Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canadians gave with their hearts during the international appeal for Typhoon Haiyan relief last fall. Over $85 million in donations received by Canadian registered charities was received during the November 9 to December 23 matching period. As promised by the Government of Canada, it is committed to matching every eligible dollar donated by Canadians towards relief and reconstruction efforts in the Philippines.
•On November 10, 2013, Canada established the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund, through which every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians from November 9 to December 23, 2013 to registered Canadian charities would be matched by the Government of Canada.
•Thousands of individual Canadians from across the country contributed to registered Canadian charitable organizations to provide assistance in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan. Over $85 million of these contributions were eligible for matching under the Government’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund. The end result will be more resources – through combined funding from the Government of Canada and Canadian charitable organizations – being provided to typhoon-affected people in the Philippines .
•From the very beginning, Canada has played a leading role in the global response to the impact of the typhoon that hit the Philippines on November 8, 2013, by providing significant humanitarian assistance to meet the needs of the people affected by the typhoon.
•Canada has sent relief supplies like tents, blankets, water purification tablets, shelter kits, and other essential items from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s emergency stockpile.
•With support from the Government of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross Society deployed a medical team and field hospital to provide emergency health support in the Philippines .
•Elements of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) were also deployed to support relief efforts by providing clean water, medical assistance and logistical support, including addressing pressing needs on Panay Island . Canada ’s current longer-term development assistance program in the Philippines supports initiatives focused on enhancing sustainable economic growth by improving the enabling environment for investment and building economic opportunities for the poor.