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March 06, 2008 13:14 ET

Minister Day Announces Over $3.5 Million to Manitoba 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 more than $3.5 million to the Province of Manitoba, under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA), for flooding which occurred in 2002.

"Our government will continue to work with provinces and territories to assist Canadians when natural disasters strike, like the flooding in Manitoba," said Minister Day. "Our commitment to ongoing collaboration can be seen in the revised DFAA guidelines which will mean an improved payment process for provinces and territories and expanded eligibility for federal assistance."

"We are pleased to receive the final payment for the widespread flooding event in 2002," said Manitoba Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Steve Ashton, minister responsible for emergency measures. "The heavy rains caused significant flash-flooding and $6.7 million in damage in southeastern Manitoba that affected hundreds of residents and resulted in several evacuations."

In 2002, Manitoba experienced severe flooding caused by heavy rains in the southeastern region of the province, causing damage to private property and public infrastructure. The DFAA payment, totaling $3,552,493, is the federal disaster financial assistance to the province for its response and recovery costs.

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