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July 10, 2007 14:29 ET

Canada's New Government Supports British Columbia in Disaster Relief and Recovery Efforts

KELOWNA, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - July 10, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced the Government of Canada is providing a payment of $4 million to the Province of British Columbia, under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA), for forest fires which occurred in B.C. in 2003.

"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 B.C. with recovery efforts from the 2003 forest fires," 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."

"During emergencies all levels of government work together to protect the public," said British Columbia Minister of Public Safety John Les. "Just as importantly, we continue to work in partnership with the federal government after an emergency to provide funding that helps those impacted by the disaster with the challenge of putting their lives and their communities back in order."

This payment builds on previous federal payments provided to British Columbia to help cover the costs of the response and recovery efforts from the 2003 forest fires. The total federal contribution to British Columbia to date is close to $141.6 million under the DFAA. Additional DFAA payments for the 2003 forest fires will be made at the request of the province as further eligible provincial expenditures are identified.

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.

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.

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
    www.PublicSafety.gc.ca