Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing



Province to Cover Ice Storm Recovery Costs

Ontario Providing Assistance to Impacted Municipalities

February 26, 2014 1:47 p.m.


Ontario is helping municipalities affected by the December 2013 ice storm by working with the federal government to fund 100 per cent of their eligible recovery costs through a one-time Ice Storm Assistance Program.

While program details are still being finalized, eligible costs may be as much as $190 million based on estimates from municipalities. It is anticipated that the program would 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.

Costs incurred by the province for a natural disaster of this size qualify for federal government assistance under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements program. Ontario intends to seek federal reimbursement for costs under this program.

As many municipalities continue to clean up, the province is working with them to assess the damage and determine the full extent of ice storm related costs.



" Ontario is stepping up to the plate and supporting our cities and towns with the costs incurred in the aftermath of the December ice storm. Our new program will provide the financial support the affected communities need to fully recover from this significant event."
- Linda Jeffrey
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing




Mike Maka Minister's Office

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