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  • December 17, 2015

York Region Receives Assistance for Ice Storm Recovery from the Province

Ontario Helping Communities Impacted by 2013 Ice Storm

York Region MPPs Reza Moridi, Steven Del Duca, Chris Ballard, Michael Chan and Helena Jaczek are pleased to announce that Ontario is delivering on its commitment to help communities severely impacted by the December 2013 ice storm through the Ice Storm Assistance Program

York Region is receiving $2,239,631.28 from the province to cover eligible response and recovery costs that were incurred as a result of the storm, such as setting up warming centres, and the cleanup of debris.

Supporting municipalities is part of the government's economic plan for Ontario. The four-part plan is building Ontario up by investing in people's talents and skills, making the largest investment in public infrastructure in Ontario's history, creating a dynamic, innovative environment where business thrives, and building a secure retirement savings plan. 


“Residents of Vaughan witnessed first-hand the damage and impact caused by the 2013 ice storm. That is why I applaud our government for helping the Regional Municipality of York recover the costs they  incurred to protect public health and safety during this significant event.”

Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan

“Our government is committed to helping communities that were severely impacted by the ice storm. Funding from the Ice Storm Assistance Program is helping Richmond Hill recover from this significant event.”

Reza Moridi, M.P.P., Richmond Hill

“This substantial aid for the regional municipality finalizes our government’s commitment and determination to fully support our community with 100% of the eligible costs to cope with this severe weather event.  We will always remember the extraordinary impact of the 2013 Ice Storm and the equally extraordinary response efforts made by our local governments and caring neighbours.”

Michael Chan, M.P.P., Markham-Unionville

“I am pleased that our government is providing more than $131 million in financial assistance to municipalities and conservation authorities across Ontario that were severely impacted by the December 2013 Ice Storm. It is great news that in my riding of Newmarket-Aurora, the municipalities were compensated $173,660.31.”

Chris Ballard, M.P.P., Newmarket-Aurora


  • Ontario announced in February 2014 that it would pay 100 per cent of eligible disaster response and recovery costs to municipalities and conservation authorities severely affected by the December 2013 ice storm.
  • The Ice Storm Assistance Program is a one-time disaster relief program created to help municipalities and conservation authorities recover following the December 2013 ice storm.
  • Ontario will be reimbursed by the federal government for a portion of the eligible. response and recovery costs under the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements.
  • The ice storm caused widespread damage and blackouts across southern, western and eastern Ontario. At the peak of the storm, over 800,000 hydro customers were without power.


For more information, please contact:

Office of Steven Del Duca, M.P.P., Vaughan 




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