Ontario Government Report on 2019 Flooding of the Ottawa River

Published on November 28, 2019

Mr. Doug McNeil's Report: Independent review of the 2019 flood events in Ontario

November 28, 2019 / TORONTO – Today, the Ontario Government released its report on flooding that impacted communities along the Ottawa River in Spring 2019. The report Independent review of the 2019 flood events in Ontario can be found here.

Minister of Natural Resource and Forestry issued the report to the public and his media release can be found here: Ontario Releases Report for Special Advisor on Flooding – Taking Steps to Strengthen Flood Resiliency in Communities.

Merrilee Fullerton, local provincial representative for Kanata-Carleton, releases the following statement:  

“Floods are devastating to those affected and my heart goes out to everyone who had property damaged by the Spring 2019 flood in West Carleton and across our Ottawa region. The way our first responders, volunteers and people through the community rallied is a testament to the strength of our community.

“As Mr. McNeil highlights in his report, we can’t prevent flooding – we can only become more resilient to it. I appreciate all of the hard work that Mr. McNeil put into the report and we are now working with our partners to consider the report’s recommendations.

“In the coming weeks I will review the details and the recommendations with constituents and government officials from all levels. I will discuss the critical issues and assess how we can reduce and mitigate the flood risks in our community.”

The report can be read here: Independent review of the 2019 flood events in Ontario

Through the Spring and Summer MPP Fullerton has worked closely with provincial officials to ensure Kanata-Carleton residents received the latest information and support they needed. During and following the flooding, the Government of Ontario initiated many important programs and services to support those affected by the floods, including:

  • Disaster Recovery Assistance Program for Ontarians (DRAO) – which provided some support for rebuilding after consulting private insurance. This included confirmation that DRAO would cover residents’ extra hydro bill costs as well as equipment purchases for clean-up. DRAO is now closed and residents who applied have already received or are in the process of receiving funds.
  • Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing officials held a number of briefings and were on-site in Constance Bay to assist with DRAO applications. DRAO forms and the filing process were revised and simplified.
  • The Electrical Safety Authority waived its reconnection fees in flood damaged areas.
  • Hydro One waived delivery charges and reconnection fees for customers while the property’s power was disconnected.
  • The Hon. John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, wrote to his federal and Quebec government counterparts to request their support for an independent review. Responsibilities for the Ottawa River are shared between the Ontario, Quebec, and federal governments, and all jurisdictions should participate.
  • A Provincial Task Force was created to investigate how to better prepare for natural disasters, and the task force sought public feedback. You can read this announcement here: https://news.ontario.ca/opo/en/2019/05/taking-action-to-better-plan-and-reduce-the-impacts-of-flooding.html
  • MPP Fullerton chaired an Ottawa-wide meeting of community leaders to provide feedback to the task force.
  • In July 2019, the government appointed Mr. Doug McNeil as the Special Advisor on Flooding, which you can read here: https://news.ontario.ca/mnr/en/2019/07/ontario-names-special-advisor-on-flooding.html
  • Throughout July and August 2019, MPP Fullerton’s staff hand-delivered approximately 2,000 letters reminding residents to apply for the DRAO and informing them about the Flood Advisor’s review. The MPP Community Office also advertised and promoted the DRAO in multiple newspapers, emails, phone calls, and social media posts.
  • MPP Fullerton met with Mr. McNeil on September 5, 2019 during a meeting of City of Ottawa officials and stakeholders.
  • McNeil toured the affected areas from September 4 to September 7 including Ottawa (Constance Bay), Pembroke, and North Bay and spoke to residents.

While flood preparations and emergency response are the responsibility of the municipal government, the provincial government has continued to support the residents of West Carleton, Kanata and throughout the City of Ottawa in this difficult time.

If residents have questions or comments about the report or the Province’s responsibilities, please feel free to contact MPP Fullerton.

 

Media Contact for Merrilee Fullerton, MPP:

Tiffany Lepack                           613-599-3000

Constituency Assistant            merrilee.fullerton@pc.ola.org