OTTAWA - International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan says Ottawa will match more donations, for a longer period of time, to help those suffering from flooding in Pakistan.
This morning with @iamIqraKhalid & @Shafqat_Ali_1 I hosted a meeting of the Canada-Pakistan Parliamentary Friendship Group to brief MPs on our recent visit to Pakistan with Minister @HarjitSajjan to survey the flood damage and meet officials, NGOs and impacted residents. pic.twitter.com/0jowGWM0SK— Salma Zahid (@SalmaZahid15) September 29, 2022
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Sept. 13 that the federal government would match up to $3 million in donations made to the Humanitarian Coalition and its dozen member charities.
That matching campaign was due to end on Wednesday.
In an interview, Sajjan says the campaign will go on and the amount is now capped at $5 million.
Canada also committed $25 million earlier this month to help with badly needed food, water, sanitation and health services, on top of the $5 million pledged in August.
After 2010 floods in Pakistan, the former Harper government pledged $71.8 million for relief efforts, including $46.8 million from donations Ottawa had matched.