Ontario is providing financial support through the Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program to help the Township of Tay Valley with recovery efforts for flood damage that occurred last year.
Significant rainfall in May 2017, and the release of water from Bobs Lake Dam in Bolingbroke, resulted in flooding in the Bobs Lake, Tay River and Christie Lake areas. The funds will help offset costs for road repairs in Tay Valley. The township may be eligible for as much as $126,226 in provincial funding under the program.
The MDRA program helps municipalities address extraordinary emergency response costs and damage to essential property or infrastructure like bridges, roads and public buildings, as a result of a natural disaster.
“Helping communities recover after natural disasters is a priority for our government. I am pleased that Tay Valley is able to access the funding it needs to make essential repairs to local infrastructure that was damaged by last year’s spring floods.”
— Bill Mauro, Minister of Municipal Affairs
- The province delivers the MDRA program, which provides funding to eligible municipalities using a cost-sharing formula.
- A municipality may be eligible under the MDRA program if its disaster-related costs reach a threshold of three per cent of its Own-Purpose Taxation levy.
- The MDRA program was activated in Clarence-Rockland, Frontenac Islands, Horton, Killaloe, Hagarty and Richards and Lincoln in 2017 to help offset costs associated with flood recovery efforts and damage to public infrastructure. Ontario has committed up to $2.3 million to help cover response costs and damage to infrastructure in these communities.