Centre Wellington Receiving Ice Storm Damage Assistance
Ontario Funding Local Recovery Efforts
Ontario is providing financial support through the Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program to help the Township of Centre Wellington with its ice storm recovery efforts.
The ice storm uprooted trees and interrupted power in Centre Wellington from March 23 to March 25, 2016. The funds will help with costs associated with tree-cutting, clearing fallen limbs as well as any other emergency response. Eligible costs under the program may be as much as $333,000.
The Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program helps municipalities address extraordinary emergency response costs and damage to essential property or infrastructure like bridges, roads and public buildings, as a result of a natural disaster.
- The province delivers the Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program, which provides funding to eligible municipalities using a sliding scale, cost-sharing formula.
- A municipality may be eligible under the program if its disaster-related costs reach a threshold of three per cent of its Own-Purpose Taxation levy.
- Own Purpose Taxation is the amount of tax a municipality is eligible to collect to fund its own budget, minus certain adjustments, and is intended as an indicator of financial capacity.
- The program came into effect on March 1, 2016, replacing the public component of the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.
“Thanks to all of the people in Centre Wellington who worked diligently to repair the damage from last spring’s ice storm. The province is pleased to offer financial support to help the community recover.”