Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

May 03, 2007 18:30 ET

Canada's New Government Takes Action to Reduce Severe Flood Risk in British Columbia

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(CCNMatthews - May 3, 2007) - Prime Minister Stephen Harper today joined the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, in announcing that Canada's New Government will provide up to $16.5 million to British Columbia to support flood mitigation work in the province.

"Our government is taking action to protect the safety, property and livelihood of British Columbians," said Minister Strahl. "The risk of severe flooding calls for immediate action. This investment will help reduce the impact of potentially extreme spring flooding in British Columbia."

Prime Minister Harper and Minister Strahl toured the area by helicopter to view first hand the risk of severe spring flooding in British Columbia. It is unusually high this year because of an extremely heavy winter snow pack and a rapid spring thaw. As a result, the Province is working on a series of structural mitigation projects to protect communities in the Fraser River Valley and other flood-prone areas.

Canada's New Government, at the request of the Province of British Columbia, is providing support for these projects. The investments in flood mitigation will reduce current and future threats to public safety and property damage.

Minister Strahl also announced a $4 million investment from Western Economic Diversification Canada towards dredging in the Fraser River Port. The project is part of a $1 billion investment from Canada's New Government toward the Asia-Pacific Gateway and Corridor Initiative.

The Fraser Port Authority's River Channel Maintenance Program is designed to keep commercial shipping moving through the lower Fraser River ports by removing silt that accumulates in the Channel. Regular dredging sustains safe operational water depths for deep-sea vessels and helps to mitigate flood risks in the region.

Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    Minister Strahl's Office
    Ted Yeomans
    Press Secretary