Oakville welcomes provincial ice storm relief funding

Oakville welcomes provincial ice storm relief funding
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Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw

Gisele Shaw is the Manager of Corporate Communication for the town of Oakville since 2002. Prior to working for the town she worked for Halton Region as a communications specialist. She is a graduate of Humber College.

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Oakville will benefit from the provincial government announcement of help for municipalities affected by the December 2013 ice storm.  Linda Jeffrey, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, declared that the province will work with the federal government to fund 100 per cent of eligible recovery costs through a one-time Ice Storm Assistance Program.

“It is great to live in a province where the Premier and the Minister responsible have listened to our concerns and acted,” Mayor Rob Burton said. “I’m very pleased that the provincial government is stepping up for the residents of the communities that suffered so badly.”

Eligible costs and program details are still being finalized. It is anticipated that the program will cover costs related to the immediate emergency response, such as setting up warming centres and the subsequent cleanup of debris necessary to protect public safety.

“The Town of Oakville looks forward to continuing to work with the provincial government to assess the storm related damage and seek compensation to the fullest extent from the available relief fund,” Mayor Burton added.

Oakville’s damage and clean-up costs from the storm are estimated to range from $3 million to $3.5 million.

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