Ontario Supports Flood Recovery Efforts and Preparedness in MattawaApril 2, 2020
MATTAWA — Ontario is providing Mattawa up to $2,263,633.55 in financial support to help with recovery efforts related to flooding that occurred in spring 2019. This will go towards eligible costs to repair three main roads, culverts, water main crossing, sewers and a major municipal bridge.
The funding is being provided through Ontario’s Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program, which helps eligible municipalities recover from extraordinary costs after a natural disaster.
“The safety of Ontarians is a top priority for our government,” said Nipissing MPP Vic Fedeli. “When natural disasters like last spring’s historic flooding occur, our Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program plays a key role in helping municipalities recover.”
Many of the spring 2019 floods were caused by a combination of weather conditions: colder-than-average winter and spring, higher-than-average snowpack, lack of significant winter thaw, rapid snow melt and significant rain events in the spring.
In the aftermath of last year’s natural disaster, the government developed Ontario’s Flooding Strategy to better protect people and communities from the effects of flooding in the future by reducing the risk and helping Ontarians better prepare for these types of events.
“Dealing with unexpected natural disasters is always a challenge. That is why our government is proud to help Mattawa manage the financial impacts resulting from last year’s flooding,” said MPP Fedeli.”
- Eligible expenses under MDRA may include operating and capital costs that are over and above regular municipal budgets and are directly linked to the disaster.
- A municipality may be eligible for the MDRA program if its disaster-related costs reach a threshold of three per cent of its Own-Purpose Taxation
- The government also offers assistance under the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians To date, the government has provided disaster recovery funding assistance of over $7.5 million to affected individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations as a result of spring 2019 flooding
MPP Fedeli’s Office