Ontario Has Offered All Final Ice Storm Assistance Payments
Province Providing More Than $131 Million in Financial Assistance
Ontario has now offered final payments to all municipalities and conservation authorities impacted by the December 2013 ice storm through the province's Ice Storm Assistance Program.
Ontario 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 storm. The province immediately began working with municipalities and conservation authorities to obtain documentation for their claim submissions and worked closely with them through the claims process. As municipalities and conservation authorities completed their submissions, the province offered interim and final payments beginning in February 2015. Ontario worked with some municipalities until December 2015 to help finalize more complex claims.
Every municipality and conservation authority who submitted a claim received interim and final payment offers. In total, 58 claims were received and the province is providing more than $131 million in financial assistance. Ontario is committed to working with municipalities who may have outstanding questions about their final payment offers.
Providing assistance after natural disasters is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up. The four-part plan includes investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan.
- 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.
- The province issued interim payments to eligible claimants of about one-third of the claimed amount in advance of a completed review.
- 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.
“Our government has remained committed to providing assistance to those municipalities and conservation authorities that were severely impacted by the December 2013 ice storm. We will continue to stand with our cities, towns and citizens when they are in great need.”