Canada’s water sector.

Two other projects will tackle the issue of public health emergencies. The first project will seek to develop comprehensive models to enhance our understanding of antimicrobial resistance, which threatens the effective prevention and treatment of an ever-increasing range of infections caused by bacteria, viruses and more. The second project will expand the Canadian Network for Public Health Intelligence platform to enable its use on mobile technologies and develop new tools to foster improved communication on issues related to human, animal and environmental health.

Quick Facts

  • The CSSP’s third Call for Proposals will see approximately $12 million invested in innovative projects across Canada. Since 2013, the CSSP has invested approximately $47 million to fund innovative projects to enhance the public safety and security of Canadians.

  • The CSSP is led by Defence Research and Development Canada (an agency of the Department of National Defence), in partnership with Public Safety Canada.

  • The CSSP’s mission is to strengthen Canada’s ability to anticipate, mitigate, prepare, respond, and recover from terrorist acts, crime, natural disasters, and serious accidents.

  • CSSP projects bring together experts from the fields of science, technology, public safety and security in non-government organizations, industry, government, and academia — nationally and internationally — to develop and improve knowledge and tools to better safeguard Canada.

Quotes

“The projects announced today will help ensure greater safety for Canadians in the face of natural disasters and public health emergencies. As a Manitoban, I am all too familiar with the devastating impact of natural disasters such as flooding on communities and families. The development of an innovative real-time web-accessible flood prediction and monitoring prototype system is a positive step forward, as it will assist many communities in Manitoba and beyond better prepare for such a natural disaster.”

James Bezan, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of National Defence and the Member of Parliament for Selkirk—Interlake

“Improving communication and knowledge of developing public health emergences is vital to safeguarding the well-being of Canadians. The innovative projects being supported by the Canadian Safety and Security Program, including one right here in Winnipeg, will do just that.”

Lawrence Toet, Member of Parliament for Elmwood—Transcona

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