I am informed by the Canadian International Development Agency and the Department of Justice as follows:
(a) The compensation file originated in 1994 with the passing of Order in Council No. 11 on November 29, 1994. OIC No. 11 identified a series of firearms as prohibited weapons effective January 1, 1995. Of the firearms that have been turned in under OIC No. 11, 47 of these were deemed to be eligible for compensation resulting in payments totalling $36,009.77. Most of these payments have occurred in 1995 or the early part of 1996. By fiscal year the payments were as follows: 1995-96, $31,613.56; 1996-97, $1,110.17; and 1997-98, $3,286.04.
It should be noted that through these Canadian International Development Agency projects, arms are not purchased for cash, but are exchanged for coupons donated by the business community that can be redeemed for various consumable goods, such as food and clothing.