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Joint Statement on Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians in Central and Eastern Ontario

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Joint Statement on Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians in Central and Eastern Ontario

Ministry of Municipal Affairs

The following statement was issued today by Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Marie-France Lalonde, Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, on the recent flooding:

"We know that communities across Ontario have been facing difficult circumstances due to varying weather conditions and residual flooding from the spring melt and last week's heavy rainfall.

We want to thank and acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of emergency workers, municipal leaders, volunteers and residents who have been managing the disaster in their local communities across the province, including Minden Hills, Clarington, Prince Edward County, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and communities along the Ottawa River.

After visiting some of the hardest hit areas along the Ottawa River, as well as Minden Hills, and seeing firsthand the damage to local homes and small businesses, we want to reassure residents that we are working closely with our municipal partners to activate the province's Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program where it will be needed.

Helping individuals and communities to recover following a natural disaster has always been a priority for our government. That is why, in 2015, we replaced the outdated Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) with two distinct programs to better meet changing needs - Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) and Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO). The new programs are getting much-needed financial assistance into the hands of the people who need it most in a way that is faster, fairer and more transparent.

Areas in central and eastern Ontario, including areas along the Ottawa River, Renfrew County and Minden Hills, are now activated under the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program and additional areas are being assessed.

Individuals and small businesses affected by the recent flooding in eastern and central Ontario may be eligible to receive help with expenses. More information and detailed program guidelines are available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance, or by calling toll-free at 1-844-780-8925.

Our government is committed to helping individuals and communities recover following a natural disaster. We want to thank all of the volunteers, first responders and residents for the hard work and dedication that they have shown in dealing with the impacts of floods in central and eastern Ontario and other parts of the province."

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