$ 416 Million Disaster Funds Brought to Homes Lost in British Columbia Wildfire

The federal government has gathered several ministers in Vancouver to outline how funding can help those already affected, which could lead to a difficult summer of wildfires in some parts of the country. He said he was prepared to have.

Minister of Emergency Preparedness Bill Blair spends $ 416 million to rebuild homes and businesses lost in the 2021 fire, including the devastated village of Lytton, in response to a state’s request for disaster funding. He said he was proceeding.

He said more than three dozen temporary housing units would be part of the $ 24 million in funding for the Lytton Indigenous Peoples Reserve.

Blair, who first announced funding on Thursday, said the Lytton fire revealed a number of vulnerabilities that the federal and state governments needed to address.

In Canada’s firefighting activities, more than $ 500 million from the federal budget to train more firefighters, help communities buy firefighting equipment, develop wildfire satellite surveillance systems, and assist indigenous peoples in emergency planning. He said it would be used.

“The work we do together is important, but it’s not just about spending money,” he said.

“There is work to be done in planning, preparation, soil restoration, and working to help people regain pride and security within their communities.”

Last year’s wildfires, heat waves, floods and landslides ensure that British Colombia is at the forefront of difficult natural disasters and that a federal-state partnership ensures that they can respond in the right way. is showing.

He said the federal government allocated $ 5 billion in disaster funding to BC after the November floods, and the state submitted a total of over $ 4 billion in demand. Under this arrangement, 15% of the requested funds will be invested in mitigation, prevention and adaptation efforts.

Another $ 8.4 million in budget 2022 is fixed to help British Columbia’s indigenous people respond in the event of a wildfire.

Wayne Schnitzler of the First Nations’ Emergency Services Society encourages governments to focus on helping communities in the most dangerous areas and train indigenous firefighters who are enthusiastic about protecting their communities. bottom.

Judybeck, regional director of the Pacific Forestry Center, predicts that fire activity could increase this summer, despite residual snow delaying the start of the fire season in parts of Canada. I warned that there was.

“The outlook for fire activity from British Columbia to western Ontario is important,” Beck said.

Amy smart

Canadian press