WINNIPEG, MANITOBA--(Marketwired - Sep 17, 2013) - The Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today announced $200 million in federal funding under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) program for eligible response and recovery costs incurred by the Province of Manitoba during catastrophic flooding in 2011. The $200 million payment is in addition to two previous $50 million DFAA payments, bringing the total federal assistance to $300 million.
"Natural disasters have taken a heavy toll on Manitobans in past years. Our Government is helping Canadian communities recover from these events," said Minister Blaney. "Through the DFAA, we are making a considerable contribution to Manitoba's expenses in dealing with the 2011 floods."
"Three times more assistance claims were filed for the 2011 flood than for the 1997 flood and the Manitoba Government's ongoing flood recovery has cost more than $1.2 billion," said Steve Ashton, Manitoba's Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation. "I look forward to working with the Government of Canada on a national disaster mitigation plan to better protect First Nation communities, which have been disproportionately impacted by flooding."
"The 2011 floods were unprecedented on so many fronts. It was the most disastrous flood this province has ever witnessed. Our Government has been there for the citizens of Manitoba, and always will be," said the Honourable Shelly Glover, Regional Minister for Manitoba and Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages.
Since its inception in 1970, the DFAA program has provided more than $2.5 billion in disaster financial assistance to the provinces and territories. For more information on the federal DFAA program and its guidelines, please visit our website: www.publicsafety.gc.ca.
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