$2B SET ASIDE FOR NAT­U­RAL DIS­AS­TER PRO­TEC­TION

National Post (National Edition) - - CANADA -

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 Thurs­day, which were sub­merged dur­ing heavy flood­ing in south­ern Al­berta in 2013. Sohi, pic­tured, said the 10-year pro­gram will cover projects that help com­mu­ni­ties with­stand nat­u­ral dis­as­ters in­clud­ing floods, wild­fires, seis­mic events and droughts. “Floods, wild­fires and win­ter storms are get­ting worse and more fre­quent,” 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.

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