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PM not ruling out federal compensation for those who've lost their homes due to floods

Last Updated Apr 30, 2019 at 8:55 am PDT

File Photo: Canadian Armed Forces help out in flood-weary Bracebridge. (Source: CityNews Toronto/Erica Natividad)
Summary

The federal government is considering compensating those who won't be able to return to their homes due to floods

Justin Trudeau says something needs to be done to help people, communities deal with more frequent natural disasters

OTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – The Trudeau government is considering options to help homeowners in Ontario, Quebec and New Brunswick who may not be able to move back into their homes due to the severe and devastating flooding.

In some regions, the flooding has yet to hit its peak, and already thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes.

On his way into Tuesday’s cabinet meeting, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was asked if the federal government would help compensate those who won’t be able to move back due to the damage.

“And yes, we’re going to have to help Canadians adapt to the new reality we’re in, and that means going to be working with homeowners, working with municipalities on land planning, and being a strong partner,” he said.

The prime minister didn’t have any specific details, but added something needs to be done to help people and communities deal with more frequent natural disasters.

“We know we’re going to have to be investing in climate resilient infrastructure, in mitigation and adaptation in the fight against climate change,” he explained.

Other ministers have said there will be discussions on how best to help those impacted including a potential federal role in offers to help people move out of flood zones.

“We are going to continue to be supportive,” Finance Minister Bill Morneau said.


There is already disaster relief funding that will see the federal government foot a large chunk of the recovery and rescue bills.

Meantime, Quebec is already offering cash to help people move out of flood zones, and the federal infrastructure minister has said money is and will be made available for cities that want to increase flood mitigation.