Government Expands Activation Area For Disaster Recovery Assistance To The Muskoka Lakes

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The government has expanded the activation area for the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program in the District of Muskoka to provide financial assistance to eligible applicants affected by flooding in the Township of Muskoka Lakes. The safety of Ontarians affected is our government’s top priority.

The program was activated on May 3, 2019 in the Town of Bracebridge and the Town of Huntsville after heavy rainfall and snow melt led to severe flooding across central Ontario. The province has identified additional properties in the Township of Muskoka Lakes that were damaged and may be eligible for assistance under the program.

The disaster assistance program applies to a primary residence and its basic contents, or to a small business, farm or not-for-profit organization. It provides assistance for emergency expenses and the costs to repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster that are not covered by insurance. To find out if they are eligible for assistance, if they are in the activation area and for next steps, individuals, small businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations should review the map and program guidelines available at ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance, or call 1-844-780-8925 or email disasterassistance@ontario.ca after speaking with their private insurance provider.

The deadline to submit claims for applicants remains the same as the initial program activation: August 29, 2019.

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