Accessibility/Mobile Features
Skip Navigation
Skip to Content
Editorial News
Classified Sites

The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION

Ottawa announces $10.8M to continue Red Cross rapid emergency response

VANCOUVER - The federal government has announced $10.8 million to continue a program that allows the Canadian Red Cross to quickly distribute emergency supplies abroad.

International Development Minister Christian Paradis announced the funding Thursday at an event in Vancouver with the secretary general of the Canadian Red Cross, two years after the agency reached an agreement to work more closely with Ottawa to respond to disasters.

In 2012, the federal government and the Canadian Red Cross announced the establishment the Enhanced Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund, which has been used to respond to 14 emergencies.

"It's continuing because it worked," said Paradis.

"Now, more than ever ... we cannot overlook what is happening in other countries."

The Red Cross manages the fund and distributes Canada's stockpile of relief supplies, currently stored in Mississauga, Ont., and, more recently, Dubai. Supplies are stored in two locations to ensure the Red Cross is able to respond to crises within 48 hours.

Conrad Sauve, secretary general and CEO of the Canadian Red Cross, said the fund is geared toward disasters that don't attract international attention and therefore don't bring in large donations.

For example, he said many Canadians may not be aware that the Red Cross is currently dealing with a cholera outbreak in Ghana, drought in Kenya and refugee movements in Ethiopia.

"These situations are not necessarily making the headlines, but there is certainly a great deal of need," he said.

The fund is in addition to the federal government's practice of matching donations to the Canadian Red Cross, with Ottawa contributing $3 for ever dollar Canadians give to respond to international emergencies.

  • Rate this Rate This Star Icon
  • This article has not yet been rated.
  • We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high. If you thought it was well written, do the same. If it doesn’t meet your standards, mark it accordingly.

    You can also register and/or login to the site and join the conversation by leaving a comment.

    Rate it yourself by rolling over the stars and clicking when you reach your desired rating. We want you to tell us what you think of our articles. If the story moves you, compels you to act or tells you something you didn’t know, mark it high.

Sort by: Newest to Oldest | Oldest to Newest | Most Popular 0 Commentscomment icon

You can comment on most stories on You can also agree or disagree with other comments. All you need to do is register and/or login and you can join the conversation and give your feedback.

There are no comments at the moment. Be the first to post a comment below.

Post Your Commentcomment icon

  • You have characters left

The Brandon Sun does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. Comments are moderated before publication. By submitting your comment, you agree to our Terms and Conditions. New to commenting? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.


Make text: Larger | Smaller

Brandon Sun Business Directory
The First World War at 100

Social Media