Chronology of Government of Canada engagement and announcements

Humanitarian crisis in the Philippines and other affected countries

December 23
The Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund ceased its operations today, in accordance with the government of Canada's announcement last November 27. The relief fund ensured that donations made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities would be matched by the government. The total amount collected by the registered charities will be announced shortly.

December 17
Minister Paradis thanked Canadians for their contributions to the Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts in the Philippines, reminding them of the December 23rd deadline to have eligible donations matched by the Government of Canada.

December 16
The Government of Canada announced the completion of the DART humanitarian assistance mission in the Philippines and its redeployment to Canada.

November 27
The Public Health Agency of Canada deployed an epidemiologist in support of the World Health Organization (WHO) public health efforts in the Philippines. The WHO response team will assist the Philippine's Department of Health to identify and make recommendations on how to mitigate the risks to public health in the wake of this disaster.

Minister Christian Paradis announced that the Government of Canada will extend the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund until December 23, 2013. The relief fund ensures that donations made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities will be matched by the government.

November 25
Minister Paradis announced his travel to the Philippines from November 26 to 28, 2013, where he will witness the situation on the ground first hand, meet with local officials as well as Canadian and international humanitarian partners, and observe the effectiveness of Canadian assistance.

November 20
Minister Paradis announced up to $5 million in additional support for the deployment of relief supplies from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada's (DFATD) emergency stockpile to meet the immediate needs of people most affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

November 19
INTERPOL announced the deployment of an INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) to the Philippines to help assess the Disaster Victim Identification (DVI) needs following Typhoon Haiyan, which has left thousands of people dead, missing and displaced.

Minister Paradis announces how the $20 million Canada committed would be allocated to aid those in need.

November 18
Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced that Canada will commit an additional $15 million towards emergency relief activities that should bring further comfort to the victims of this catastrophe. This brings the Government of Canada’s commitment to date to more than $20 million.

November 16
Minister Nicholson announced that the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) will deploy three CH-146 Griffon helicopters and aircrew to further support the Government of Canada’s humanitarian assistance and relief efforts in the Philippines. Two of the three aircraft are scheduled to deploy on November 17, 2013 from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton aboard a CC-177 Globemaster III.  

November 15
Minister Nicholson announced the departure of additional Canadian Forces Personnel as part of the DART to the city of Iloilo in the Philippines from CFB Trenton. Among the Canadian Forces members onboard are medical personnel who will form mobile first-aid teams to provide critical initial care to those in need.  Other members include personnel to support relief operations by performing various duties.

The Prime Minister provided an update on Canadian support for the Philippines. The Prime Minister visited the Filipino Association of Montréal and Suburbs, where he paid his respects to all those who have been affected, pledged his ongoing support to emergency relief efforts in the affected areas, and sought input from the community on the government’s response to the crisis. He also noted that Canadian individuals and businesses have already donated roughly $15.7 million to the aid effort.

Minister Nicholson announced another deployment of DART personnel and equipment from CFB Trenton to Iloilo in the Philippines. To further support Operation Renaissance, the Canadian Forces deployed the Reverse Osmosis Water Purification Unit (ROWPU) to the Philippines.

November 14
Minister of State Yelich met with members of the Filipino community in Winnipeg, and issued a statement on behalf of the GC offering condolences to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan, and reiterated the commitment of the GC to continue to assist those affected by the crisis.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced it will prioritize the processing of applications from people who self-identify as being significantly affected by the typhoon.

November 13
The GC announced that it would prioritize the processing of applications on request from Filipinos who are significantly and personally affected by Typhoon Haiyan. Canadians without travel documents as a result of the typhoon will have their applications expedited by the Canadian embassy in Manila.

Prime Minister Harper visited the Embassy of the Philippines to sign a book of condolences. It was announced via a press scrum that the DART will travel to Iloilo to address pressing needs in that area.

The GC announced, with the Canadian Red Cross, the deployment of a 12-person medical team and an emergency field hospital to the Philippines to provide emergency health support for as many as four months to the typhoon-affected population. This hospital is funded under a previously approved project.

GC announced that Canadian military personnel and equipment left CFB Trenton for the Philippines.

November 12
Minister of National Defence Rob Nicholson announced the deployment of elements of the DART to contribute to the relief efforts by providing clean water, medical assistance, and logistical support. An assessment team was sent to the ground.

November 11
Minister Baird issued a statement announcing the deployment of the Interdepartmental Strategic Support Team (ISST), which is deployed ahead of Canada’s Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to assess the needs on the ground.

Prime Minister Harper spoke to President Aquino of the Philippines, indicating that Canada stands ready to help and support the Philippines in responding to this disaster.  He noted the contributions of Canadians in support of humanitarian organizations that have been made to date, and added that the government is calling on Canadians to help support the relief effort through a matching fund.  The Prime Minister also noted the deployment of the ISST to assess needs on the ground and identify potential response options.  President Aquino expressed his sincere thanks to Canada.

November 10
Address by Minister Paradis to media on Typhoon Haiyan about the situation in the Philippines, relief efforts that will be provided through the $5 million that was announced on November 9, and the initial announcement that the Government of Canada will be setting up the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

The GC announced matching funds for donations made by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities working in the Philippines and other affected countries. For every eligible dollar donated by individual Canadians to registered Canadian charities from November 9 to December 9, 2013, the government will set aside one dollar for the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

November 9
Statement by Prime Minister Harper extending his deepest sympathy and providing the Emergency Watch and Response Centre contact information to Canadians seeking information on friends and family in affected areas in the Philippines.

The GC announced it will provide $5 million to support relief efforts by humanitarian organizations working to meet the needs of the people affected by the typhoon. This fund will be used to provide emergency relief activities and will include the provision of emergency shelter, food, water, livelihood support, and other essential services.

November 8
Statement issued by Minister Paradis and Minister Yelich expressing concern for the people of the Philippines and providing contact information to Canadians requiring emergency consular assistance and information on friends and family in affected areas in the Philippines.

The Government of Canada (GC) allocated $30,000 to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to help launch relief operations and meet the needs of those affected by the crisis through the Emergency Disaster Assistance Fund (EDAF).

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