Province activates assistance Program for flood victims

BRANTFORD – Ontario has notified the City of Brantford that it has activated the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in flood-affected areas.

Deep thaw and heavy rains between February 19 and 21, 2018 led to flooding along the Grand River. Parts of Brantford were evacuated due to an ice jam that was released, sending water surging into the city. The program is being activated in areas along the Grand River where homes were damaged by flood water.

The government is closely monitoring other areas experiencing flooding. It may activate the program in these areas as flood impacts continue to be assessed in the coming days and weeks.

Affected individuals, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations that have experienced property damage or loss as a result of this disaster may be eligible to receive help with emergency and recovery expenses. The program provides reimbursement of expenses incurred but may also offer interim payments to those who need upfront help.

The program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a main small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. Damage from sewer backup is not eligible under the program except under special provisions for low-income households.

“I want to thank and acknowledge the extraordinary efforts of the emergency workers, municipal leaders, volunteers and residents who acted quickly and responded to those affected by the flooding in their communities,” said Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs.

More information and detailed program guidelines are available at or call toll-free 1-844-780-8925.

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