Oakville Received Ice Storm Financial Relief

$6,375,716.95 or 117% above the claim was received by the town.

Oakville Ice Storm Update, December 2013, Oakville News
Oakville Received Ice Storm Financial Relief

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Indira Naidoo-Harris

Indira Naidoo-Harris

Indira Naidoo-Harris was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2014 as the MPP for Halton, and currently serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, focusing on long-term care. In the 1990s to work for CBC-TV’s The National and Midday News, and more recently as an anchored for CBC Newsworld, CBC’s The National and CTV Newsnet, as well as for local stations CBC Toronto, CBC Ottawa, TVO and OMNI Television. She has also anchored for CBC Radio regional and national programs, including World Report and The World at Six, and hosted the current affairs shows Cross Country Check-Up and The Current. Naidoo-Harris has won numerous awards for her work and volunteerism in national and international causes.

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Ontario is moving ahead with its commitment to provide financial assistance to municipalities severely affected by the December 2013 ice storm.

On February 26, 2014, the former Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing announced that the province would fund close to 100 per cent of eligible municipal response and recovery costs through a one-time Ice Storm Assistance Program.

According to Environment Canada, ice accumulation reached up to 30mm in parts of Southern Ontario, leading to downed trees and problems with local transportation networks. At the peak of the storm, close to 830,000 hydro customers were without power.

A breakdown of financial support received by the municipalities in the Halton riding is as follows:

  • Milton received $1,857,521.07 (99% of funds claimed)
  • Oakville received $6,375,716.95 (117% of funds claimed)
  • The final payment for Burlington is still being processed
  • The Regional Municipality of Halton received $2,829,983.92 (99% of funds claimed)

These costs were originally incurred in order to ensure public safety and to secure access to public roads,sidewalks, and frequently traveled routes.

This is great news for Halton! With this support, the Ontario government is delivering on its commitment to assist those municipalities severely impacted by the 2013 ice storm. This funding is vital to helping cover damage-related costs and will go a long way to keeping our local communities strong.

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Readers Comments (1)

  1. Gordon Brennan says:

    Thank you Indira for the update and for the cash, however, perhaps if we are Proactive for additional Climate Change events then we will not have to obtain extra monies from The Province after we have to clean-up. Such as heated roads, and buried Hydro. (Many more changes can be done.)

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