Canada announces Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with reporters in Port aux Basque, Newfoundland. Blackburn News photo.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced the creation of the Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund.

The Fund will provide up to an additional $300 million over two years, starting this year, to help those affected by the storm and to support long-term recovery efforts.

In the wake of Hurricane Fiona’s devastation, thousands are rebuilding their homes, communities and businesses.

A media release said the Government of Canada will continue to respond to the immediate needs of people impacted by the storm and support the long-term recovery of impacted regions and local economies.

The Fund will support recovery efforts such as helping local communities and businesses rebuild and recover more quickly from the impacts of Hurricane Fiona

“This funding will support projects to repair and rebuild storm damaged critical infrastructure such as wharves, support the clean up of fishing gear so that boats and marine life can once again safely navigate these waters. Of course, help local businesses and communities rebuild and recover,” Trudeau said.

The new Fund will provide support for costs that may not be covered by existing federal programs, including the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). Through the DFAA, the federal government covers up to 90 per cent of eligible provincial expenses following a disaster, including providing transportation, emergency food, and shelter, and restoring or replacing uninsurable dwellings and items.

“Our thoughts are with all Canadians dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. There is still much work to be done in the days and months ahead to clean up and rebuild, but I know Atlantic Canadians and Quebecers will continue to be there for each other, and so will the Government of Canada. This new Fund, announced today, will help people and local communities move forward on the path to recovery,” added Trudeau.