Ont. Gov’t Supporting West Carleton Residents Impacted by the Flood

Published on May 30, 2019

A special May MPP column in Our Community Voice

On May 24th I was pleased to join municipal partners, industry leaders and representatives of Indigenous communities that were impacted by recent flooding events. Thank you to the Premier and to the Minister of Natural Resources for your leadership in calling the meeting.

It has been a devastating time for our community and my heart goes out to everyone affected.

The purpose of this meeting was to plan for better coordination and response efforts in future natural disasters -- it was not a meeting about the ongoing relief efforts in West Carleton. The focus of discussions was to plan ahead to the next time when we will be called into action.

Collaboration and teamwork is key when facing any natural disaster or difficult circumstance. The Premier has taken positive steps by initiating the creation of the Ontario Government’s internal task force. It is important for government officials to consult with our municipal partners and other stakeholders in impacted areas on ways to improve the province's resilience to flooding.

I want to acknowledge the municipal representatives in attendance -- the process was designed to have them at the table to engage in a productive exchange. A number of local stakeholders attended and it was very beneficial to hear their feedback on how to better respond in the future. The information shared will help shape the work of the internal task force, which will report to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF).

The Provincial Government is also seeking public input on the province’s resilience to flooding. Impacted residents are asked to visit Ontario.ca/floodsurvey to complete the survey and provide feedback.

MNRF’s primary role is to forecast and warn of flooding conditions as early as possible. For flood emergencies, the local Municipality is responsible for flood preparedness and response. I am looking forward to hearing from MNRF on the feedback they have received from these three consultations as well as from the public.

As your MPP I have been working with my provincial government colleagues and officials at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. We want to ensure West Carleton residents get the most up-to-date information about services for people impacted by the flood. This includes the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians program, which is financial relief beyond any insurance coverage. For more information visit: ontario.ca/DisasterAssistance.

I worked with the Minister of Government and Consumer Services to have my request of the Electrical Safety Authority fees waived.

I will continue to work hard to support the constituents in Kanata-Carleton. If you need assistance or have any questions about any provincial government program please call my staff at the Community Office at 613-599-3000 or connect with via email: [email protected]