Ottawa an­nounces nat­u­ral dis­as­ters fund

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA -

CAL­GARY — The fed­eral gov­ern­ment has set up a $2-bil­lion fund to help com­mu­ni­ties pro­tect them­selves from nat­u­ral dis­as­ters. Fed­eral In­fra­struc­ture Min­is­ter Amarjeet Sohi made the an­nounce­ment on the Cal­gary Stam­pede grounds, which were sub­merged dur­ing heavy flood­ing in south­ern Al­berta five years ago. Sohi said the 10-year pro­gram will cover projects that help com­mu­ni­ties with­stand nat­u­ral haz­ards in­clud­ing floods, wild­fires, seis­mic events and droughts.

He said the money is for large-scale in­fra­struc­ture projects with a min­i­mum price tag of $20 mil­lion such as di­ver­sion channels, wet­land restora­tions, wild­fire bar­ri­ers and lev­ees.

Sohi said ap­pli­ca­tions for fund­ing will have until July 31 to sub­mit an ex­pres­sion of in­ter­est.

Prov­inces, mu­nic­i­pal and re­gional gov­ern­ments can all ap­ply, as can pub­lic not­for-profit post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions, First Na­tions gov­ern­ments and band coun­cils.

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