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Canada announces additional contribution to help those affected by Ecuadorian earthquake

April 27, 2016 - Ottawa, Ontario - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, today announced that the Government of Canada will provide an additional $900,000 in funding to help the communities most affected by the recent earthquake in Ecuador. This brings Canada’s total humanitarian contribution to $2 million.

Immediately after the earthquake, Canada worked closely with the Government of Ecuador, the United Nations and a number of international organizations to provide humanitarian assistance to affected people and delivered critical consular support to Canadians citizens in the area. The Government of Canada also contributed to sending a Canadian Red Cross field hospital to help those injured in the earthquake.

The government’s Canadian Disaster Assessment Team evaluated the situation in Ecuador: the Government of Canada decided that the most effective means to deliver Canadian assistance was through international and Canadian organizations and chose not to deploy the Canadian Armed Forces’ Disaster Assistance Response Team.

Quotes

“Canada stands ready to help our Ecuadorian friends. Thanks to the Government of Ecuador’s quick response to the earthquake, international assistance—including Canadian assistance—was able to quickly reach those who needed it most.”

- Stéphane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs

“Through Canada’s support to experienced humanitarian partners, life-saving assistance is being provided to the most vulnerable people.”

- Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie

Quick facts

  • On April 16, 2016, a 7.8-magnitude earthquake shook Ecuador and was followed by a series of aftershocks. With millions of people affected, the earthquake prompted an international response.
  • On April 19, 2016, Canada deployed the Canadian Disaster Assessment Team to undertake a full and rapid assessment of the situation and the humanitarian needs of those most affected.
  • Funding will be provided to the International Organization for Migration ($320,000), UNICEF ($320,000) and Plan Canada via the Canadian Humanitarian Assistance Fund ($260,000).
  • Canada’s contribution supports immediate humanitarian efforts to provide basic services, such as shelter, clean water, health care and sanitation.
  • On April 24, 2016, with the support of the Government of Canada, the Canadian Red Cross deployed a field hospital to Ecuador. Once its mission is complete, the field hospital will be donated to the Ecuadorian Red Cross for use in future disaster responses.

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