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Public Safety Canada

November 02, 2007 12:47 ET

Minister Day Announces $25 Million to Alberta for Recovery Assistance

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - Nov. 2, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada is providing a payment of $25 million to the Province of Alberta, under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA), for flooding which occurred in 2005. This is the second DFAA payment for the flood, a first payment in the amount of $20 million was made in January 2007.

"The Government of Canada is taking action to support Alberta with additional funding to help the province with expenses from the flood of 2005. We will continue to work closely with all provinces and territories to assist Canadians when natural disasters strike," said Minister Day. "Furthermore, our government passed the Emergency Management Act to be better prepared for emergencies. This Act strengthens the federal government's readiness to respond to all kind of emergencies, including forest fires and floods."

"The disastrous floods of 2005 remain a significant event for the many Alberta families who were impacted during this time," said Ray Danyluk, Minister of Alberta Municipal Affairs and Housing. "Our Alberta Emergency Management Agency works with the federal government to help support those who suffer uninsurable loss and damage through these disastrous events, as well as helping Albertans get their lives back to normal as quickly as possible."

In June 2005, the province of Alberta experienced severe flooding in the southern and central regions, causing damage to private property and public infrastructure. Today's payment of $25 million is in addition to an earlier payment of $20 million to assist the province with response and recovery costs.

Additional DFAA payments for the 2005 flood will be made at the request of the province as further eligible provincial expenses are identified.

Through the DFAA, the Government of Canada provides support for eligible provincial and territorial expenses to help them with disaster response and recovery expenses which exceed what they might reasonably be expected to bear on their own. Since the inception of the DFAA in 1970, the Government of Canada has provided more than $1.8 billion to the provinces and territories in disaster response and recovery assistance.

For more information on the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) and the Emergency Management Act (EMA), please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    613-991-0657
    or
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    613-991-2863