Building Resilience into Canadian Housing

Resilience is toughness, or the ability to function and bounce back after a traumatic event. In this Mitacs research project, the focus is on housing, and resilience results from features that protect Canadian lives and property from natural disasters. One of the ways that governments ensure the safety of Canadians is through The Canada Model Building Code. The insurance industry is also committed to protecting lives and property by contributing advice about resilience in Building Code Review Committees. However, simple resilience measures advocated by the insurance industry are not being adopted in the Code. The current research aims to understand why, and to shed light on the housing industry and its involvement in code revision.

Faculty Supervisor:

Ruth McKay


Gary Martin


Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction


Environmental sciences


Environmental industry




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