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Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Tsunami Debris Cleanup Funding

Province of BC, Ministry of Environment
The Great East Japan earthquake and tsunami of March 6, 2011 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.

Application Intake
The remaining funds are available for projects occurring between April 2016 and January 2017 with all required reporting to be submitted to the Province by February 28, 2017. Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2016. Keep in mind when planning for beach cleanups that the Province’s review and approval process can take up to four weeks.  This is especially important where cleanup work could be constrained by weather, tide or other factors.

Proposals should be emailed in PDF format to:
Vickie Jackson, Manager-Division Operations for Environmental Protection,

Eligible Applicants
Funds are available to coastal First Nations, related First Nations associations, local governments impacted by and supporting tsunami debris cleanup activities and not-for-profit agencies that conduct or coordinate cleanup activities as part of their regular operations.
Contact Name: Vickie Jackson
Subject Area(s): Environmental Protection and Management, Waste
Last Reviewed: May 28, 2020, 1:26 pm
Deadline: No Official Deadline
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