Paris Flood Mitigation Class Environmental Assessment

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Construction of the existing Paris flood protection was completed in 1979.

The County of Brant initiated the Paris Flood Risk Mitigation Master Plan to address maintenance and upgrades to the existing flood protection in Paris, Ontario. A condition assessment, completed in April 2019, found that the existing flood protection measures need significant maintenance because they do not meet stability or preliminary flood protection criteria. Ecosystem Recovery Inc. was retained by the County to provide consulting services and assist with the plan.

The plan evaluated a set of alternatives including:

  • do nothing
  • undertake maintenance and repair activities
  • increase level of protection

Construction of the existing Paris flood protection was completed in 1979.

The County of Brant initiated the Paris Flood Risk Mitigation Master Plan to address maintenance and upgrades to the existing flood protection in Paris, Ontario. A condition assessment, completed in April 2019, found that the existing flood protection measures need significant maintenance because they do not meet stability or preliminary flood protection criteria. Ecosystem Recovery Inc. was retained by the County to provide consulting services and assist with the plan.

The plan evaluated a set of alternatives including:

  • do nothing
  • undertake maintenance and repair activities
  • increase level of protection to the 100-year flood event level or
  • increase level of protection to the regulatory event (ex. major hurricane)


The Outcome
It was determined that the preferred solution is to increase the level of protection to the 100-year flood event level and the solution consists of eight (8) individual projects. A strategy has been developed to inform future funding options.

To learn more about the flood prone areas, visit the Flood Area Map. As well, to learn how to prepare for a flood, visit www.brant.ca/EmergencyPlanning.


The Process
The process included public and Indigenous communities’ consultation. Due to the significant public interest and impact of the works in downtown Paris between the William Street bridge and the Grand River Street bridge, it was recommended that this portion of the project undergo further assessment to include additional technical investigations and public and Indigenous communities’ consultation. Public consultation is important for the success of this project.

A virtual public meeting was held on June 21, 2021 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. A recorded presentation was also posted so interested community members can view the information and submit questions ahead of the virtual meeting.

The Plan was also available for review between April 27, 2022 to July 4, 2022. The Plan is available on the right side menu under "Documents - Paris Flood Risk Mitigation Master Plan" and at the Burford and Paris Customer Service Offices.

All information for this project will be posted on this project page.

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Comments and information regarding this Municipal Class Environmental Assessment are being collected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (1990). With the exception of personal information, all comments will be included as public input in the Project File Report which will be placed on the public record.

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Page last updated: 01 Dec 2022, 03:27 PM