CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY - CIDA

August 22, 2010 10:14 ET

Government of Canada Announces Matching Fund for Pakistan Flood Relief

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 22, 2010) - The Honourable John Baird, Leader of the Government in the House of Commons, on behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that the Government of Canada has established a Pakistan Floods Relief Fund.

"Canadians have shown that they are always ready to help those in need," said Minister Baird. "In order to support their generosity, our Government will match their contributions dollar for dollar."

For every eligible donation by individual Canadians to Canadian registered charities, Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund. The equivalent contribution will support continuing humanitarian assistance, early recovery, and reconstruction in Pakistan through projects undertaken by the many organizations and non-governmental organizations responding to the floods in Pakistan.

The Government of Canada will use the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund to provide assistance through Canadian and international humanitarian and development organizations, according to established channels and procedures. The Pakistan Floods Relief Fund is separate from the funds raised by charities and will be administered separately by the Government of Canada.

"The Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund for every eligible donation by individual Canadians to Canadian registered charities between August 2 and September 12," said Minister Oda. "This fund will provide effective and accountable financial support to experienced Canadian and international humanitarian and development partner organizations working on humanitarian assistance, early recovery, and reconstruction efforts in the affected areas."

The flooding situation in Pakistan continues to worsen. The devastation left by the floods is now compounded by health risks, food shortages, the destruction of infrastructure, and the displacement of people.

On Saturday, August 14, the Government of Canada pledged an increase to up to $33 million in its response to floods in Pakistan. The Pakistan Floods Relief Fund announced today represents additional funds. With this commitment, the Government of Canada is encouraging Canadians to continue to do their part.

Detailed information on the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund is available on CIDA's website.

BACKGROUNDER

DETAILS ON PAKISTAN FLOODS RELIEF FUND

Heavy monsoon rains in Pakistan, which began on July 21, 2010, have caused the worst flooding in at least 80 years, killing more than 1,500 individuals and leaving millions of others in need of emergency assistance. In response to this humanitarian crisis, and to enable an even greater response on behalf of Canadians, the Government of Canada has created the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund. For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities for assistance to the Pakistan relief efforts, Canada will contribute one dollar to the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund. Then CIDA will allocate these funds to experienced Canadian and international humanitarian and development organizations for humanitarian assistance, early recovery, and reconstruction efforts that benefit the people in Pakistan most affected by the floods.

Donating and fundraising criteria

For every eligible donation by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities responding to the Pakistan floods, the Government of Canada will contribute an equivalent amount to the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund. The Government of Canada contribution will support continuing humanitarian assistance, early recovery, and reconstruction efforts in Pakistan through projects undertaken by the many organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) responding to the floods in Pakistan.

The Government of Canada will use the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund to provide assistance through Canadian and international humanitarian and development organizations, as per established channels and procedures. 

Please note that the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund is separate from the funds raised by charities and will be administered separately by the Government of Canada. This means that an organization declaring donations raised will not receive equivalent funds from the Government. 

The Government of Canada has not placed a dollar limit on the amount of funds it would provide through the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund.

To be counted for this purpose, the donation must comply with all of the conditions below. It must be:

  • Monetary, up to $100,000
  • Made by an individual Canadian
  • Made to a registered Canadian charity that is receiving donations in response to the July–August flooding in Pakistan
  • Specifically earmarked by such organizations for the purpose of responding to the floods
  • Made between August 2 and September 12, 2010

Some registered Canadian charities will be collecting funds for the disaster response and some will not. If you want your donation to be matched by a corresponding contribution from the Government of Canada to the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund, you should ensure that:

  • Your donation complies with the conditions set out above
  • The charity in question intends to use the funds for floods relief efforts in Pakistan
  • It will declare to CIDA the amount of eligible funds it has raised

Both tax-receipted and non tax-receipted donations are eligible to be counted toward the size of the Fund. A donation can be made in cash or by cheque, money order, credit card, or wire transfer. Please note that original donations made by cheque must be issued from a personal bank account (that of the Canadian individual) and not a corporate bank account.

More information on the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund is available on CIDA's website.

Eligible donations

Eligible donations will:

  • Include amounts from a fundraising event undertaken to raise money from individuals in response to the July–August floods in Pakistan. This fundraising may be undertaken by schools, faith-based organizations, clubs, social groups, businesses, incorporated entities, or charitable organizations
  • Exclude any donations by corporations, governments, businesses, partnerships, schools, incorporated or non-incorporated entities, and unions from their existing resources that were not raised from individuals specifically in response to the July–August floods in Pakistan
  • Not be double-counted (that is, donations collected by a registered Canadian charity and given to another such organization should be declared only once to CIDA)
  • Exclude donations that were made by corporations, governments, incorporated entities, charitable organizations, unions, or government bodies (provincial, territorial, or municipal) to augment an amount raised in a fundraising activity or event

Additional information for registered Canadian charities

Declaration form

To ensure that donations collected by registered Canadian charities in response to the floods will be taken into account in determining the size of the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund, the charities concerned are required to complete and send in the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund Declaration Form to CIDA, attesting to the amount of eligible donations received. This form will be available on CIDA's website shortly.

This form must be received by CIDA on or before September 27, 2010, in order to be taken into account in determining the size of the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund.

Guidelines for submitting proposals to the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund

The Pakistan Floods Relief Fund will fund experienced Canadian and international humanitarian and development organizations with significant in-country capacity to deliver humanitarian, early recovery, and reconstruction assistance in Pakistan. 

NGOs interested in applying for funding should first ensure that they meet the minimum institutional eligibility requirements. For information on eligibility requirements and on how to apply for humanitarian assistance funding, please see the CIDA Guidelines for Emergency Humanitarian Assistance Project Proposals and Reports on CIDA's website. For projects related to early recovery and reconstruction, CIDA will be assessing needs, priorities, and programming modalities in coming weeks, and will be providing further guidance to prospective NGOs interested in applying for funding on its website.

Registered Canadian charities fundraising for the Pakistan floods response will not have privileged access to the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund. Allocation decisions will be based on CIDA's humanitarian and development assistance guidelines and the ability of Canadian and international humanitarian and development organizations to access the affected populations and deliver timely, effective, and appropriate humanitarian assistance, early recovery, and reconstruction activities.

For further information on the Pakistan Floods Relief Fund, please contact CIDA's Public Inquiries Unit:

Toll free: 1-800-230-6349

(Toll free for the hearing and speech impaired only: 1-800-331-5018)

Email: info@acdi-cida.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Michael Bailey
    Director of Parliamentary Affairs
    Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    819-953-6238
    or
    Jessica Fletcher
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    819-953-6238
    or
    Media Relations Office
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    819-953-6534
    media@acdi-cida.gc.ca