Canadians who were directly impacted by the hurricane Fiona will receive free replacement documents
Canadians who were directly impacted by the hurricane will receive free replacement documents like travel documents and citizenship certificates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). These documents will also expire on the same day that the originals that were destroyed or lost would have.
The special measures for the Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund (HFRF) will take effect retroactively from September 24, 2022 and will continue until further notice. During this time period, Canadians and permanent residents will not have to pay any fees to replace documents and can submit their applications for the Fund.
Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Sean Fraser, announced today that fees for replacing lost or destroyed important documents such as travel documents and citizenship certificates will be waived. The statement was made by Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor, who is also responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister of Official Languages.
The Canadian government is still making aggressive efforts to help those who were directly touched by the disaster in addition to the relief provided through the Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund.
Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund Rebuilding livelihoods and safeguarding the economy
The Hurricane Fiona Recovery Fund (HFRF) is a federal government program that will provide up to $300 million over 2 years to support local communities and businesses affected by the storm and to help long-term recovery efforts. The HFRF is intended to fill gaps for those who may not qualify under their insurance or other existing federal and provincial support measures. The Fund is coordinated by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), which will work with other federal departments and agencies to determine local recovery needs, develop targeted initiatives to assist in recovery and rebuilding, and allocate funds accordingly.
Building on the government’s ongoing response to Hurricane Fiona in Atlantic Canada and Eastern Quebec, the HFRF will support recovery efforts such as:
- helping local communities and businesses rebuild and recover from the impacts of Hurricane Fiona
- restoring the economic activity that local communities depend on by repairing and rebuilding critical infrastructure, including fishing wharves and small craft harbours damaged or destroyed by the storm
- ensuring the safety of navigation and protecting marine wildlife
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