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$1 billion in emergency funding to begin rebuilding communities

The Government of Alberta has approved $1 billion as part of the first phase of emergency recovery and reconstruction funding for southern Alberta families and communities.

“Yesterday, we promised that our government would take steps to help the more than 100,000 displaced Albertans that were affected by this flood,” said Premier Alison Redford. “Today we’re taking action.”

To help the people who are still displaced and can’t go home, government will provide pre-loaded debit cards that will help with their immediate housing needs and day-to-day purchases. Those who qualify will receive $1,250 per adult and $500 per child. Eligibility criteria and distribution plans are being finalized. Government expects to have these cards in place by mid-week. Further details will be announced as soon as they are available.

“For those Albertans affected by the floods, let me assure you that we will do everything in our power to support recovery and reconstruction,” said Premier Redford. “We will rebuild together and our communities will be stronger than ever before.”

The $1 billion emergency recovery and reconstruction funding has been allocated from Alberta’s Contingency Fund to provide immediate support to Alberta families and communities. The emergency funding will provide:

  • direct funding support for residents who have been evacuated (eligibility to be determined);
  • support for relief centres, including food, clothes and supplies; and
  • resources to start rebuilding bridges, waterways, and other critical infrastructure .

The Associate Ministers responsible for regional recovery and reconstruction in southern Alberta -  Greg Weadick (South East Region), Kyle Fawcett (South West Region), and Rick Fraser (High River) - will work with their regions to make sure they get the support they need.

Links to emergency information, community contacts and disaster recovery is available at www.alberta.ca. Watch for Government of Alberta updates on Twitter at #abflood

Our government was elected to keep building Alberta, to live within its means and to fight to open new markets for Alberta’s resources. We will continue to deliver the responsible change Albertans voted for.

 

Media inquiries may be directed to:
Neala Barton
Director of Media Relations
Office of the Premier of Alberta
780-422-4905
Neala.Barton@gov.ab.ca
@nealabarton

To call toll free within Alberta dial 310-0000.