Floods are the most frequent natural hazard in Canada. And they can happen at any time of the year, not just in summer. Floods can also happen to anyone. Even if you've never experienced flooding before, it does not mean you won't in the future.
Don't wait until a flooding emergency happens to you… take the time now to understand your risk and prepare for a flood emergency.
According to the study, Canadian Voices on Changing Flood Risk, published in April 2017, 94% of people living in flood risk zones didn't know they were at risk.
On this page, we will help you:
- Understand how to find out what your flood risk is
- Explain our role in flood protection
- Provide you with resources to help protect yourself from flood
Understanding your flood risk
Approximately 40% of the Lake Simcoe watershed is regulated by LSRCA. Regulated areas contain unique environmental significance or feature natural hazards for the watershed.
Regulated areas include flood prone areas but are much more than flood zones. They could also be land that is subject to erosion, or adjacent to streams or rivers, or wetlands, among a number of other reasons. Building and development in these areas is regulated by LSRCA to make sure the activity does not cause environmental damage to the watershed and keeps people and property safe.
Our online maps are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can use the maps to look up your property to see if it lies within a “regulated area".
Access the regulation maps here.
Remember, being in a regulated area doesn't necessarily mean you're in a flood zone. It could be regulated for a number of reasons and only qualified staff at LSRCA can understand our maps in enough detail to know the reason for the regulation.