This release was issued under a previous government.

“We know Albertans are stepping up to help the people of Fort McMurray; that’s what Albertans do when people are in need. The most effective thing people can do right now is make donations to the Red Cross, knowing our government will match those funds.”

Rachel Notley, Premier

Donations can be made at the Red Cross website or by phoning 1-800-418-1111.

The Alberta government has made a commitment to support the people of Fort McMurray and area, based on a clear understanding of their needs.

The Premier has been in conversation with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau about support for the wildfire and post-fire recovery operations. In addition to matching donations, the Government of Alberta will provide the Red Cross with $2 million in seed money to help kick-start operations.