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Province matches flood donations 2 to 1, up to $3m; donate by Dec. 15

MPPs Eleanor McMahon (l) & Indira Naidoo-Harris announce $3m flood relief from province.
MPPs Eleanor McMahon (l) & Indira Naidoo-Harris announce $3m flood relief from province.

The Ontario government is assisting the City of Burlington with flood recovery efforts by providing matching funds for all donations raised to date in the community. On Nov. 10, MPPs Eleanor McMahon (Burlington) and Indira Naidoo-Harris (Halton) announced 2-to-1 matching funds, up to a maximum of $3 million.

So far, the community has raised just under $1 million for flood relief. Funds will continue to be collected until Dec. 15. You can still donate here: Burlington flood relief donations There are also flood relief T-shirts still available for sale. Makes a great Christmas gift – and for a great cause!. Adults and children’s sizes available. Contact me if you’re interested: <marianne.meedward@burlington.ca>

The provincial grant is provided through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP). Funding will help residents in affected areas repair homes and small businesses, and replace essential property. The deadline for applying for flood relief is also Dec. 15. Apply here: Flood claim form.

The Ontario government will continue to work with the municipality and residents to assess the full extent of damage and determine all eligible costs.

Four communities receive ODRAP

Burlington is one of four communities to receive ODRAP funding. The Ontario government is providing up to $6.8 million in assistance under the ODRAP to communities across the province that experienced natural disasters in spring and summer 2014.

The four communities are:

  • City of Burlington – up to $3 million under the private component for an Aug. 4, 2014, flood.

  • City of St. Catharines – up to $600,000 under the private component for a July 28, 2014, flood.

  • Municipality of Lambton Shores – up to $720,000 under the public component for a July 27, 2014, tornado.

  • Township of Emo, Town of Fort Frances, Township of La Vallee and Town of Rainy River – up to $2.47 million under the public component for a June/July 2014 flood.

I was inspired to seek public office because I believe, like so many of you, “I can do something about that” on the issues we face. As councilor, my role is to take a stand on what’s best for residents and go to bat for it. Pushback is inevitable from those who don’t have the community’s interests at heart. I will stand with you and for you, to achieve the best interests of our city, without caving to unacceptable compromise in the name of consensus.

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