Intact supporting climate research at U-W

Intact Financial Corporation is donating over $4-million so the University of Waterloo can establish a centre which focus on research and building awareness for innovative adaptation solutions to climate change risks.

The Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation will be based in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. “…will be an incubator for new adaptation measures to climate change.”

Initiatives include implementation of a green infrastructure program aimed at reducing the impact of severe precipitation in Canadian communities. Researchers will also identify the extreme weather vulnerabilities of various industrial sectors
in the country and recommend appropriate adaptation strategies.

“…We must step up our efforts towards building strong, prosperous, resilient and sustainable communities,” said Charles Brindamour, Chief Executive Officer of Intact Financial Corporation. “Our partnership with Waterloo’s Faculty of Environment will foster innovative solutions that will reduce the physical, financial and social impacts of extreme weather.”

The centre will also launch its national Home Adaptation Audit Program. It will assess the vulnerability of homes to flood damage.

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