STORM RECOVERY UPDATE: Fort Erie to Meet with Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to Discuss Disaster Recovery Funding Program

CORRECTION (November 13, 2019) A Provincial Disaster Assessment Team is currently developing a report regarding private homeowner damage after the storm. The information will be provided to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing for a decision regarding the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program. More information will be provided once it becomes available.

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UPDATE (November 6, 2019) The Town of Fort Erie is currently working with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH) to assess the Town’s eligibility for the Province’s Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program.

On November 7, Town Staff will be meeting with the MMAH to discuss the aftermath of the severe weather storm, which hit Fort Erie on October 31, 2019. Following the meeting, MMAH will be touring the impacted areas of Fort Erie and gathering information.  

In order for a municipality to be eligible for the MDRA, it must demonstrate that it will incur extraordinary costs as a result of a natural disaster. The eligible expenses may include:

  • capital costs to repair public infrastructure or property
  • operating costs that go above regular budgets and are needed to protect public health, safety or access to essential services

If the Town of Fort Erie is accepted into the MDRA program, funding for private homeowners will also become available under the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program. Additional details will follow, as they become available.

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