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Disaster relief on the way for Wawa

Friday, December 07, 2012   by: Staff



Disaster relief on the way for Wawa

McGuinty government helping families and businesses rebuild

Ontario is helping Wawa rebuild and recover from recent flood damage.

The province has committed nearly $7 million to help the community, including:

  • Up to $3.5 million under the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) for emergency costs and essential infrastructure repairs.
  • Up to $400,000 under ODRAP for private damage costs to help affected individuals and small businesses that lost essential property in the flood.
  • Up to $1.5 million in capital funding for bridge replacement.
  • $1.5 million for provincial highway repairs in the immediate aftermath of the flood.

The McGuinty government is committed to providing emergency relief in the wake of natural disasters to help communities rebuild infrastructure and restore their local economies.

Quick facts

The Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program helps municipalities, individuals, farmers, small businesses and non-profit organizations in designated disaster areas cover repair and rebuilding costs.

Wawa will establish a local Disaster Relief Committee to assess applications under the private component of ODRAP. Ontario will match funds raised by the committee on a 2 to 1 ratio.


"I want to thank Mayor Linda Nowicki for welcoming me to the community last month and for working so closely with us to ensure we could address Wawa’s needs. I know this funding will help Wawa’s hard-working families and local businesses rebuild what they lost. We are actively exploring other forms of provincial support that are available to the municipality, its residents and businesses." - Bob Chiarelli, minister of municipal affairs and housing


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anapeg 12/7/2012 11:00:56 AM Report

Even though I have watched our government operate now for 63 years it still astounds me how long it takes them to do what needs be done. They help after all the work is done. They are at least consistent. After themselves, we who elect them come first.
BlackHelix 12/7/2012 11:37:47 AM Report

@anapeg If the work is already done, where is all the money going?
sportsfan17 12/7/2012 12:48:52 PM Report

Just because the work was done, doesn't mean the bill was necessarily paid yet. I'm assuming this will go to cover some or all of those costs. Although it doesn't seem like enough to cover all of them really.
anapeg 12/7/2012 2:27:15 PM Report

BlackHelix; one can but guess. The highway opened quite some time ago, did it not? Ipso facto, the work is done. Of private enterprise and private home's, I have had no word but unless everyone is residing in Motels, the work is done. Just how long does it take for some moolyuk in Ottawa to be informed of a disaster in his or her riding?
It is not unlike coming across a very long strange dog. The front "looks" happy but you wait for the tail to reciprocate just to be sure.
To be sure some will go to pay for work provided and completed but alas neither you nor I will ever be fully aware why the wait or where the funds end up.
BlackHelix 12/7/2012 3:43:18 PM Report

Exactly. So you agree that your comment makes no sense?
anapeg 12/7/2012 3:48:01 PM Report

It makes perfect sense so I will admit to nothing. Your not understanding does not prelude the point being made.
MTL 12/7/2012 9:11:39 PM Report

Fact of the matter is, there was more damage than the two highway washouts, which most don't know because media coverage was limited. All of the money is needed to cover the bills incured by the town of Wawa. Although I don't live there, I am grateful to see the provincial government kick in and help. I just hope it's enough. The town is already in financial trouble, due to the province.
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