KAWARTHA LAKES-The Ontario government says it is investing $5 million to help ensure communities across the province have the resources and equipment they need to prepare for natural disasters and emergencies.
The government is now accepting applications for the new Community Emergency Preparedness Grant to help communities and organizations purchase critical supplies, equipment and deliver training and services to improve local emergency preparation and response.
“We are making our province stronger and more resilient by helping communities prepare for emergencies,” said Caroline Mulroney, President of the Treasury Board, Minister responsible for Emergency Management Ontario and Minister of Francophone Affairs. “These prudent and targeted investments are another step this government is taking to ensure communities have the resources they need to keep people safe when the next flood, wildland fire or severe storm impacts our province.”
Funding can be put towards purchasing equipment such as sandbagging machines and generators or investing in emergency management training and awareness.
Apply now. Applications close November 30, 2023 and applicants must have a Transfer Payment Ontario account.
Eligible applicants must be located in Ontario and include:
- Non-governmental organizations that have a mandate in emergency preparedness
- Local services boards
- First Nation communities; Indigenous organizations, including Tribal Councils; and other Indigenous service organizations that support emergency management programming in First Nation communities
- Small- and medium-sized municipalities (those with populations under 100,000 as per Statistics Canada data from 2021)