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Managing climate change risk in coastal Canadian communities through sustainable insurance

Source(s):  Centre for International Governance Innovation, the (CIGI)

The objective of this policy brief is to assess the viability of private flood insurance in Canadian coastal communities and to identify measures necessary to expand the role of insurance as a source of disaster management in the era of climate change. The findings from this brief can be used to inform policy supporting insurability in other vulnerable communities.

Insurance can take some of the financial responsibility of disaster recovery away from governments. The use of risk-adjusted premiums also provides incentives for communities and individuals to adopt risk-averse behaviour.

However, the viability and sustainability of insurance in coastal areas are put into question due to increasing exposures resulting from climate change impacts and the current fragmented policy approach to disaster management. Bridging mechanisms that improve coordination across governments and insurers, in addition to a stronger role for the federal government in managing climate change risk, are necessary to improve the viability of insurance in coastal regions. 


CIGI Policy Brief No. 93. Shared under a Creative Commons Attribution — Non-commercial — No Derivatives License (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0).



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  • Managing climate change risk in coastal Canadian communities through sustainable insurance
  • Publication date 2016
  • Author(s) Jason Thistlethwaite; Andrea Minano
  • Number of pages 11 p.

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