Column: May 16, 2019

Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs has initiated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians Program for the City of Ottawa, ‎which may provide financial assistance to residents affected by the flooding. Information about the program is available at www.Ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance to help individuals, small owner-operated businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations cover emergency expenses and repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster.

Fees waived by ESA

The Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) has waived reconnection fees in regard to the restoration of electrical services in flood damaged areas. For any residents who have already paid this fee, a full refund will be provided through ESA’s customer service centre at 1-877-372-7233.

Deferral of tax bills & help with plans to rebuild

On May 8, City Council approved giving more time to property owners affected by flooding to pay their 2019 property taxes. The final payment for property taxes this year is due on Thursday, June 20. Council is extending that due date to Thursday, December 5 for owners whose dwellings were flooded. Go to ottawa.ca for more information. Council also approved a motion to help residents in the flooded areas rebuild without needing to pay building fees or obtaining minor variances.

Canadian Red Cross help

Homeowners that have been directly impacted by spring flooding may receive financial aid from the Red Cross to help meet their immediate needs. Affected residents, where this is their primary residence, may receive up to $600 to help meet their immediate needs. To receive this assistance, impacted households need to be registered with the Red Cross. To register:

• Call: 1-800-863-6582
• Online at redcross.ca
• In-person at designated community centres (Red Cross Services)

Full details of assistance available can be found at redcross.ca/gethelp. Only one registration per household. Funds will be provided through e-transfer or a prepaid cash card.

Temporary road closure - Upper Dwyer Hill Road

On May 8, Upper Dwyer Hill Road, between Vaughan Side Road and Carroll Side Road, was closed due to an emergency culvert replacement. The road closure will be remain in effect for at least the next couple of weeks until the new culvert can be installed. Detour signage is in place.