Ontario government announces $215,000 in funding for emergency preparedness in H-LA

Hastings-Lennox and Addington MPP Ric Bresee. Photo by Adam Prudhomme.

The Ontario government is investing $215,612 in Hastings – Lennox & Addington 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. 

“We all recognize that planning and preparation is key to managing and surviving emergency  situations,” said Hastings – Lennox and Addington MPP Ric Bresee. “Our local municipalities  and First Nations groups are best suited to determine what they need to prepare, and how they  will respond. I am grateful to the Ontario government for providing funding to help these local  groups build up their resiliency, and be better prepared for what ever comes next.” 

The breakdown of the funding for Hastings – Lennox and Addington is as follows: 

  • Kijicho Manito Madaouskarini Algonquin First Nation Inc. – $50,000 
  • Township of Tyendinaga – $50,000  
  • The Corporation of the Township of Wollaston – $36,150 
  • Corporation – Town of Deseronto – $29,912 
  • County of Lennox & Addington – $49,100 

“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 Township of Tyendinaga is thrilled to be a recipient of the Province of Ontario’s Community  Emergency Preparedness Grant”, said Tyendinaga Township Mayor Claire Kennelly. “Funds  from the CEPG will aid the Township to be more prepared to respond to transportation and 

environmental interruptions that have had a severe impact on commuters, residents, and the  local road network.” 

“Lennox and Addington County is very grateful to receive the Community Emergency  Preparedness funding from the Province of Ontario,” stated Warden John Wise. “We are  confident this funding will help ensure that current infrastructure is improved upon, to prepare for  the needs of our County community during future emergencies.” 

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. 

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