Canada is deeply concerned for the people of the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan

PM announces further Canadian support for the Philippines

November 18, 2013 – Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced significant additional support for emergency relief activities in the Philippines. He made the announcement during his visit to Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Parish, where he met with members of Toronto’s Filipino-Canadian community to discuss Typhoon Haiyan and the government’s response to the crisis.

“Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with those in the Philippines who have been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. We are standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the Filipino-Canadian families who have loved ones that have been affected by this tragic natural disaster,” said the Prime Minister. “Our Government has taken decisive action to address the ravages of the typhoon by working closely with the Filipino-Canadian community, relief agencies and the Government of the Philippines to provide ongoing support to those who need it most. I am very pleased to announce that our Government will commit an additional $15 million towards emergency relief activities that should bring further comfort to the victims of this catastrophe. This brings the Government of Canada’s commitment to date to more than $20 million.”

Canada is responding to this disaster in coordination with the Government of the Philippines and Canada’s humanitarian partners, such as United Nations agencies, the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement, and non-governmental organizations, to ensure that humanitarian support meets the needs of the people affected by the typhoon. The additional $15 million announced today will be disbursed to a range of humanitarian relief efforts based on appeals from these partners, who have the expertise and capacity to deliver assistance on the ground.

 

November 12, 2013 – Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on Friday. By Tuesday morning, officials had counted 1,774 of the bodies, but fear Haiyan may have taken tens of thousands of lives.

  • We offer our condolences to all those who have been affected. They are in our thoughts and prayers.
  • Our Government pledged $5 million in immediate assistance, and announced that we would match all funds donated by Canadians to charities assisting with recovery efforts.
  • Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) is being deployed to the region, where it can help provide clean water and humanitarian support in severely affected areas.
  • The  first C-17 left on Monday November 11th, carrying critical medical equipment and supplies.
  • On Monday, Prime Minister Harper spoke with President Aquino.
  • Minister Paradis and Minister Baird have been in close contact with their counterparts and other senior officials to ensure that critical needs are identified as soon as possible.

Friends and relatives in Canada concerned for Canadian citizens they believe to be in the affected area should contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by calling toll-free 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted) or sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.

More information on Canada’s response to Typhoon Haiyan can be obtained at http://www.acdi-cida.gc.ca/acdi-cida/acdi-cida.nsf/eng/HEL-111012596-P4H

 

Ottawa, Ontario, November 8, 2013 — Today Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and Minister for La Francophonie, and Lynne Yelich, Minister of State (Foreign Affairs and Consular) issued the following statement:

“Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by this powerful storm and Canada stands ready to support relief efforts and provide humanitarian assistance as required,” said Minister Paradis. “We are in close contact with government authorities as well as humanitarian actors on the ground and Canadian field staff in the Philippines providing regular updates directly to my office.”

Thousands have already been evacuated, and with the help of Canadian and UN assistance, the local government has taken precautions in order to help deal with the effects of the typhoon, including the stockpiling of food, water, temporary shelter and medicines to mount an effective response.

“Canadian officials in Ottawa and at our embassy in Manila are in close contact with Filipino authorities and will continue to monitor the impact of the typhoon,” said Minister Yelich. “Canada stands ready to provide emergency consular assistance as required.”

Canadian citizens in the Philippines requiring emergency consular assistance should contact the Canadian embassy in Manila at (02) 857-9000 or Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by dialing 1-800-1-110-0226 (toll-free within the Philippines if calling from a landline) or 001-613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted where available).

Friends and relatives in Canada concerned for Canadian citizens they believe to be in the affected area should contact Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by calling toll-free 1-800-387-3124 or 613-996-8885 (collect calls are accepted) or sending an email to sos@international.gc.ca.