Bracebridge to Benefit from New Disaster Relief Pilot Project

Housing Minister Announces New Fund Designed to Reinforce Infrastructure

Flood recovery in Bracebridge is getting a leg up today, with the introduction of a new provincial disaster relief fund.

The Municipal Disaster Recovery Assistance (MDRA) program was unveiled by Housing Minister Steve Clark in Bracebridge this morning, a $1,000,000 pilot project that would provide municipalities with up to 15 per cent above the estimated cost of rebuilding public infrastructure.

Minister Clark announces the MDRA in Bracebridge. Photo courtesy

“The Town of Bracebridge applauds the provincial government for this initiative to help municipalities recover from extreme weather events such as the flooding that hit Bracebridge and the Muskoka region this spring,” said Bracebridge Mayor Graydon Smith. “The opportunity to improve the quality of municipal infrastructure impacted by a flood or other significant weather event saves time and money and allows municipalities to better manage their finances in the long term.”

The extra 15% is in order to make the repaired infrastructure more resilient against future disaster. Devastating flooding struck in Bracebridge and elsewhere in Muskoka in the Spring, and in fact, the Insurance Bureau of Canada estimates there was about 1.9 billion dollars in damage done by severe weather across Canada in 2018 too.