Canada adds $25 million to Lebanon aid
Shady Salah – Media in Toronto
The Canadian government has raised the financial support provided to Lebanon to $30 million, unveiling additional $25 million to help Lebanese people overcome the tragic explosion that jolted Beirut last Tuesday. Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, on Monday announced that Canada is providing an additional $25 million, for a total of $30 million, in assistance for the people of Lebanon following the explosion. This funding will help trusted partners address immediate humanitarian needs and support efforts for early recovery. The Government of Canada will also continue to match donations from Canadians through the Lebanon Matching Fund, up to a new expanded maximum of $5 million, according to a statement released from Trudeau’s office. Support announced today adds to the $5 million in humanitarian assistance that Canada provided for Lebanon last week, including an initial $1.5 million given immediately to trusted humanitarian organizations such as the Lebanese Red Cross. “I join Canadians across the country to mourn those who were lost in last Tuesday’s tragic explosion in Beirut, and to offer sincere condolences to their families and friends as they grieve this tragedy. I also encourage Canadians to donate to the Lebanon Matching Fund, and we will continue to match your generous donations. Together, we can support the people of Lebanon as they work to heal and rebuild,”Trudeau said.
- Canadians interested in supporting humanitarian action on the ground in Beirut through the Lebanon Matching Fund can donate to the Humanitarian Coalition or one of its members by August 24, 2020.
- Canada’s Humanitarian Coalition brings together leading humanitarian organizations to provide Canadians with a simple and effective way to help during international humanitarian disasters.
- Canadians in Lebanon who need emergency consular assistance should contact the Embassy of Canada in Beirut at 961 (4) 726-700 or firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre at +1 613-996-8885 or email@example.com