Canada Provides Relief Supplies to Japan

(No. 106 - March 15, 2011 - 8:20 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that Canada will contribute urgently needed relief supplies to Japan in the aftermath of the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.

"Today I met with Japan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Takeaki Mastumoto, who underlined the grave situation facing his country,” said Minister Cannon. "The Japanese government has specified the assistance it needs from the international community, and will continue to do so. Canada stands ready to assist.

"Canada will be part of the effort in support of the Government and people of Japan."

"In response to a first request by the Government of Japan, Canada, working with the Canadian Red Cross, will provide approximately 25,000 woven thermal wool blankets from its emergency relief supply stockpile to support the urgent efforts under way for the affected people of Japan," said Minister Oda.

"Canada has offered its expertise and assistance to Japan," said Minister Cannon. "The array of capabilities that the Government of Canada has offered to the Government of Japan includes a 17-member Disaster Victim Identification team, chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear technical expertise and equipment, Canadian Forces military assets to facilitate humanitarian relief efforts, relief stocks, and emergency medical and engineering capabilities.

"The supplies being sent by the Government of Canada will leave Pearson Airport in Toronto by commercial airline at 6 a.m. tomorrow, March 16, and will arrive in Tokyo the following day at noon," Minister Cannon said.

Individual Canadians and non-governmental organizations have expressed strong interest in supporting communities affected by this disaster. For information on contributing, please consult How Canadians can help.

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