Public Safety Canada

Public Safety Canada

June 09, 2007 15:05 ET

Public Safety Canada: Minister Stockwell Day and Minister John Les Tour B.C. Flood Zone

TERRACE, BRITISH COLUMBIA--(Marketwire - June 9, 2007) - The Honourable Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety along with B.C. Solicitor General and Minister of Public Safety John Les toured flood affected areas of Terrace and the Skeena River today.

"Our top priority is the safety and security of Canadians. That's why we are working with the province of B.C. and remain ready to provide assistance if requested," said Minister Day.

The Government of Canada has been working with the Province of British Columbia to help prepare communities and individuals for spring flooding and help them cope with the effects.

The Federal Government and the Province have provided more than $33 million for 88 urgent flood mitigation projects at various locations throughout British Columbia. As well, the two governments have spent an additional $15 million combined on flood preparation and response.

The provincial government continues to provide support to local governments through Emergency Management B.C. and the Provincial Emergency Program.

"I want to thank the many people who have pulled together to help those communities affected by this emergency," said Minister Les. "And I want to assure those impacted by flooding that disaster financial assistance will be available to eligible British Columbians."

The provincial disaster financial assistance (DFA) program provides financial assistance to British Columbians impacted by a disaster or emergency. The Province may ask the federal government to cost-share eligible expenses.

The Government of Canada also supports provinces and territories through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) in recovering from emergencies. Following the request from a provincial or territorial government, the Government of Canada may help pay the costs incurred in responding to an emergency or disaster, in accordance with DFAA guidelines. The amount of this federal compensation is determined by a formula, which is based on provincial population and the amount of damage. Since the inception of the DFAA in 1970, the Government of Canada has provided more than $209 million in financial assistance to British Columbia for disaster recovery.

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Contact Information

  • Public Safety Canada
    Media Relations
    Office of the Honourable Stockwell Day
    Minister of Public Safety
    Melisa Leclerc
    Director of Communications
    Ministry of Public Safety and
    Solicitor General (British Columbia)
    Karen Johnston, Communications Director
    Public Affairs Bureau