November 17, 2021

Dear Constituents, 

MP Vis is in Ottawa advocating on behalf of B.C. residents devastated by the recent weather events that have resulted in untold billions in property damage.  

While the situation on the ground is rapidly evolving and there remain many unknowns, MP Vis is committed to sharing as much information as quickly as possible about his ongoing efforts. 

BC Flooding 

Ensuring the safety of those affected is of primary importance. We thank all first responders for their ongoing efforts to search for and evacuate residents.  

This morning MP Vis and several BC MPs met with the Hon. Bill Blair, federal minister for Emergency Preparedness. Their immediate request for military support was confirmed as being met and the Canadian Armed Forces are working in concert with provincial authorities. 

The discussion included the federal government’s commitment to recovery efforts and identified the importance of adaptation and resiliency – British Columbians are nothing if not resilient. A federal review of critical infrastructure will be conducted to guide recovery. Food security measures, animal welfare and feed concerns were also discussed, as was support for Lytton, B.C. 

From our office's engagement with Emergency Management BC we can share that staff from the provincial ministry of Agriculture are in contact with farmers to assess and address immediate needs, including the relocation of animals and arranging of emergency feed. These discussions are ongoing and include identifying existing federal and provincial government insurance and income protection programs to support B.C. producers. 

Later today MP Vis is meeting with the Hon. Omar Alghabra, federal minister for Transportation Canada to receive an update on rail infrastructure. 

Recovery from the successive natural disasters experienced this year by Mission–Matsqui–Fraser Canyon will not occur overnight. This will be an involved process which MP Vis is fully committed to over the short, medium, and long-term. 

BC CPC Caucus Statement: 

BC's Conservative Caucus has released this statement on BC Flooding. 

Emergency Information:  

Evacuees affected by flooding and mudslides should register online at BC's Evacuation and Registration Assistance webpage or by phone at 1-800-585-9559, even if they do not require shelter, to receive all available supports and information. 

Residents should regularly check EmergencyInfoBC for updates on Evacuation Orders & Alerts, as well as the current list of reception centres. 

Updates are also on Twitter: @EmergencyInfoBC and @DriveBC and @BCGovNews 

If you have any questions or need help finding resources, please contact our office at 604.814.5710 or [email protected]. 

Stay safe,  

Office of Brad Vis, MP   

Mission—Matsqui—Fraser Canyon