Canada's Aid to Haiti - 2 Vessels, Air Support, 1500 troops
Canada, a nation of 31 million, is doing its share in providing aid to Haiti. The outpouring of response from Canadians to the Red Cross has been overwhelming. Corporations have also donated around $5 Million.
In addition to continous airlifts with aid and equipment into Haiti, Canada has committed two ships, which will arrive in Port au Prince on Monday. A battle group based on the Vandoos (Royal 22nd Regiment) based in Valcartier, Quebec is on 24 hours notice to move. These troops will be tasked to provide security, provide engineering expertise and a Headquarters. A Disaster Response Assistance Team (DART) will also be dispatched.
To date some 593 Canadians have been evacuated back to Canada. Those evacuees are fast tracked through customs and immigration, picked up by bus from the tarmac and transported to a hotel, where they are met by friends and relatives.
Canada's Immigration Minister announced a fast track plan for family reunion for Haitians. Bureaucracy is the only impediment to this approach since many applications were lost or have not been found after the earthquake.
Kenney likened it to the approach during the Tsunami, where expedited applications took about three weeks.
In summary Canada is doing its fair share for a country its size. The Canadian government has pledged to match donations by Canadians up to an amount of $50 Million.