Harper announces Canada’s contribution to Haiyan fund

Community News & Features Apr 11, 2014 at 3:21 pm
 Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks during the packing kitchen sets by the Canadian Red Cross that will be sent to the Philippines to help with the relief effort for Typhoon Haiyan.

Canada’s Prime Minister Stephen Harper talks during the packing kitchen sets by the Canadian Red Cross that will be sent to the Philippines to help with the relief effort for Typhoon Haiyan.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today welcomed the tremendous generosity that Canadians have demonstrated in helping the Philippines recover from the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan.

The Prime Minister was pleased to announce today that individual Canadians contributed over $85 million in eligible donations that our Government is matching through its Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

As promised on November 10, 2013, the Government of Canada is fulfilling its commitment to match every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities responding to the impact of this natural disaster, between November 9 and December 23, 2013.

Quick Facts

On November 10, 2013, Canada established the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, through which every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians from November 9 to December 23, 2013 to registered Canadian charities would be matched by the Government of Canada.

Thousands of individual Canadians from across the country contributed to registered Canadian charitable organizations to provide assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Over $85 million of these contributions were eligible for matching under the Government’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. The end result will be more resources – through combined funding from the Government of Canada and Canadian charitable organizations – being provided to typhoon-affected people in the Philippines.

From the very beginning, Canada has played a leading role in the global response to the impact of the typhoon that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, by providing significant humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of the people affected by the typhoon.
Canada has sent relief supplies like tents, blankets, water purification tablets, shelter kits, and other essential items from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s emergency stockpile.

Harper with  workers at a Red Cross warehouse. Photos: PMO

Harper with workers at a Red Cross warehouse. Photos: PMO

With support from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross Society deployed a medical team and field hospital to provide emergency health support in the Philippines.

Elements of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) were also deployed to support relief efforts by providing clean water, medical assistance and logistical support, including addressing pressing needs on Panay Island. Canada’s current longer-term development assistance program in the Philippines supports initiatives focused on enhancing sustainable economic growth by improving the enabling environment for investment and building economic opportunities for the poor.

Quotes

“Our Government worked closely with the Filipino-Canadian community, humanitarian partners and the Government of the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan to identify priorities and quickly provide emergency assistance where it was needed most. The Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund was a success and our Government is proud to play a role in matching the generosity of Canadians.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“I am deeply proud of the way Canadians came together to help the people of the Philippines in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. The remarkable support that Canadians provided both here at home and the very strong presence of both our DART team and humanitarian partners on the ground, especially on Panay Island, made us a global leader in helping address the impact of the crisis.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

(PRESS RELEASE)