October 13, 2005 16:17 ET

CIDA: Canada Announces Details of Earthquake Relief

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 13, 2005) - The Honourable Aileen Carroll, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced the allocation of $6 million for support of humanitarian assistance and relief efforts in the areas affected by the earthquake in South Asia. Of this amount, an initial $1 million will go to Canadian non-governmental organizations for the first earthquake relief projects under the South Asia Earthquake Matching Fund and $5 million will respond to the appeal launched by the United Nations. These amounts are within the $20 million the Government of Canada earmarked on October 10, 2005, in response to the earthquake.

"This earthquake response ensures the best use of public funds as well as the most positive impact in the earthquake-stricken region by supporting qualified Canadian non-governmental organizations," said Minister Carroll. "Canada is committed to providing assistance throughout this crisis, in both the relief stage and throughout the recovery and reconstruction period to provide the basic necessities to the families and communities affected by this tragic earthquake."

The funding announced today will be provided by the Canadian International Development Agency and the funds will be allocated as follows:

South Asia Earthquake Matching Fund:

- $500,000 to World Vision to provide tents, blankets and basic
household items to ensure minimum shelter needs are met and
affected families are protected against imminent winter in the
affected district of Manshera, and;

- $500,000 to CARE Canada to clean, acquire, protect and maintain
safe water systems, provide basic clothing, shelter and
blankets, as well as household items such as cooking kits for up
to 10,000 families for approximately six months.

Appeal launched by the UN:

- $2 million to UNICEF for health/nutrition, water and sanitation,
child protection, education, coordination and support services;

- $1.75 million to the World Health Organization;

- $1 million to the International Organization for Migration for
shelter, medical evacuations, transportation/logistics support;

- $250,000 to Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Canada was one of the first donors to respond to this crisis, pledging $300,000 for immediate assistance and needs assessment. Since that time, the Government of Canada has earmarked $20 million for humanitarian as well as rehabilitation assistance. This includes $5 million set aside for matching funds, two helicopters for use in relief efforts, and waiving of immigration processing fees for family reunification.

Under the South Asia Earthquake Matching Fund, the Government of Canada will match-dollar-for-dollar-all donations by individual Canadians to registered charitable organizations for relief, rehabilitation, and reconstruction in the region. The matched funds will be placed in a pool, and Canadian development organizations can submit proposals for relief and reconstruction to this pool.

Funding for this initiative was provided for in the February 2005 Federal Budget and is therefore built into the existing fiscal framework.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
    Andrew Graham
    Director of communications
    (819) 953-6238
    Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
    Media Relations Office
    (819) 953-6534 (electronic version of document)