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Canada Matching Donations to Fund for Iran Plane Families

Canada Matching Donations to Fund for Iran Plane Families

Updated: January 22, 2020 01:34 PM

TORONTO (AP) - Canada's federal government says it will match donations to a fund set up to help families of those who died in the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran this month.

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Parliamentary Secretary Omar Algabra says the government will match individual donations to the Canada Strong fund, up to a total of $1.5 million Canadian (US$1.15 million.) Algabra says $600,000 Canadian (US$457,000) has been raised so far.

He says the funds will be used to support families as they navigate the long term impact of their tragic loss.

Last week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that his government will give Canadian $25,000 (US$19,122) to the families of each of the 57 citizens and 29 permanent residents of Canada who perished in the crash.

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