The Canadian government will give $25,000 to families of the Iranian plane crash victims to assist them with funeral arrangments and travel, among other “immediate needs.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday that the money will go to the 57 Canadian citizens and 29 permanent residents who died when Iran shot down the Ukrainian International Airlines passenger jet last week.
“This is a unique and unprecedented situation because of the international sanctions placed on Iran and the difficulties that imposes on these families,” he said. “These families have lost a loved one in extraordinary circumstances and the grieving is even more difficult as a result.”
Trudeau reiterated that he still expects Iran to compensate the victims.
“I want to be clear. We expect Iran to compensate these families. I have met them, they can’t wait weeks. They need support now,” he said at a news conference in Ottawa.