The Canadian Red Cross says $299 million has now been raised to help with the Fort McMurray wildfire relief effort.
As promised the federal and Alberta governments are matching funds donated.
The announcement was made today by members of all levels of government, including Calgary cabinet minister Kent Hehr, and Municipal Affairs minister Danielle Larivee.
The feds are providing $104 million to match the donations of Canadians, while the Alberta government will provide $30 million to match what was given by individual Albertans.
Larivee says so much has already been done to help with Fort McMurray’s recovery, but there’s so much more yet to do.
” I want Albertans to know that their money is making a real difference in the lives of Wood Buffalo residents as they recover from this disaster. More than $113 million has been spent on meeting the immediate needs of residents but we promised to stand with the people of Fort McMurray in the months and years after this devastating wildfire, so we know this is just the beginning.”
The province’s share of the money will be spent on local charities to support the recovery of residents and the community. Provincial money will also provide relief for small business owners as well as emotional and social support.
The massive fire three months ago forced the largest evacuation in the province’s history, with more than 80,000 forced to flee the city.
The flames destroyed 2,400 homes and buildings, caused the shutdown of two key oilsands facilities and burned almost 5,900 square kilometres of timber.
In early June residents were able to start returning home.
Donations are still being accepted by the Canadian Red Cross.