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Public Safety Canada

July 08, 2008 07:15 ET

Canada Helps Newfoundland and Labrador to Cover Final Flooding Costs

ST. JOHN'S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR--(Marketwire - July 8, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada provided an interim payment to Newfoundland and Labrador through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). The payment was for flooding which occurred in 2006.

"I am pleased that this advance payment of $600,000 was made to Newfoundland and Labrador for disaster response and recovery expenses," said Minister Day. "Our government is dedicated to working collaboratively with the provinces and territories when natural disasters strike, and to provide the best assistance possible to Canadians when they need it."

"The DFAA program is an example of effective federal and provincial partnerships that help support communities in times of distress," said the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Minister responsible for Newfoundland and Labrador. "I'd also like to acknowledge the efforts of all those affected by the challenges posed by the storm and resulting floods in the Baie Verte area in 2006."

A severe rainstorm in 2006 caused extensive flooding along Newfoundland and Labrador's Baie Verte Peninsula. The flooding affected public works including roads, and private property in several communities.

Last January, Minister Day announced revised DFAA guidelines which expand the eligibility criteria and help streamline the payment process. The revised DFAA guidelines represent a significant step forward in strengthening emergency management in Canada. They expand the range of eligible expenses for federal assistance to part-time farmers, small business owners and non-profit volunteer groups, and support improvements to damaged infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, to help prevent similar damage in the future.

The revised guidelines came into effect on January 1, 2008, and apply to natural disasters on or after that date. The previous guidelines still apply to events which occurred prior to that date.

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 financial assistance.

For more information, 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