City Of Peterborough To Issue Cheques Thursday
The City of Peterborough will be releasing the first batch of cheques for interim emergency assistance on Thursday, July 29. These cheques are in response to the applications that had been received by noon on Monday, July 26.
On July 21, Premier Dalton McGuinty announced $5 million in early assistance to the Peterborough communities damaged by the flood. The amount was a downpayment under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP). The same day, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing John Gerretsen hand-delivered cheques to the affected municipalities in anticipation of their request to be declared a disaster area.
Under ODRAP, each affected household will get $500 to cover emergency cleanup costs and essential needs. Small businesses will get up to $2,500 to cover emergency cleanup, repairs and inventory costs. These amounts will be reconciled with future ODRAP claims.
Peterborough Area Flood Relief Committee
Former city councilor Paul Ayotte chairs the newly formed Peterborough Area Flood Relief Committee. The committee's members include Dr. Brian Desdiens, Vice-Chair, and representatives from councils of the five affected areas: the City of Peterborough, the Townships of Smith-Ennismore-Lakefield, Otonabee-South Monaghan, Douro-Dummer and the County of Peterborough.
The relief committee and its subcommittees are appointed by the municipality and operate within provincial guidelines to raise funds and settle claims. The committee ensures that all claims are dealt with fairly and equitably.
Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program
The Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program provides financial assistance to residents, farmers, small businesses and non-profit organizations in Ontario municipalities, where essential property has been damaged as a result of a natural disaster. ODRAP helps recipients restore essential furnishings and property to pre-disaster condition.
Extreme Financial Hardship
In circumstances where victims suffer extreme financial hardship because of a natural disaster and the family income is below $24,000, ODRAP will provide help of up to $6,000 to cover items such as lost income, rent or special medical needs beyond the $500 for early emergency assistance.
To be eligible for an extreme hardship payment of up to $6,000, claimants must fill out forms for review by a subcommittee of the local disaster relief committee before payment can be made. The subcommittee includes representatives from the province.
The claim must be substantiated by income-related information and details regarding damage. The government is covering 100 per cent of the cost of extreme financial hardship applications so payments can be processed more quickly.
How To Get Help
Information and ODRAP claim forms are available from the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing website www.mah.gov.on.ca.
For information about ODRAP or how to make a claim, call toll-free 1-888-779-7767; TTY: 1-800-387-5559.