OTTAWA, ON, Nov. 14, 2022 /CNW/ - One year ago, the people of British Columbia experienced a historic and tragic flooding event. The floods and mudslides had devastating impacts for citizens, First Nations communities, and businesses, with massive damage to highways, agriculture production, and infrastructure across southern British Columbia.
As we mark this difficult anniversary, the Government of Canada remains steadfast in our commitment to be there throughout the long-term recovery.
Last year, over 700 Canadian Armed Forces personnel were deployed to support evacuation planning and coordination of relief efforts. Canadians right across the country showed their generosity by donating $30 million to relief efforts through the Canadian Red Cross, which was matched by 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 also continue our efforts with the First Nations Leadership Council towards a trilateral agreement on emergency management to strengthen First Nations' capacity to respond and recover from future climate-related disasters.
There is still more to do as we recover from this event, but we will continue our work with 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. Alongside 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've visited communities across British Columbia, and I've seen the damage firsthand. I want to extend 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 were created, and strengthened, by the establishment of the Committee of British Columbia and Federal Ministers on Disaster Response and Climate Resilience, we have been able to coordinate our efforts across orders of government, and we will continue to support the recovery efforts in British Columbia."
- The Honourable Bill Blair, President of the King's Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness
"First Nations in British Columbia showed immense strength and resilience in responding to the extreme flooding that threatened their communities one year ago. Indigenous Services Canada will continue to be there to support their ongoing recovery and rebuilding efforts. As we do this work, it is critical that First Nations are full and equal partners in decisions that affect their communities, and that they have the resources they need to prepare for and respond to extreme weather events. Climate change continues to show us that we will see more frequent and more severe weather events, and it will require all partners to work together to keep First Nations communities safe."
- The Honourable Patty Hajdu, Minister of Indigenous Services
"Last year's extreme flooding and mudslides in British Columbia had devastating impacts for communities across the province. In the face of these challenges - a reminder of the cost of our changing climate - British Columbians showed their resilience and determination, coming together to support one another. The Government of Canada is steadfast in our commitment to advance real and impactful climate adaptation and mitigation through our upcoming National Adaptation Strategy - to support resilient communities, protect lives, and preserve livelihoods."
- The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources
"I'm very impressed by the resilience and courage of farmers in British Columbia after the extreme climate events of last year. Even in the face of adversity, they chose to roll up their sleeves and rebuild for the better. Our government is committed to support them so they can better stand up to future incidents and continue to feed Canadians."
- The Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Last year's flooding in British Columbia devastated communities and ecosystems; especially habitat and spawning grounds for critically endangered wild Pacific salmon. Fisheries and Oceans Canada has been on the ground since day one, and we are working with the BC government and First Nations to address the conservation risks to salmon and another aquatic species."
-The Honourable 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 first hand the determination of fellow British Columbians who came together to support one another through the recovery efforts. With extreme weather events becoming more and more frequent, we are committed to rebuilding the most accessible, sustainable, and resilient communities possible."
- The Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion
"A year ago, many British Columbians were affected by floods and landslides. Despite these tragic events, our community showed resilience in the face of this situation and helped each other rebuild. I would like to extend my thanks to the first responders and volunteer search and rescue teams who worked so hard to support the province during this difficult time. We remain committed to helping British Columbians rebuild while keeping in mind the challenges of climate change."
- The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada
SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada
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