Hazus Canada

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has been adapting the US Hazus loss estimation tool for natural hazards, for use in Canada. The Canadian versions of the Hazus earthquake and flood modules, Hazus Canada v2.1, are now available for download.

In August 2011, the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and Defense Research and Development Canada (DRDC) signed an agreement to share FEMA’s Hazus loss-estimation methodology. The objective is to collaborate and adapt the standards-based risk assessment methodology as part of the national all-hazard risk assessment frameworks for Canada and the United States.

NRCan's Quantifying Geohazard Risk (QGR) Project team is working to fill the knowledge gap in natural hazard risk assessment in Canada by:

  • developing standardized tools, protocols and guidelines for risk assessment;
  • promoting their acceptance and widespread use among the full range of Canadian decision makers;
  • contributing towards building disaster resilient culture and long-term mitigation capability.

The QGR team's approach is to:

  1. Adapt and co-develop standardized loss estimation tools, like Hazus
  2. Promote the use of risk assessment tools in Canada
  3. Apply the tools to demonstrate their capacities through validated regional demonstration studies

What is Hazus?

Hazus is a quantitative risk assessment and decision-support tool for natural hazard risk mitigation and emergency management.

Hazus is a GIS-based tool that models physical damage and economic and social losses from natural hazards such as earthquakes, floods and hurricanes. The earthquake and flood modules are available in the Canadian version. Hazus for Canada has been validated for a number of scenarios through two case studies: North Vancouver (urban community), and the Quebec City-Ottawa region (infrastructure corridor).

The Hazus for Canada application and basic national dataset are free of charge and publically available from NRCan. To request a copy of Hazus for Canada, receive application updates, obtain a copy of user manuals, and for further information, please fill out the Hazus Canada Application Request Form.

Hazus for Canada includes a Comprehensive Database Management System (CDMS) for uploading asset inventory data, compiled in different formats, into the Hazus application. The included national dataset, containing residential asset inventory, business and commercial data, and demographic data from the Statistics Canada 2006 Census and Dun & Bradstreet. We recommend augmenting these datasets with local data, where available.

Hazus Canada Support

A number of resources for Hazus training are available online. Free introductory webinars are available for earthquakes and floods. A monthly teleconference is available to those interested in learning more about Hazus for Canada and sharing user experiences through the interdisciplinary Canadian Hazus Users Group (CanHUG). The teleconference calls also offer an opportunity to discuss quantitative risk assessment needs with potential clients, such as representatives of municipal and provincial governments.

For more information on the user group teleconferences, Contact Us or Register online as CanHUG Member to receive monthly meeting notices.