Two Important Alberta Wildfires Updates:
- The Government of Canada announced today the creation of a new ad hoc Cabinet committee that will coordinate federal efforts to help the thousands of Canadians affected by the wildfires that raged through Northern Alberta last week.
- The Committee will hold its first meeting on May 12, 2016 – and continue to meet as required to coordinate federal contributions to recovery and rebuilding efforts.
- 2. As part of its on-going efforts to assist the people of Fort McMurray, the Canadian Red Cross will be disbursing $50 Million in direct assistance to registered evacuees.
- The organization will distribute this financial assistance through an electronic funds transfer using the information provided by evacuees when registering. Other means will be used to reach those without an email or bank account.
- This funding – $600 per adult and $300 per child – will be in addition to assistance they receive from the Government of Alberta.
- More than 46,000 households have registered with the Canadian Red Cross. The organization is working as effectively and efficiently as possible in order to meet the needs of each and every individual, based on their unique situation.
- A family reunification service is being offered to family members separated during the evacuation, and for worried relatives across Canada who are trying to find loved ones.
The people of Fort McMurray can count on the full support of this government; we will weather this storm together – and together, we will rebuild.