Message from Joe Oliver

Joe OliverDear Friend,

I would like to personally express my deepest sympathies to all those who lost loved ones or were affected by the terrible tragedy brought on by Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan). Canadians and people around the world have responded with generosity. My thoughts and prayers, along with Canadians across this country, are with the people suffering from Typhoon Yolanda.

With tremendous dignity, courage and faith, the Filipino people have rallied to rescue the trapped, help the injured, provide support to the aggrieved and rebuild their communities. It is an effort that is extraordinary in scope and difficulty.

I am also proud that the Government of Canada has played an important role in assisting Filipinos in this dark period. Canada immediately offered $5 million in aid and deployed the Canadian Forces' Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief. Also, we are prioritizing immigration applications from those who are affected by Typhoon Yolanda.

In an effort to raise domestic support, our government will match the donations made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities. From now until December 9, 2013, we will set aside one dollar for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund for every dollar donated privately. Canadians have proven to be generous, and through this fund we will double their charitable contributions. Please visit www.international.gc.ca to learn more about how to give.

As may know, Prime Minister Stephen Harper visited Our Lady of Assumption Parish here in Eginton-Lawrence to announce a commitment of an additional $15 million in aid to humanitarian organizations that are working to provide people the help they need to begin the process of rebuilding their lives. Through this fund, essentials such as water, emergency shelter, food and other services will be available to those who need assistance.

I want to assure you that we are closely monitoring the situation and are working with our Canadian and international humanitarian partners to determine what assistance is required, and what we can do to help.

If you have any concerns or questions, from immigration assistance to donating relief support, please contact my office.

Sincerely,

Joe Oliver, MP


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