FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government received $39 million today from Public Safety Canada to help with costs related to flooding this spring.

This advance payment is provided through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements.

“Thousands of New Brunswickers have been impacted by the historic levels of the 2018 spring freshet and many are still recovering from the damage caused by the severe flooding,” said deputy premier Stephen Horsman. “The provincial government is pleased to be able to count on all of its partners in such a challenging time, particularly the federal government, which is supporting our province’s Disaster Financial Assistance program. This federal funding assistance will help us to provide the best possible support for New Brunswickers during a time of great hardship.”

Horsman spoke on behalf of Justice and Public Safety Minister Denis Landry.

In the event of a large-scale disaster, Public Safety Canada provides cost-shared financial assistance to provinces and territories for eligible disaster recovery expenses over and above what they could reasonably be expected to bear on their own. Provinces and territories provide financial support to impacted communities based upon the criteria of their own disaster assistance program’s recovery plans and policies.

“As a result of the historic flooding experienced in New Brunswick this spring, the Government of Canada has responded quickly to provide financial assistance to the province through the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements,” said Fredericton MP Matt DeCourcey. “This financial assistance will help New Brunswick recover from the floods that ravaged its communities. The Government of Canada is committed to reducing the impact of natural disasters on Canadians, keeping them safe when disaster strikes and helping communities rebuild over the long term.”

DeCourcey attended for federal Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Ralph Goodale.

The purpose of the advance payment is to assist the province with the costs of the response and recovery phases. The money will cover costs such as paying claims filed by the members of the public and companies.