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Ontario provides Red Lake with forest fire recovery support

April 6, 2021
By The Government of Ontario

Apr. 6, 2021, Red Lake, Ont. – The Ontario government is providing the Municipality of Red Lake with up to $578,080 in provincial disaster recovery funding to help cover the costs of air and land evacuation and emergency services to ensure the safety of residents. This financial support is being provided through the Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program.

In August 2020, Red Lake was threatened by a forest fire that required local officials to evacuate the community.

“Natural disasters can cause extensive damage and often lead to unexpected costs for municipalities. The Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance program is one way that our government helps municipalities when they need it the most,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This program ensures that municipalities, like Red Lake, do not face unfair financial burdens as a result of taking action to protect their residents from natural disasters.”

Ontario’s MDRA program helps municipalities address extraordinary emergency response costs as well as damage to essential property or infrastructure like bridges, roads and public buildings, as a result of a natural disaster.

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“The safety of Ontarians is a top priority for our government and we are proud to help Red Lake manage the financial impact of keeping local residents safe during the August 2020 forest fire,” said Greg Rickford, MPP for Kenora – Rainy River. “I want to thank the Red Lake firefighters, emergency responders, municipal officials and volunteers, for their tremendous efforts and bravery to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community.”


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