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Ontario Helping Communities with Ice Storm Assistance

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Ontario Helping Communities with Ice Storm Assistance

Impacted Communities to Receive Funding

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing

Ontario is delivering on its commitment to help communities severely impacted by the December 2013 ice storm.  

The province has initiated final payments to the following municipalities:

Township of Centre Wellington - $297,543

Township of Mapleton - $23,009

Township of Puslinch - $44,923

In addition, the province has offered to provide municipalities and conservation authorities who have made claims for support with an interim payment to assist them with their budget planning while the rest of their claim is finalized. The remaining funding will be issued once the claims review is complete and eligible costs are verified.

The deadline to submit a claim to the Ice Storm Assistance Program was December 31, 2014. The province is carefully reviewing each claim received and is paying the eligible funds as quickly as possible. 

Supporting municipalities is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, building new public infrastructure like roads and transit, creating a dynamic, supportive environment where business thrives and building a secure savings plan so everyone can afford to retire.

Quick Facts

  • The province announced in February 2014 that it would pay 100 per cent of eligible disaster response and recovery costs to municipalities and conservation authorities severely affected by the December 2013 ice storm.
  • The Ice Storm Assistance Program is a one-time disaster relief program for the December 2013 ice storm. It focuses on costs related to the immediate emergency response, such as setting up warming centres, and the subsequent cleanup of debris necessary to protect public safety.
  • Ontario will be reimbursed by the federal government for a portion of the eligible response and recovery costs under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements.
  • The ice storm caused widespread damage and blackouts across southern, western and eastern Ontario. At the peak of the storm, over 800,000 hydro customers were without power.

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“Our government is pleased to provide financial relief to these municipalities and conservation authorities. Through this program, we’re helping Ontario communities get back on their feet and recover from this significant event.”

Ted McMeekin

Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

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