The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources Operations for British Columbia, and representatives from Canada’s forest industry have announced $4.5 million for a Canada-Tohoku Reconstruction Project.
“I am pleased to announce Canada’s support for this initiative, which complements other Canadian humanitarian assistance efforts in the aftermath of the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami,” said Minister Oliver. “The Reconstruction Project will help Japan rebuild some of its public facilities using wood and enable residents to move forward after these devastating natural disasters.”
The Government of Canada, through Natural Resources Canada, will contribute $2 million toward this initiative. The Government of British Columbia is providing $2 million, and Canada’s forest industry is donating $500,000. Today’s funding announcement is in addition to the more than $40 million in cash and in-kind donations contributed by Canadians and Canadian corporations, including $1.5 million that was previously provided by the Province and forest industry to the Red Cross for humanitarian aid.