More than 3,000 homes in Quebec were flooded and another 2,300 cut off by floods in the Spring of 2019. Frustration rose high at the meeting held at the Holiday Inn, in Pointe-Claire on July 4th, regarding the interim flood zone map for the Greater Montreal Area, proposed by the Communauté métropolitaine de Montréal (CMM).

Pointe-Claire was one of 23 meetings held across Quebec simultaneously last night. The mandate was to consult with the public for a new updated flood map to be implemented mid-July.

“My house has never had a problem,” worried Myriam, a Beaconsfield resident.”My neighbours either. “We are also not permitted to repair the wall that has been in place since 1990.”

Residents are anxiously awaiting an updated map. Representatives explained that the 0-20 zone will likely be affected over the next 20 years by a flood. The objective of the map is to include all the 0-20 zone and the properties that were affected in the 2017 and 2019 floods only.

“I feel they should be dealing with each home or area on a case by case basis,” Myriam continued. “They have us all in the same basket and it is not right.”

The purpose of the meeting was to consult with West Island population on parametres of the flood zone.

The current map is identified with red zones that demonstrate the most at risk zones. Contention arose from owners of homes that did not get flooded that are included in the red zone, while some that were flooded were out of the red zone. Properties that are within the red zone will be challenged with regards to home insurance resulting in a change in real estate value.

The interim control bylaw aims to categorize the flood zones by using data collected from the 2017 and 2019 floods. Some areas were much better prepared in 2019 as safety and preventive measures were taken. Residents are feeling that the government is focusing more on the map than finding solutions and permanent fixes for the flood zones.


This Regulation establishes the annual flood risk reference framework for the floodplains of the subject territory, as well as the framework applicable to the floodplains to contribute to the health, safety and public well-being, as well as ‘the sustainability of investments.

For further information from the CMM visit the CMM 

For information about Spring Flooding 2019 visit MAMH

To view the flood map visit CMM

According to the Government of Canada, flooding is Canada’s costliest and most frequent natural disaster, and it can have devastating impacts on people’s homes, businesses and daily lives. In May, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, announced the Government of Canada will provide a $2.5 million grant to the Canadian Red Cross to support flood recovery efforts across Canada.

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  1. This article unfortunately has a few errors. The map in question is a map connected to a Zone d’intervention spéciale (ZIS) decree made by Quebec’s Affaires municipales et Habitations (Municipal Affairs and Housing) Ministry. The minister for this is Andrée Laforest, the MNA representing Chicoutimi.

    This map is completely separate from other maps prepared by the CMM etc.

    Last night the Ministry held public consultation meetings across the province (all started at 7 p.m.) to get feedback from citizens, municipalities and groups concerning the ZIS. Their map, released in June, has 813 municipalities listed in the red zone. At the meeting in Vaudreuil-Dorion last night, which was for everyone living in the Montérégie, there were people from as far away as the Eastern Townships because the Montérégie includes municipalities on Montreal’s South Shore, off island in Vaudreuil-Soulanges and other MRCs that include the Eastern Townships.

    My understanding is the Holiday Inn meeting was for all of Montreal, so that would include people from Athuntsic and anymore else that administratively is Montreal from the Quebec government’s perspective.

    At last night’s meeting at the Château Vaudreuil we were told that citizens need to inform the government of any problems with the map so that they can have it corrected in the next 7, 8 or 10 days. When it’s corrected, addresses that aren’t part of the map will not be subject to a moratorium on rebuilding and new construction. At the moment anyone falling into the map’s red zone is subject to a moratorium (gel) on construction when the decree is finalized. We were told citizens have until August 15 to let the government know of any problems they have with being listed on the map when they have never been flooded etc.

    Only addresses that fall into the 0-20 year zone or that were flooded in 2017 or 2019 are supposed to be on the map. Here is what the ministry says: “À noter que les propriétaires dont les bâtiments ne sont pas situés dans les zones inondables cartographiées 0-20 ans et qui n’ont pas été inondés en 2017 ni en 2019 ne seront pas assujettis par la ZIS.”

    Details on reaching the ministry are available on the Ministry’s website.

    Info about the ZIS and how to reach the ministry’s department for your area:

  2. Pseudo-Pequiste CAQ Quebec government rules major parts of West Island are in a flood zone. Reduces property values. People will want to move out before they lose tremendous value in their homes. Who lives there? Anglophones. Get it?


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