Canada announces additional  million in funding for humanitarian assistance for the Philippines

Canada announces additional $2 million in funding for humanitarian assistance for the Philippines

Canada remains deeply concerned by the impacts of Super Typhoon Rai—also referred to as Typhoon Odette—on the Philippines and its people. The typhoon, which hit the country on December 16 and 17, 2021, was the second-deadliest disaster of 2021 and caused significant devastation to communities, destroying homes and infrastructure.

The Honourable Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada, in recognizing the scale of the destruction and in response to the renewed appeals for support from the UN and Canada’s humanitarian partners, today announced that Canada is providing an additional $2 million in funding for life-saving humanitarian assistance to the Philippines to help meet the urgent and immediate needs of the most vulnerable people affected by the typhoon.

Of this amount, the World Food Programme is receiving $1 million in funding for emergency food assistance and logistics operations and the International Organization for Migration is receiving $1 million in funding for emergency shelter operations.

The funding announced today is in addition to the $3 million in funding for humanitarian assistance announced on December 20, 2021, that Canada provided to the Philippines; it is also in addition to support delivered through the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives and to the deployment of a humanitarian expert. The amount announced today brings Canada’s total response to the disaster to more than $5 million in funding.

Canada stands in solidarity with the Philippine people as they continue to deal with the after-effects of this catastrophe.

Quotes

“The crisis is not yet over for those impacted by Super Typhoon Rai. We need to be there to continue to assist our partners that are on the ground working in the communities that are still in dire need of relief. Canada will be there for the Philippines.”

– Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development and Minister responsible for the Pacific Economic Development Agency of Canada

Quick facts

  • The initial $3 million in funding included a $500,000 contribution to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies via the Canadian Red Cross Society, a $700,000 contribution to the Humanitarian Coalition through the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund and a $1.8 million contribution to the World Food Programme.