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March 20, 2014 15:00 ET

Harper Government Provides Province of Alberta an Advance Payment of $500 Million in Disaster Financial Assistance

Federal Government to Cover Up to 90% of Costs Related to Flood Relief

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 20, 2014) - Public Safety Canada

The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development, on behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced an advance payment of $500 million in federal funding under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) for costs incurred by the Province of Alberta for the severe flooding events that took place in June 2013.

Under the DFAA, the federal government pays for up to 90% of the eligible costs of major natural disasters. Last November, Minister Kenney announced the federal government has thus far budgeted $2.8 billion for costs associated with the Southern Alberta floods.

From June 19 to 25, 2013, severe floods affected the Province of Alberta in areas south of Red Deer, and caused extensive damage to provincial and municipal infrastructure, as well as homes, small businesses and farms.

Quick Facts

  • Since its inception in 1970, the DFAA has provided more than $3.2 billion in disaster financial assistance to the provinces and territories, including $765 million to the Province of Alberta.
  • Through the DFAA, the Government of Canada supports the provinces and territories by cost sharing their eligible disaster and recovery expenses which exceed what they might reasonably be expected to bear on their own.
  • Following a large natural disaster, repair and reconstruction can take a significant time to complete and document. After the approval of federal financial assistance under the DFAA, provinces and territories may request an advance, interim, or final payment which requires the submission of the expenditure documentation for federal audit. Once a review of the federal audit is completed, payment is issued.
  • Because natural disasters can affect Canadians at any time, Economic Action Plan 2014 proposes to provide $200 million in funding over five years to better protect Canadians and their homes through a National Disaster Mitigation Program. Together with the provinces, territories, and municipalities, our government will build safer and more resilient communities.

Quotes

"The people of Calgary and Southern Alberta showed tremendous strength, courage and resolve in the face of last summer's devastating floods, and these funds will support Alberta's efforts to recover. The Government of Canada will continue to take swift action to help the province meet the needs of those affected. Albertans are resilient and we will continue to rebuild."

  • The Honourable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister for Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Calgary Southeast

"All Canadians were moved by the scale of the floods in southern Alberta and saddened by the tragic loss of life. Today, we are taking the next step in helping the people of Alberta rebuild. Much work has been done, but still much more remains. This advance payment will help Alberta to rebuild communities, businesses and infrastructure. We stand ready to assist the province, and we will continue to work with our provincial counterparts to finalize payments under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements Program."

  • The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Associated Links

- Information on how to prepare for emergencies, including severe flooding (Get Prepared)

- Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) Program

- Economic Action Plan 2014

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Contact Information

  • Alexandra Fortier
    Office of the Minister of Employment and Social Development
    and Minister for Multiculturalism
    819-994-2482

    Jason Tamming
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Minister of Public Safety
    and Emergency Preparedness
    613-991-2924

    Media Relations
    Public Safety Canada
    613-991-0657