Disaster Response

We will make sure that people get the help they need when there is a federally declared disaster or emergency.

The cost of climate change is undeniable. In Canada, we’ve paid out more in the last six years in response to floods and wildfires than we have in the past 40 years combined – and that doesn’t include the financial and emotional toll that disasters take on people, when crops go unplanted and homes are destroyed.

To help people whose jobs and livelihoods are affected when disaster strikes, we will move forward with a new Employment Insurance Disaster Assistance Benefit, to be developed in consultation with experts, workers, and employers. This new benefit will launch in 2021 and will help replace the income that is lost when families need to temporarily stop working to protect their homes, or because they need to relocate to safety.

Building on the $2 billion we have already invested in helping communities prepare for and prevent weather related disasters like floods and fires, we will move forward with an additional $1 billion investment over the next decade in the Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund, so communities have a proactive, permanent and sustainable way to address the emerging threats of climate change.