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March 06, 2008 13:02 ET

Minister Day Announces Over $279,000 to Newfoundland and Labrador for Flood Recovery Assistance

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 6, 2008) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, today announced that the Government of Canada is providing a payment of $279,349 to Newfoundland and Labrador, under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA), for flooding which occurred in 2000. This is the final DFAA payment for this event. Two earlier payments had been made in 2001 and 2005.

"I am pleased to make this final payment to Newfoundland and Labrador for the flood of 2000," said Minister Day. "While we hope never to see such an event again, we know how important it is to be prepared for emergencies of any kind. We will continue to work with the provinces and territories to respond when natural disasters strike."

"Our government is providing this financial assistance to help Newfoundland and Labrador with disaster response and recovery expenses," said the Honourable Loyola Hearn, Minister of Fisheries and Oceans and Regional Minister for Newfoundland and Labrador. "We will continue to work in cooperation with the province to build stronger and safer communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador."

In 2000, Newfoundland and Labrador experienced severe flooding, causing extensive damage to private property and public infrastructure in several communities along the south coast of the province. Today's payment of $279,349 is in addition to an initial payment of $600,000 which was made in 2001 and a second payment of $1,676,004 in 2005. This brings the total Government of Canada contribution to $2,555,353 for this event.

Last January, Minister Day announced revised DFAA guidelines to help improve the payment process. The revised DFAA guidelines represent a significant step forward in strengthening emergency management in Canada. They expand the range of eligible expenses for federal assistance to part-time farmers, small business owners and non-profit volunteer groups, and they simplify the payment process following a natural disaster. They will also support improvements to damaged infrastructure, such as roads and bridges, to help prevent similar damage in the future.

The revised guidelines came into effect on January 1, 2008, and apply to natural disasters on or after that date. The previous guidelines still apply to events which occurred prior to that date, and on which Public Safety Canada is working with provinces and territories on final payments.

Since the inception of the DFAA in 1970, the Government of Canada has provided more than $1.8 billion to the provinces and territories in disaster financial assistance.

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