Canada Issues Calls For Proposals For Its Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund

by Joseph G. Lariosa

CHICAGO, Illinois (JGL) – After matching individual donors, who came up with $85-M cash donations for victims of super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), the government of Canada is not leaving the typhoon-affected people in the Philippines anytime soon.

The Canadian government through its Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD) headed by Christian Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, has launched a call for proposals to restore the livelihoods of typhoon-affected people in the Philippines. The Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance Call for Proposals has a total value of as much as $20.6 million over a period of four fiscal years: from 2015–2016 to 2018–2019. This call for proposals forms part of Canada’s Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund.

This call for proposals is open to Canadian organizations that are legally incorporated in Canada with at least five years of experience, managing and delivering post-disaster livelihoods.

Organizations that do not meet the minimum eligibility criteria but are interested in this call for proposals may consider the option of forming a consortium with a Canadian organization that meets all eligibility criteria.

Canadian organizations may submit only one application for this call for proposals, either on their own or as the lead organization of a consortium.


Projects funded under this call for proposals must align with the ultimate outcome of improving the economic well-being of women, men, girls and boys affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

The projects must also contribute to the achievement of at least one of the two following intermediate outcomes:

increased participation of women and men in the Philippines affected by the typhoon in sustainable and resilient economic activities; and/or

improved access to financial and business development services for microbusinesses, and small and medium-sized enterprises in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan, particularly those owned/operated by women.

DFATD may decide to fund any number, or none, of the proposals submitted for consideration. Each selected project would have an estimated DFATD contribution of between $3 million and $7 million.

Proposals must also address the department’s three crosscutting themes: increasing environmental sustainability, advancing equality between women and men, and helping to strengthen governance. Proposals should also demonstrate how disaster risk reduction considerations, in particular increasing people’s resiliency to future natural hazards, would be integrated.


The submission deadline is January 30, 2015, at 3 p.m. Eastern Time (UTC-5). Proposals received after this deadline will not be accepted. Application Form with Guidelines  can be downloaded through its website at

Partners and those interested in this and future calls for proposals are encouraged to visit the DFATD website and subscribe to the RSS feeds to get the most up-to-date information.

The Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance Call for Proposals was launched at the one-year anniversary of Haiyan’s landfall last Nov. 8 in Toronto, Ontario by Canada’s Minister of Finance Joe Oliver in the presence of Minister Paradis, Minister of International Development and La Francophonie, alongside Filipino Canadian Senator Tobias C. Enverga Jr., Philippine Ambassador to Canada  Petronila P. Garcia, and Patrick Brown, Member of Parliament for Barrie, before members of the local Filipino-Canadian community.

Minister Oliver also announced, on behalf of Minister Paradis, the Typhoon Haiyan Reconstruction Assistance Call for Proposals, valued at up to $20.6 million over a period of four years, is designed to help restore the livelihoods of people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan. It forms part of the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund through which the Government of Canada matched the $85 million in eligible donations made by individual Canadians.


“On this one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, we pay tribute to the resilience of the people in the Philippines affected by the storm, the work of our partners and the generosity of Canadians,’’ said Minister Oliver. “Our relationship with the Philippines and the Filipino-Canadian community is long and strong, and we will continue our support to help build a better future for the people of that country.”

Typhoon Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Yolanda, was one of the strongest tropical cyclones ever recorded. It devastated large parts of the Philippines. It is one of the deadliest typhoons on record in that country, causing more than 6,000 deaths and affecting 16 million people.

From the very beginning, Canada has played a leading role in the global response to the impact of the typhoon by providing significant humanitarian assistance to meet the immediate and early recovery needs of affected people and by deploying a number of experts from various Government of Canada departments to support a broad range of critical needs faced by the Filipino authorities.

“Last year I saw first-hand the resolve and the determination of the people of the Philippines to overcome the crisis, as well as the compassion and dedication shown by Canadian humanitarian workers who went to the Philippines to help those in the worst of circumstances,” said Minister Paradis. “Canadians feel strongly about helping to support communities affected by natural disasters and other emergencies abroad. We will always stand at the ready to provide humanitarian assistance to people who need it.”

When Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on November 8, 2013, Canada was already putting in place a rapid, lifesaving, whole-of-government response working closely with the Filipino-Canadian community, humanitarian partners and the Government of the Philippines.


On November 10, 2013, Canada established the Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund through which more than $85 million in eligible donations by individual Canadians were matched by the Government of Canada

Canada also sent relief supplies such as tents, blankets, water purification tablets, shelter kits, and other essential items from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada’s emergency stockpile Elements of the Canadian Armed Forces’ Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) were also deployed to support relief efforts by providing clean water, and logistical support, including addressing pressing needs on Panay Island.

Citizenship and Immigration Canada also expedited the processing of immigration applications for those affected by Typhoon Haiyan which it had before the tragedy. By September 2014, nearly 2,100 applications had been approved after being expedited as part of the special immigration measures.

In 2014, the Philippines was confirmed as a country of focus for the Government of Canada’s international development efforts.

In a statement at the one-year anniversary of Haiyan, Minister Paradis said, “As we mark the anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan making landfall in the Philippines, I invite all Canadians to remember those who were lost in the storm. It’s important to reflect on the major role that Canada and its citizens can, and must, play to help those who are unable to overcome the challenges that stand in their way.”

There are about 662,600 Filipino Canadians, according to 2011 Canada’s Census.


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