Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday announced a $300 million fund to help the East Coast recover from Tropical Storm Fiona and rebuild to withstand future damage.
Prime Minister Trudeau told reporters in Dartmouth, New South Wales, that the fund was damaged when a storm hit the area on September 24, washing away homes, tearing roofs and destroying power grids. He said he would provide aid over the next two years to repair the critical infrastructure it suffered.
The money will help rebuild communities and businesses in Atlantic Canada and Madeleine Island, he said, and the money will also be used to clean fishing gear, ensure safe navigation and protect marine wildlife.
The goal, Trudeau said, is to expedite the distribution of funds through regional offices of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Authority, which works with other federal agencies. Officials do not wait for “all receipts” before spending funds, he added.
“Especially with winter coming, we need to get the money to families as soon as possible,” the prime minister said.
“Whether it’s the historic floods we’ve seen in British Columbia recently, increased or increased wildfires, or heat waves, the deployment of disaster relief has improved significantly. We can now do it because of climate change.”
Funds will also go to homeowners whose homes are being rebuilt and to those without insurance to pay for replacement homes, Trudeau said. “We are there to help with the types of damage experienced by people who are uninsured or uninsured.”
In a news release, the federal government said rebuilding efforts would help the infrastructure withstand future damage.