Minister Blair appoints advisory committee to review post-disaster financial assistance package

Communities across Canada are experiencing more extreme weather events and natural disasters than ever before. Climate change is accelerating the frequency and severity of events such as wildfires, floods and winter storms, which continue to disrupt lives, damage critical infrastructure and impact our supply chains. ‘supply. The Government of Canada is committed to reducing the impacts of natural disasters, helping Canadian communities adapt to climate change, and providing prompt and effective assistance to those affected as they recover and recover. rebuild.

Today, the Honorable Bill Blair, President of the Queen’s Privy Council for Canada and Minister of Emergency Preparedness, announced the establishment of an advisory committee that will review and make recommendations to update the Accords program Disaster Financial Assistance (AFAF).

The DFAA program provides financial assistance to provincial and territorial governments when the costs of responding to and recovering from natural disasters exceed what they could afford alone. The increase in the frequency and cost of natural disasters in recent years has increased the cost of the program. The DFAA program review is being initiated to ensure that an updated and sustainable system continues to be available to provinces and territories for disaster recovery.

The eight-member advisory committee chaired by Becky Denlinger, former Deputy Minister of Emergency Management for British Columbia, is a diverse group of experts with experience in the public sector, academia, non-profit organizations for-profits, Indigenous communities and the private sector. The group will meet by September 2022 to review Canada’s approach to post-disaster financing and consider how best to align these efforts with broader disaster mitigation and adaptation work. climatic. The committee is responsible for providing recommendations to the Government of Canada on how to improve the sustainability and long-term viability of disaster financing in Canada, improve the administration of the AAFCC program, and reduce disaster risk. The committee’s work will also include meaningful engagement with provinces and territories, Indigenous representatives, and other key stakeholders in the area of ​​emergency management. The commission will submit a report to the Minister of Civil Protection in the fall of 2022.

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