DRYDEN – The severe thunderstorm that hit Dryden on August 12 2016 caused severe flooding. The funds will help with highway repairs, replacing failed storm sewers, and emergency response costs. Eligible costs under the program may be as much as $499,800.
The Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program helps municipalities address extraordinary emergency response costs and damage to essential property or infrastructure like bridges, roads and public buildings, as a result of a natural disaster.
“Last summer’s flood caused heavy damage to municipal infrastructure in Dryden, and our government is pleased to offer support to help the community recover,” says Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs
- The province delivers the Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program, which provides funding to eligible municipalities using a sliding scale, cost-sharing formula.
- A municipality may be eligible under the program if its disaster-related costs reach a threshold of three per cent of its Own-Purpose Taxation levy.
- Own Purpose Taxation is the amount of tax a municipality is eligible to collect to fund its own budget, minus certain adjustments, and is intended as an indicator of financial capacity.
- The program came into effect on March 1, 2016, replacing the public component of the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.