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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance to Support Residents in the Municipality of French River

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Ontario Government Activates Disaster Recovery Assistance to Support Residents in the Municipality of French River

TORONTO - Our government is activating the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in the Municipality of French River. The safety of those affected by this natural disaster is our government's top priority.

Heavy rainfall and snow melt led to severe flooding across many parts of northern, central and eastern Ontario. The municipality declared a state of emergency on May 26, 2019 after high water levels on the French River caused flooding in the community. 

The disaster assistance program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster not covered by insurance. To find out if they are eligible for assistance, if they are in the activation area and for next steps, individuals, small businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations should review the map [PDF] and program guidelines available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance, or call 1-844-780-8925 or email disasterassistance@ontario.ca after speaking with their private insurance provider.

Residents will have until November 8, 2019 to apply for assistance through the program.

Event type: Flood
Event date: May 25, 2019
Application deadline: November 8, 2019

"I want to thank all the first responders and those on the ground who have helped those displaced by flooding in the Municipality of French River," said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. "Our government will continue working with municipalities to assess the damage caused by the extreme spring flooding we've experienced across the province."

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