Queen’s Park activates Disaster Recovery Assistance program to support tornado victims in Barrie

Residents with no insurance, or insufficient insurance, must apply by November 26

Barrie residents and businesses that were hit hard by the tornado on July 15 will be able to apply to the Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO) program for funds to help put their lives back together.

“Our government stands with the City of Barrie and the families and businesses impacted by this natural disaster,” said Steve Clark, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “The DRAO program helps people with essential costs that are not covered by insurance. I encourage residents to contact their insurance company first. We’ll continue working in partnership with the city to help affected families and businesses get back on their feet.”

Hundreds of homes were damaged — more than 70 were deemed unsafe — after winds approaching 210 kilometres per hour whipped through several neighbourhoods. Some small businesses were also damaged.

Those who qualify for this assistance could be reimbursed for:

  • clean up expenses
  • costs to repair or replace essential property
  • basic emergency expenses like evacuation travel costs

Financial help from the program:

  • is limited to $250,000 per application
  • is subject to a $500 deductible, which may be waived for low-income households
  • reimburses up to 90% of your total eligible costs with limits for:
    • emergency expenses
    • household appliances
    • furnishings

The program is not intended to replace insurance coverage. Insurance payments will be deducted from eligible costs.

Residents with no insurance coverage or whose insurance coverage is insufficient to cover essential costs have until November 26, 2021 to apply for assistance through the program.

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