Tsunami Debris Funding Available

The provincial government is currently accepting applications from local governments to support tsunami debris clean up activities. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2016.

This funding was made available by the Government of Japan following the Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami of March 6, 2011, which resulted in debris transiting the Pacific Ocean and depositing on North American shores. Although there is no responsibility to be borne by Japan for the impact of this devastating natural disaster, the Japanese people, through the Government of Japan graciously offered to assist British Columbians with their cleanup effort. The Government of Canada accepted those funds and has provided them to the Province of British Columbia to be administered by the Ministry of Environment.

These funds have been made available to assist coastal communities, through local governments, First Nations and non-profit organizations with tsunami debris cleanup activities. Several agreements for cleanup activities were entered into in 2013-14 with most being extended to March 2016.

Funds (approximately $250,000) remain available from the original gift from the Government of Japan. These will be disbursed, under Shared Cost Arrangements, for projects taking place between April 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

The total amount available is limited to the grant provided by the Government of Japan. There are no provisions for any funding related to tsunami debris from either federal or provincial agencies beyond this.

Proposals should be emailed in PDF format to Vickie Jackson, Manager of Division Operations, Ministry of Environment.

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