Ontario Investing in Local Emergency Preparedness and Response in Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

Targeted investments will help keep communities safe during emergencies

May 6, 2024

Smiths Falls — The Ontario government is investing over $204,000 in communities throughout Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston to help them prepare for and respond to emergencies. Funding is being delivered through the Community Emergency Preparedness Grant, a $5 million investment to help communities and organizations purchase critical supplies, equipment and deliver training and services.

“I was very pleased to see that a number of communities in the LFK riding were recipients of this vital funding,” said MPP John Jordan, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston. “It will assist with steps that need to be taken to keep residents safe before, during and after an emergency or natural disaster and to make sure communities have the proper equipment when an emergency occurs.”

The Township of Montague will use this funding to purchase a new generator.

“With the increased weather events and pressure on our Emergency Services to be able to assist during these events, the Township rendered a generator essential to assist the emergency services, such as Fire and Public Works during these emergency events,” said Karen Jennings, Reeve of Montague Township. “A generator is an essential piece of equipment for a rural area with minimal community spaces that offer assistance and/or areas for community members to attend during a weather event or emergency when power is lost for several days. The Township is excited and grateful to the province for providing an opportunity to apply for funding to offset the costs to better establish the Township of Montague to manage emergency situations and allow the tools to assist our ratepayers during these emergency situations. The $47,284 that has been approved will purchase and install a 60kW Generac at the Township site in 2024.”

“Through the Community Emergency Preparedness Grant, our government is stepping up to ensure Ontario is safe, practiced and prepared for any type of emergency,” said Caroline Mulroney, President of the Treasury Board and Minister responsible for Emergency Management. “From floods to wildland fires, these targeted investments will empower communities and organizations to enhance their emergency response. Whether it’s building up local fire departments or enabling more efficient search and rescue operations, our government is giving communities the tools and resources they need to keep people safe.”

The funding is supporting 113 recipients across Ontario including municipalities, local services boards, First Nation communities, Tribal Councils, Indigenous service organizations and non-governmental organizations with mandates in emergency preparedness.

“The County is very appreciative of the $50,000 of funding that we are receiving through the Community Emergency Preparedness Grant,” said Steve Fournier, Warden of Lanark County. “We are developing an ‘emergency response trailer’ that has all the tools we require to clear roads across the County so essential services can access all corners of our municipality. With this funding package we will be better positioned to respond to emergencies across the County, and will be able to mobilize our services to residents faster. We are proud to be contributing to the safety of all residents across the County.”

Other recipients include:

The Corporation Tay Valley Township – $50,000

The Corporation of the Township of Lanark Highlands – $30,000

Town of Perth – $27,200

The Community Emergency Preparedness Grant is part of the $110 million the government earmarked over the next three years to strengthen emergency preparedness in Ontario. The province will continue to make substantial investments and expand training programs to support Ontario’s whole-of-government approach to emergency management and response.

QUICK FACTS

•            Eligible applicants had to be located in Ontario and included:

•            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)

•            Recipients were selected through a rigorous and competitive review process.

•            The Community Emergency Preparedness Grant is one of the ways the government is ensuring that communities are as safe and prepared as possible. In April, Ontario released its first annual report on the Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan, reporting on progress made in 2023 to move emergency management forward.

MPP John Jordan, Lanark-Frontenac-Kingston

john.jordan@pc.ola.org

www.johnjordanmpp.ca

613-284-1630

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