Red Cross makes $299M announcement

Federal and provincial government match total for Alberta Fires Appeal fund

By Dawn Booth, Connect Weekly

RedCrosslogoCanadian Red Cross met with government officials to announce a fundraising total of $299 million to support the Alberta wildfires at the Jubilee Centre on August 3.

The grand total for the Alberta Fires Appeal fund includes $165 million in Canadian Red Cross donations, $104 million in matching funds from the Canadian government, as well as an additional $30 million in funds from the Government of Alberta.


“We are grateful for the incredible kindness demonstrated by Canadians – friends and neighbours, community groups, governments and corporations – when it was needed most,” said Conrad Sauvé, President and CEO, Canadian Red Cross. “This outpouring of support will help the people of Fort McMurray and its surrounding areas recover from the devastating Alberta wildfires and assist those affected for years to come.”

Sauvé was joined by Calgary-Centre MP Kent Hehr, who spoke on behalf of the federal government to announce an additional $106 million amount.

“I can say the Government of Canada is here today to show that we are here to support. Not only for today, but over the course of the long run,” said Hehr. “We know rebuilding is both mentally and physically exhausting and draining. And there will be many trying times still to come.”

The Government of Alberta was also present to announce their $30 million contribution from the province.
“Thanks to the incredible generosity of Albertans, our Government is contributing more than $30M. I want Albertans to know there money is making a real difference in the lives of Wood Buffalo residents as they recover from this disaster,” said Alberta Municipal Affairs Minister Danielle Larivee.

According to a release from Canadian Red Cross, the donated funds will continue to assist residents and communities affected by the fire in the following ways: $196 million to assist individuals and families, $50 million for community initiatives, $30 million to support small businesses, and $12 million for community resiliency and disaster preparedness.

The release also states “projected areas of spending and allocation of funds are subject to change based on the needs identified by the individuals and communities affected by this disaster”. Also, donations will be held in a separate trust used only for the Alberta Fires Appeal fund.

“When I stand before you today and I tell you that the outpouring of support that Canada gave us is what reassured us that one day we would again be home,” said Mayor Melissa Blake in thanks to the presenters.

Any resident in need of assistance are encouraged to call the Canadian Red Cross at 1-888-553-5505 to make an appointment for a confidential assessment.

– Connect Weekly –