PM announces assistance to New Zealand earthquake recovery

Ottawa, Ontario
3 March 2011

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced Canada’s contribution to help New Zealand with relief and recovery efforts following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck the Canterbury region on February 22, 2011. 

“Canadians were deeply saddened and shocked by the terrible toll this disaster has taken on the people of New Zealand,” Prime Minister Harper said.  “Canada is happy to provide assistance to help the people of Christchurch and the rest of the Canterbury region recover from this tragedy.”

Prime Minister Harper has spoken with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key about the devastating earthquake that has affected so many New Zealanders.  Canada is proud to make a $500,000 contribution to the Government of New Zealand’s Christchurch Earthquake Appeal, launched on February 27. 

The donations received through this global appeal will be used to help the communities, families and people of Christchurch and the rest of the Canterbury region in the ongoing recovery effort.  The Appeal is designed to complement efforts being undertaken by the New Zealand Red Cross and the Salvation Army.. The Government of New Zealand has expressed its intention to work alongside these organisations to make sure the funds are used effectively.