Rebuilding after Hurricane Fiona | Prime Minister of Canada

Atlantic Canadians and Quebecers are resilient. In the wake of the devastation of Hurricane Fiona, thousands of people are rebuilding their homes and communities, and businesses of all sizes are getting back on their feet. The Government of Canada will continue to address the immediate needs of people affected by the storm and support the long-term recovery of affected regions and local economies.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today 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 support long-term recovery efforts.

Building on the government’s ongoing response to Hurricane Fiona in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec, the Fund will support recovery efforts such as:

  • Help local communities and businesses rebuild and recover faster from the impacts of Hurricane Fiona.
  • Restore the economic activity that local communities depend on by beginning to repair and rebuild critical infrastructure, including fishing piers and small craft harbors that were damaged or destroyed by the storm. The repairs will allow the infrastructure to better withstand any future damage.
  • Ensuring navigation safety and protecting marine wildlife.

The new Fund will provide support for costs that may not be covered by existing federal programs, including Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). Through the AAFCC, the federal government covers up to 90% of eligible provincial expenses following a disaster, including transportation, emergency food and shelter, and restoration or replacement non-insurable accommodations and items.

Recovering from the widespread effects of Hurricane Fiona will take a collective effort. The new Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund builds on support the federal government has already announced, including the deployment of members of the Canadian Armed Forces and matching donations to the Canadian Red Cross. We will continue to work in partnership with provincial governments, municipal partners and local First Nations communities to continue to provide additional financial support to rebuild communities and the economy.

Quotation

“Our hearts go out to all Canadians dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. There is still a lot of work to be done in the days and months to come to clean up and rebuild, but I know that Atlantic Canadians and Quebeckers will continue to be there for each other, as will the Government of Canada. This new fund, announced today, will help people and local communities move forward on the road to recovery.

The Rt. Hon. Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada

“People in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec have already done so much to begin to recover from Fiona’s devastation. And now they need our support to revive their economy. The new Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund and existing disaster financial assistance agreements will provide this much-needed support. Together we will help rebuild the lives and livelihoods that have been uprooted.

The deputy. Chrystia Freeland, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance

“In difficult times, Atlantic Canadians come together. Neighbors helping neighbors and crews worked long hours to clear debris from our streets and restore power to our homes. Our government is doing all it can to help. This fund is good news for our region as it allows our docks, small businesses and communities to get the financial assistance they need as we rebuild from Hurricane Fiona and get life back to normal.

The deputy. Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“My heart goes out to everyone in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona. The Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund will support areas affected by the storm with long-term recovery efforts, such as critical infrastructure and fishing piers to help restore the local economy. As we begin to rebuild our communities, the Government of Canada will continue to be there to help Newfoundlanders make sure you have a place to return to and call home. Having been on the ground and having seen the devastation first hand, I know how important it is for our local communities to get back on their feet.

The deputy. Gudie Hutchings, Minister of Rural Economic Development

“Communities across Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec have come together in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona and our government will be there to help them regain a sense of normalcy as quickly as possible. As we rebuild, we are committed to making our basic infrastructure more resilient so that we can be better prepared for future natural disasters. We will continue to work closely with our provincial partners to help Atlantic Canadians and Quebecers through this ordeal.

The deputy. Dominic LeBlanc, Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities

“I witnessed the heartbreaking damage caused by Hurricane Fiona, as well as the dedication and resilience of the people of the Magdalen Islands and our neighbors in Atlantic Canada. We’re helping people by extending GST/HST filing deadlines and providing relief to affected businesses and taxpayers, where possible. The Canada Revenue Agency strives to put people first, and that continues to be its priority.

The deputy. Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue

“Islanders feel the effects of Fiona in everything they do and everywhere they go. I have seen the destruction that Fiona has brought to our homes, our businesses and our communities. This $300 million fund will go a long way toward rebuilding much of what we have lost, including wharves and other infrastructure, and help strengthen it to withstand future storms.

The deputy. Lawrence MacAulay, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defense

“I was extremely concerned about the impact of Hurricane Fiona. The extent of the losses suffered by fishers in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec is enormous, including loss of gear and damage to small craft harbours. Today’s announcement is an important step in cleaning up the ocean and beginning repairs in affected ports. We need to ensure that these essential pieces of community infrastructure are safe and accessible to the people who depend on them, and make them more resilient to future extreme weather events.

The deputy. Joyce Murray, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard

“Hurricane Fiona hit us hard. People displaced, homes and businesses destroyed, memories lost. Newfoundlanders know that the days ahead will not be easy. But we will overcome this and rebuild.

The deputy. Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Labor

“The Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency has always been there for Atlantic Canadians when needed. Today we are announcing the launch of the Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund, an important step that will help Atlantic Canadians in their rebuilding efforts. We remain committed to working closely with businesses of all sizes, organizations and communities coping with the devastating effects of Hurricane Fiona.

The deputy. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Official Languages ​​and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency

“We know that for families, businesses and municipalities, rebuilding after a disaster can seem overwhelming, but we’re here to help relieve the pressure on communities devastated by Hurricane Fiona. We don’t choose when a disaster will strike, but I know the courage and resilience of the people of eastern Quebec and the Maritimes, and I know they will prevail. I’m proud that the agency I oversee is contributing to this recovery fund.

The deputy. Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Sports and Minister responsible for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec

Fast facts

  • The Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund will be coordinated by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, which will work with other federal departments and agencies, such as Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Transport Canada, to determine local needs and allocate funds. Consequently.
  • Immediately following the landfall of Hurricane Fiona, the federal government approved a request for federal assistance from the Government of Nova Scotia, and other requests for assistance from Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador were also approved soon after they were received.
  • In response to these requests, the government continues to help provinces meet their immediate needs. Since the storm, up to 850 members of the Canadian Armed Forces have been deployed to clear debris to help restore transport links and the power grid, as well as to carry out wellness checks in affected communities. .
  • The Government of Canada will also provide financial assistance to provincial governments through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA). Through the DFAA, the government covers up to 90% of eligible provincial expenses following a disaster, including:
    • Evacuation, transport, emergency food, shelter and clothing;
    • Repairs to public buildings and related equipment, roads and bridges;
    • Restoration or replacement of non-insurable private dwellings (primary residences only), personal furniture, appliances and clothing; and,
    • Restoration of small businesses and farms, including non-insurable buildings and equipment.
  • On September 25, 2022, the Government of Canada announced a matching gift program with the Canadian Red Cross to support those affected by the storm. The government will continue to double donations from Canadians and businesses for the next 30 days starting September 25, with the possibility of an extension.
  • Residents affected by Hurricane Fiona should register with the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582 or online at www.redcross.ca/hurricanefiona.
  • Canadians wishing to make a financial donation to help those affected by Hurricane Fiona can do so online at www.redcross.ca, by calling 1-800-418-1111 or by texting FIONA to 20222 to donate of $10.

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