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July 11, 2007 12:24 ET

Canada's New Government Provides Over $27 million to Manitoba for Flood Recovery

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 11, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced the Government of Canada is providing a payment of $20 million to the Province of Manitoba, under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA), for the flooding in 2005. This is further to a payment of more than $7 million made last April for a separate flood which occurred in 2001.

"The safety of Canadians is a priority for Canada's New Government. We are taking action and providing these funds to support the province of Manitoba with recovery efforts from the 2005 floods," said Minister Day. "In addition, Canada's new Emergency Management Act will allow for greater federal and provincial collaboration to ensure better preparedness, response and recovery to events such as floods and forest fires."

Through the DFAA, the Government of Canada provides eligible support for eligible provincial and territorial expenditures to help them with disaster response and recovery expenses which exceed what they might reasonably be expected to bear on their own.

"The contribution of the federal government is of great benefit to our province," said Steve Ashton, minister responsible for Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization. "On behalf of Manitobans, I want to acknowledge how much we appreciate the continued support of the federal government through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements program."

The province of Manitoba has experienced severe flooding in recent years which has resulted in damage to both private property and public infrastructure. The $20 million DFAA interim payment is for 2005 flooding which affected approximately 100 communities, including Brandon, Deloraine, and Arborg. Additional DFAA payments for the 2005 flood will be made at the request of the province as further eligible provincial expenditures are identified. The payment of $7,045,162 made last April is a final DFAA payment for a flood in 2001.

To help reduce the impact of and respond more effectively to disasters, Canada's New Government was proud to announce on June 22, 2007 that its new legislation, the Emergency Management Act, received Royal Assent. The new Act strengthens the federal government's readiness to respond to all types of emergencies, and better harmonizes the federal response with that of other jurisdictions in preparedness, response and recovery to events such as forest fires and floods.

For more information, please visit the website www.PublicSafety.gc.ca

Contact Information

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