NEWS RELEASE April 28, 2015 Halton Municipalities To Receive

April 28, 2015
Halton Municipalities To Receive Ice Storm Financial Relief
Ontario Providing Funds to Assist with Damage-Related Costs
HALTON— 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.
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.
Supporting municipalities is part of the government's economic plan to build Ontario up.
“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.”
— Indira Naidoo-Harris, M.P.P. Halton
"I am pleased that the province is honouring its commitment to provide financial support for Milton’s ice
storm recovery efforts. This funding will ease the burden on our taxpayers by covering the costs incurred by
the Town during this disaster."
— Gordon Krantz, Mayor of Milton
 The Ice Storm Assistance Program is a one-time disaster relief program for the December 2013
ice storm. It focuses on costs related to the immediate emergency response, such as setting up
warming centres, and the subsequent cleanup of debris necessary to protect public safety.
 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
Ice Storm Assistance Fact Sheet
Preparing for an Emergency
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