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Minister MacKay Announces Disaster Assistance Funding of $3.6 Million Provided to Nova Scotia

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA -- (Marketwired) -- 02/07/14 -- Public Safety Canada

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, announced a final payment of $3.6 million in federal funding under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) program for costs incurred by the Province of Nova Scotia.

The Province of Nova Scotia was subjected to a severe snowstorm (White Juan) in February 2004. Roads, schools, businesses and government offices were closed for several days and required the declaration of a provincial state of emergency to ensure public safety and facilitate snow removal from highways and streets.

Minister MacKay made the announcement on behalf of the Honourable Steven Blaney, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.

Quick Facts

--  Since its inception in 1970, the DFAA has provided more than $2.6
    billion in disaster financial assistance to the provinces and
    territories.

--  When response and recovery costs exceed what individual provinces or
    territories could reasonably be expected to bear on their own, the DFAA
    provide the Government of Canada with a fair and equitable means of
    assisting provincial and territorial governments.

--  Following a large natural disaster, repair and reconstruction can take a
    significant time to complete and document. After the approval of federal
    financial assistance under the DFAA, provinces may request an advance,
    interim payment or final payment which requires the submission of the
    expenditure documentation for federal audit. Once a review of the
    federal audit is completed, payment is issued.


Quotes

"Our Government continues to help Canadians and their communities during times of need. Many communities in Nova Scotia felt the intensity of this storm in 2004. This was a significant weather event that negatively impacted the entire province. This funding from the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements will help offset some of the costs incurred by the Province of Nova Scotia and support the province in their recovery"

The Honourable Steven Blaney - Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

"White Juan is part of Nova Scotia's history. This significant weather event happened just a few months after Hurricane Juan, so the impact of the storm was that much greater for everyone affected. Our Government is committed to helping communities in need, through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements. As a proud Nova Scotian, I am pleased that we are assisting the Province recoup some of the costs that resulted from White Juan."

The Honourable Peter MacKay - Minister of Justice, Attorney General of Canada and Regional Minister for Nova Scotia

Associated Links

- Information on how to prepare for emergencies including severe flooding (Get Prepared)

- Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) Program

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For more information, please visit the website www.publicsafety.gc.ca.

Contacts:
Jean-Christophe de Le Rue
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister of Public Safety
and Emergency Preparedness
613-991-2924

Media Relations
Public Safety Canada
613-991-0657

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