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Ontario’s disaster assistance program is changing!

In 2016, the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program will be replaced with two new programs:​​​​​​

  • Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians, which will help residents, small businesses, farms and not-for-profit organizations repair or replace essential property following a natural disaster; and
  • Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance, which will reimburse municipalities for extraordinary costs associated with emergency response and repairs to essential property and infrastructure following a natural disaster.

More information can be found in the Newsroom. Full details, including guidelines for both programs, will be available in early 2016.

Until the new programs are launched, municipalities can continue to request assistance through the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program.


Intent of the Program

If municipalities have experienced extraordinary damage to public infrastructure due to a natural disaster, they should contact their local Municipal Services Office of the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing to determine if the damages sustained are eligible for assistance.

The Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP) is an assistance program designed to help municipalities, individuals, farmers, small business, and non-profit organizations get back on their feet after a natural disaster. It is intended to cover the costs of returning essential items to pre-disaster condition for people who have suffered damage in designated disaster areas. 

ODRAP is not intended to be an alternative or a substitute for adequate insurance coverage.

In the event of a natural disaster, individuals are expected to bear the initial responsibility for their losses.  If the losses are so extensive that individuals cannot cope on their own, the municipality and the community at large are expected to provide support. 

Emergency situations can happen at any time. We all have roles and responsibilities in preparing for, responding to and managing emergencies. 

Ontario requires all municipalities and provincial ministries, including the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, to identify risks and put in place emergency management programs and response plans.

The Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing administers the Ontario Disaster Relief Assistance Program (ODRAP). The program provides emergency financial assistance to municipalities, individuals, small businesses, farmers and non-profit organizations.