How to donate to Canada’s flood relief effort
Ottawa, Sept. 26 (The Canadian Press) As Ottawa braces for the worst of this year’s floods, people across Canada are volunteering their time and money to help the country rebuild.
As many as 20,000 volunteers are expected to be working on the relief effort in the coming weeks.
The federal government has set aside $3.6 billion for the flood relief efforts, while Ontario and Quebec have set aside a total of $1.7 billion.
In Canada, the most generous province for people to donate money is Alberta, where the Red Cross is providing more than $2.5 million.
Ontario and Quebec, along with British Columbia, have set up a new relief fund, and a group of Ontario mayors have pledged $5 million each to the cause.
Ontary Mayor Bonnie Crombie said the province is looking for people who are interested in helping in the province’s flood-prone areas and can offer some advice about getting the best deal.
“I have a lot of experience in dealing with people who have the financial means and the ability to give,” she said.
“My biggest advice is that you should consider what’s best for your family and what’s right for you.”
Crombie said she’s looking forward to seeing people at the door of flood-affected homes.
“It’s good to see the smiles and the smiles of people who feel that they can do something for this,” she added.
Cromie said the mayor of Thunder Bay, Ont., is already working on helping with flood relief.
“She has her eyes on the sky and is doing the best she can,” said Mayor Mark O’Toole.
“This is a time of hope and it’s also a time for Canadians to show that they care and we’re not afraid to say it.”
O’Tooles said Thunder Bay is fortunate to be part of a community that is doing its part in helping rebuild the city.
“We have a huge population that are really working to make it a safer place for people and it shows in our work,” he said.
Thunder Bay has been flooded twice this year.
Last month, the city received more than two metres of rain in just six hours, and more than five inches of rain fell in the next 24 hours.
Mayor O’Malley said the city has been working on flood-resistant building materials and will also be building flood-proof homes for people in flood-impacted neighbourhoods.
“We are looking forward going out and showing the people of Thunder, Thunder Bay and in Canada that we will get through this together,” he added.
“People can see that we are going to make this happen and we will work together.”
A spokesperson for the Red Bank Flood Control District said it will work with volunteers to identify those who can offer the best deals.
“When we can, we will reach out to our volunteers and make sure they know they can volunteer, or they can make a donation,” said the spokesperson.