Ontario Helping Recovery Efforts in Ottawa

Source: 
Government of Ontario

Province will provide over $1.5 million in funding to get city back on its feet

OTTAWA - As recovery efforts continue in the Ottawa region, the Government for the People is using every program and tool available to assist those in tornado affected areas. The Premier, has announced additional funding of $1.568 million to help in the recovery effort has been sent to the Ottawa region.

The funding will be used to support non-governmental organizations involved in removing debris from private residences; support tree removal on private and commercial properties; and supplement Public Works and Forestry capacity to remove debris. 

Provincial officials are working to support the City of Ottawa's Recovery Task Force, as well as the city's Community Support Centres. The province's Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program, designed to help people affected by natural disasters get back on their feet, was activated on September 22, and has now determined eligible neighbourhoods for applications. Beyond Ottawa, the program is also helping those affected in the Township of Greater Madawaska, and the downburst in the Township of Central Frontenac. 

Provincial actions taken to date and underway include:

  • Coordinating assistance to Ottawa through the Provincial Emergency Operations Centre as well as deploying staff to the City of Ottawa Emergency Operations Centre 
  • Working with the Electrical Safety Authority to ensure reconnection inspections are occurring in a timely manner 
  • Liaising with the Insurance Bureau of Canada to help resolve claims as quickly as possible 
  • Multiple Provincial Disaster Assessment Teams were deployed to the area 
  • Mental health specialists from the Emergency Medical Assistance Team have been sent to the Nepean Sportsplex (Community Support Centre) and West Carleton Secondary School to provide onsite support 
  • ServiceOntario is waiving certain service fees, and offering free driver's licence or Ontario Photo Card replacements for those in affected areas 
  • Coordinating with telecommunications critical infrastructure partners
  • Working with energy sector partners to restore power and ensure hydro crews are adequately supported and resourced 
  • Extended hours at waste disposal sites to support the recovery plan 
  • Assisted with debris removal on provincial highways 

Background: New funding announcement 

The province is providing up to $1.568 million to the City of Ottawa per its request in additional assistance to clear debris, which includes:

    • $290,000 towards supporting not-for-profit organizations involved in removing debris from private residences
    • $500,000 towards removal of downed trees from private residences
    • $778,000 towards supplementing Public Works and Forestry capacity to remove debris from affected areas covering:
      • Continued funding of tree-removal claw trucks to complete removal of large trees ($253,000)
      • Contract and payment for additional forestry crews to restore parks and public areas of the city ($275,000)
      • Funding towards removal and grinding of 10,000 metric tons of logs and brush on city streets and public areas in the Arlington Woods neighbourhood ($250,000)

This funding is in addition to the $140,000 already committed for disposal bins and specialized tree removal equipment.

Hydro One and Hydro Ottawa crews continue working to restore power, and request that anyone using a generator please keep it outdoors.

If you have been affected and need someone to talk to, mental health and counselling services are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week at www.crisisline.ca or by phone at 613-722-6914 within Ottawa, or 1-866-996-0991 across Canada.

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