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October 04, 2010 09:51 ET

Government of Canada Further Assists Nova Scotia With 2003 Storm Damages

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 4, 2010) - The Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety, today announced further support for expenditures incurred by the Province of Nova Scotia, for the damages caused by Hurricane Juan in 2003.

"Our government is pleased to announce a further payment of $4 million towards response and recovery costs incurred by the Province of Nova Scotia during Hurricane Juan under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) program. This payment brings the total federal contribution to $8 million. This is further evidence of our government's determination to assist the provinces with disaster relief efforts when Canadians are in need."

On September 29, 2003, Hurricane Juan swept across Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island resulting in the loss of eight lives and in extensive damage to public infrastructure and private property. Described as a Category 2 hurricane, storm winds were recorded as reaching up to 174 kilometers an hour.

"I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Nova Scotians to prepare for Hurricane Juan, and more recently Hurricane Earl, and commend them for tackling the challenges such storms pose," said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister responsible for Nova Scotia. "Nova Scotians can be assured that the federal government will continue to work with our provincial counterparts on responses and recovery efforts from large natural disasters."

This enhanced financial assistance process reflects the Government's commitment to strengthen emergency management in Canada and to protect the safety and security of Canadians.

Since its inception in 1970, the DFAA program has provided more than $1.9 billion in disaster financial assistance to the provinces and territories.

For more information on the federal DFAA program and its guidelines, please visit Public Safety Canada's website

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