Ottawa pledges to match funds raised for families of Iran plane crash victims
Debris is seen from an Ukrainian plane which crashed as authorities work at the scene in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran's main airport, killing all onboard. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)
The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, January 22, 2020 1:29PM EST
TORONTO - The federal government says it will contribute to a national campaign to help cover funeral costs for families affected by the deadly plane crash in Iran earlier this month.
The prime minister's parliamentary secretary, Omar Alghabra, says Ottawa will match funds raised during the Canada Strong campaign launched days after the Jan. 8 crash.
The campaign, organized by Paramount Fine Foods founder Mohamad Fakih, aims to raise $1.5 million for those who lost loved ones when a Ukrainian passenger plane was shot down by the Iranian military.
Alghabra says the federal government will match all contributions up to the campaign goal.
He says the campaign has raised just shy of $600,000 so far.
All 176 people on board flight PS752 died during the crash just outside of Tehran, including 138 people who were bound for Canada.