Ontario contributes $500,000 to wildfire relief in Alberta

Ontario will contribute $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help its relief efforts for people displaced by the wildfires in Alberta.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province’s support on Wednesday for the almost 90,000 people who have fled the massive wildfires in the Fort McMurray area. Ontario’s contribution will assist the Red Cross in its work to provide relief and assist with recovery.

Ontario has also provided emergency management personnel to support local firefighting efforts. As of today, over 60 firefighters, three strike team leaders and 16 incident management and supervisory staff from Ontario are on the ground in Alberta.

Ontarians who would like to make a personal donation can do so through the Alberta Fires Appeal from the Canadian Red Cross. The federal government has committed to matching donations made to this appeal.

Wynne said: “The devastating losses from the wildfires in Alberta have touched the hearts of people across Ontario. Community does not stop at our provincial borders. As fellow Canadians, we stand together with the people of Alberta in their time of need by supporting relief efforts through the Red Cross and sending firefighting crews to help battle the fires. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of those affected by this disaster.”

William Mauro, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, said: “Ontario’s fire program is recognized around the world for its ability to respond to risks related to public safety. We will continue to provide the appropriate personnel and support to the people of Alberta throughout this disaster. Our deepest gratitude goes out to the firefighters who continue to battle this wildfire.” — CINEWS

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