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Government of Canada makes $175 million payment to BC for wildfire recovery 

Ottawa – As many still deal with hardships caused by the wildfires in British Columbia (B.C.) this past summer, the Government of Canada remains committed to support the recovery of the people of B.C.

The Government of Canada is providing an advance payment of $175 million through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) to the province. This money will help with the costs associated with long-term recovery and rebuilding in affected communities.

The Government of Canada also issued a payment of $38,595,900 to the Canadian Red Cross in October, delivering on its commitment to make a donation to the Red Cross in support of those affected by the B.C. wildfires. In addition to assisting communities during evacuations, this funding is being used to support evacuees in the long process of recovery, such as to ease re-entry into their homes and communities and to re-establish their livelihoods.

The Government of Canada works closely with provinces, territories and Indigenous communities to assist Canadians when disasters strike.

“Although the wildfires are extinguished, a long, hard recovery process continues for many as they struggle with lost homes and businesses. The funding and support announced today will help those affected by the wildfires rebuild their homes and communities and get their lives back to normal. The Government of Canada continues to stand with B.C. as it works to recover from the wildfires.”

–  Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

“Last spring and summer, more than 1,200 wildfires burned more hectares of land than at any other time in British-Columbia’s history. The Government of Canada continues to work together with the province and our partners to ensure that the communities affected by these fires fully recover.”

–  Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Chair of the Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on Federal Recovery Efforts for 2017 BC Wildfires

“We’re grateful to the Federal Government for stepping up to the plate to advance these funds to help British Columbians as they recover and begin the long process of rebuilding their homes and businesses. Our Federal partners are showing that by putting people first, their priorities align with ours.”

–     Mike Farnworth, British Columbia Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General

“Recovering from any disaster is not easy, and it can take months and years for those affected to feel at home again. With this support from the Government of Canada, the Red Cross is able to continue to provide people, families and communities with the help they need to feel safe, connected and resilient for the future.”

–   Conrad Sauvé, President and CEO, Canadian Red Cross

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