‘DRR-Pathways’ project contributes to building disaster resilience in BC and in Canada by enhancing understanding of systemic risk, evidence-based disaster risk management (DRM), and delivering socio-economic value of investing in mitigation and adaptation measures in advance of major earthquake and flood events.

The goal is to increase our collective understanding of the recovery process following a disaster event to inform the evaluation of planning and policy alternatives that are currently under consideration at various levels of government in BC. These include catastrophic earthquake and flood management plans under development by Emergency Management British Columbia (EMBC) and the Fraser Basin Council (FBC); and disaster resilience strategies under development by the Integrated Partnership for Regional Emergency Planning (IPREM), the City of Vancouver and North Shore Emergency Management. The project includes components focusing on engagement, risk communication, data management platform, and capacity building which will enable connecting practitioners and academia, sharing data and outputs of the project across Canada.

‘DRR-Pathways’ project started in January 2019 and is schedule to end in June 2021. It is led by the Geological Survey of Canada-Natural Resources Canada and funded by the Canadian Safety & Security Program (CSSP) which is co-chaired by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) and Public Safety Canada.

Key Objectives


Increasing capabilities to model systemic risk, recovery, and resilience

Enabling evidence-based disaster risk reduction


Strengthening governance of disaster risk information and risk management



  • Emergency Management BC (EMBC)

  • City of Vancouver (CoV)

  • DRDC’s Center for Security Science

  • North Shore Emergency Management (NSEM)

  • Fraser Basin Council (FBC)

  • University of British Columbia (UBC)

  • School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) and Civil Engineering Department

  • University of Victoria (UVIC)

  • Global Earthquake Model (GEM)

  • Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI)

  • Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR)