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P.E.I. government delivers emergency funding after hurricane


September 23, 2019
By Ground Water Canada

Charlottetown – Prince Edward Island residents will be able to access emergency funding from government to help recover costs associated with damages following Hurricane Dorian.

The province’s first-ever Provincial Disaster Assistance Program has been established to help residents with costs to repair or replace uninsurable, essential basic property loss due to disasters, the provincial government said in a news release. The program will also apply to small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and municipal governments.

“This is an unprecedented situation that has touched all of us in one way or another,” said Premier Dennis King. “We are in this together and we are here to help Islanders. While we are still early days in being able to understand the true impacts to individuals, businesses, industries and communities, it is important that government start to roll-out financial support to help those who need it most.”

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Creation of the program triggers triggers access to disaster relief funding from the federal government, the government said. Details about how and where Islanders can apply for financial assistance will be shared this week.

Cabinet also approved a one-time emergency fund program for approximately 6,000 Islanders who are currently receiving income assistance to support their basic needs as a result of the impacts of Hurricane Dorian.

Under this program, individual income assistance clients will receive $110, a couple will receive $140 and an additional $30 will be provided to clients for each of their dependents.

For updates and tips to remain informed and safe, visit princeedwardisland.ca.