Government of Canada marks one year since historic and tragic flooding in British Columbia
OTTAWA (ON), November 14, 2022 /CNW/ – A year ago, residents of British Columbia experienced a historic and tragic flood. The floods and mudslides had devastating effects on citizens, First Nations communities and businesses, with massive damage to highways, agricultural production and infrastructure in the south of the country. British Columbia.
As we mark this difficult anniversary, the Government of Canada remains true to our commitment to be there throughout the long-term recovery.
Last year, more than 700 members of the Canadian Armed Forces were deployed to support evacuation planning and the coordination of relief efforts. Canadians across the country showed their generosity by donating $30 million relief efforts through the Canadian Red Cross, which was matched by the federal and provincial governments, bringing the total amount raised to $90 million.
Our work continued with the formation of the Committee of British Columbia and federal ministers on disaster response and climate resilience to ensure effective response and recovery. We are also continuing our efforts with the First Nations Leadership Council toward a trilateral emergency management agreement to strengthen the capacity of First Nations to respond to and recover from future climate-related disasters.
Much remains to be done as we recover from this event, but we will continue to work with our partners to rebuild and increase our resilience to disasters.
Today we remember those who lost their lives and those who are still working to rebuild their livelihoods. Along with many others, we thank the first responders, volunteers and community members who stepped up to support their neighbours.
“Since the devastating floods last November, I have visited communities across British Columbia, and saw the damage first hand. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the first responders, search and rescue volunteers and emergency management professionals, who worked tirelessly to keep people safe in the face of this major disaster. Through the funding provided to date through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements program and the partnerships that have been created and strengthened through the creation of the British Columbia and Federal Ministers Responsible for Disaster Response and Climate Resilience, we have been able to coordinate our efforts across levels of government and will continue to support recovery efforts in British Columbia.”
– The Honorable Bill Blair, President of the King’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Civil Protection
“First Nations in British Columbia showed immense strength and resilience in responding to the extreme flooding that threatened their communities a year ago. Indigenous Services Canada will continue to be there to support their ongoing recovery and reconstruction efforts. As part of this work, it is critical that First Nations are full and equal partners in decisions that affect their communities and have the resources to prepare for and respond to extreme weather events. Climate change continues to show us that we will see more frequent and severe weather events, and it will take all partners working together to keep First Nations communities safe. »
– The Honorable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services
“The extreme floods and landslides of last year in British Columbia had devastating effects on communities across the province. In the face of these challenges – a reminder of the cost of our climate change – British Columbians have shown resilience and determination by coming together to support each other. The government of Canada is unwavering in our commitment to advancing real and impactful climate adaptation and mitigation through our upcoming National Adaptation Strategy – to support resilient communities, protect lives and safeguard livelihoods.
– The Honorable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources
“I am very impressed by the resilience and courage of the farmers of British Columbia after last year’s extreme weather events. Even in the face of adversity, they chose to roll up their sleeves and rebuild for the better. Our government is committed to supporting them so they can better withstand future incidents and continue to feed Canadians. »
– The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
“Last year’s floods British Columbia devastated communities and ecosystems; especially the habitat and spawning grounds of critically endangered wild Pacific salmon. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been on the ground since day one, working with the Government of British Columbia and First Nations to address conservation risks to salmon and other aquatic species. »
-The Honorable Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“Last fall, I visited Abbotsford with the Prime Minister following the floods that devastated our region. I was inspired to see firsthand the determination of my fellow British Columbians who came together to support each other through recovery efforts. With extreme weather events becoming more frequent, we are committed to rebuilding the most accessible, sustainable and resilient communities possible. »
– The Honorable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
“A year ago many British Columbians were affected by flooding and landslides. Despite these tragic events, our community has shown resilience in the face of this situation and helped each other to rebuild. I would like to thank the first responders and search and rescue team volunteers who have worked so hard to support the province during this difficult time. We remain committed to helping British Columbians rebuild while keeping the challenges of climate change in mind.
– The Honorable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister for International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
- The government of Canada and the province of British Columbia committed to matching donations made to the Canadian Red Cross. Thanks to the generosity of Canadians, the Red Cross received more than $30 million in donations for a total of more than $90 million raised.
- In December 2022the governments of Canada and British Columbiawith the First Nations, formed the Committee of British Columbia and federal ministers on disaster response and climate resilience to ensure effective response and recovery.
- Since November 2021 floods, and in addition to the funds provided through the DFAA program, Indigenous Services Canada has committed over $15 million in funding to directly support the recovery of affected First Nations communities. In 2022-23, the ministry provided over $11 million to the First Nations Emergency Services Society to support their work in the four pillars of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery in support of First Nations communities in British Columbia.
- Until $228 million Federal and provincial government support has been made available to BC farmers who suffered extraordinary damage during the devastating floods. The Canada-BC Program 2021 Flood Recovery Plan for Food Security, implemented by the Government of British Columbialeveraged the federal government’s AgriRecovery and Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (AFAF) program.
- The governments of Canada and British Columbia and the First Nations Leadership Council are working on a trilateral emergency management agreement. This agreement will strengthen the ability of First Nations to respond to and recover from future climate-related disasters.
- A collaborative emergency management agreement with the Tsilhqot’in National Government, the Government of Canadaand the government of British Columbia has been renewed with effect February 19, 2022. The agreement ensures that the Tsilhqot’in National Government is a true partner in emergency management while highlighting and advancing the strengths, expertise and opportunities within Tsilhqot’in communities to inform and support the forest fire and emergency management.
- In August 2022an interdisciplinary working group on flood insurance and relocation published the report, Adapting to rising flood risks: an analysis of insurance solutions for Canadato support decision-making and the way forward for a national flood insurance program.
- The government of Canada invest more $63.8 million in the Flood Mapping and Hazard Identification Program (FHIMP). In partnership with provincial and territorial governments, FHIMP aims to complete flood hazard maps of high-risk areas in Canada and make this flood risk information accessible.
SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
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