The importance of the Cité ID Living Lab, led by Professor Marie-Christine Therrien at ENAP, was highlighted during the March 1, 2018 announcement of the Ministry’s action plan on flooding.
The government’s plan is based on an evaluation conducted following the historic flooding episodes of spring 2017 in the Province of Quebec. It incorporates results of consultations with many actors involved in the crisis and response. Practice improvement is one of the three major components of the plan.
Measure 23 of the plan is the “creation of an incubator to promote the emergence of new approaches”. This incubator is the Cité-ID LivingLab Urban Resilience Governance, with its unprecedented approach to bringing together city managers, private organisations, citizens and academic researchers in collaborative endeavours. It was selected in the plan to promote the development of innovative urban practices.
For the Director General of ENAP, Guy Laforest, Cité-ID fits perfectly with the institution’s mission to contribute to the development of an engaged public service and a responsible citizenry.
With this announcement, the Ministère de la Sécurité publique therefore becomes a partner in the Cité-ID Living Lab, alongside the Chief Science Advisor of Quebec and the ENAP. The Minister’s objective, he says, is to “share different experiences in terms of risk management and crisis response, to stimulate networking among the main actors and to enhance the flow of information on flooding issues”.
Read the release from the ministère de la Sécurité publique emitted on March 1st, 2018 (In French).