Government of Canada

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Government of Canada Expands Matching Fund for Earthquake Relief

January 23, 2010

OTTAWA—The Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, today announced that the Government of Canada is expanding its matching fund for Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund to include all eligible donations above and beyond the original $50 million ceiling.

"The extraordinary response of Canadians in the tragic aftermath of the Haiti earthquake has once again demonstrated their compassion and generosity," said Minister Oda. "The enormity of the devastation is unimaginable and donations have already exceeded $67 million. We will keep matching individual donations dollar for dollar."

On January 14, Minister Oda announced the creation of the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. Through this fund, the Government of Canada will match the contributions of individual Canadians to eligible registered Canadian charitable organizations in support of humanitarian and recovery efforts in response to the earthquake in Haiti, made over the period of January 12 to February 12, 2010. The Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will allocate these funds to Canadian and international humanitarian and development organizations.

The breadth of the needs in Haiti requires the mobilization of extraordinary resources. The Government of Canada will continue its steadfast and significant response as demands shift from urgent humanitarian assistance to include early recovery and reconstruction efforts.

In addition to the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, the Canadian International Development Agency is providing $85 million in urgent humanitarian assistance and in response to appeals from UN agencies, the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and Canadian organizations, all of whom are working tirelessly to help those in Haiti.

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Jessica Fletcher
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of International Cooperation
Telephone: 819-953-6238

Media Relations Office
Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA)
Telephone: 819-953-6534

Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund

In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, the Government of Canada created the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. For every eligible dollar individual Canadians contribute to a registered charity responding to the Haiti earthquake, the Government of Canada will put one dollar into the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. To be eligible, donations must be:

  • Monetary, up to a maximum of $100,000;
  • made by an individual Canadian;
  • made to a registered charity that is receiving donations in response to the January 12 earthquake in Haiti;
  • specifically earmarked by such organizations for the purpose of responding to the earthquake;
  • made between January 12 and February 12, 2010.

To ensure that donations collected by registered charities will be matched through the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, the registered charities will need to attest to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), on or before February 26, the amount of eligible donations received.

CIDA will allocate money from the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund to established Canadian and international humanitarian and development organizations for relief efforts that benefit the people in Haiti. Decisions as to which organizations will receive funding will be based on the merit of their proposals to CIDA and their ability to deliver aid quickly and effectively, and will require that the organizations have significant in-country capacity to deliver humanitarian, early recovery or reconstruction assistance in Haiti.

For further information, please visit the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund website or contact CIDA's Public Inquiries Service:

Telephone: 819-997-5006
Toll free: 1-800-230-6349
Toll free for the hearing and speech impaired only: 1-800-331-5018