Ontario Contributes $500,000 to Wildfire Relief in Alberta


Ontario will contribute $500,000 to the Canadian Red Cross to help its relief efforts for people displaced by the wildfires in Alberta.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the province’s support today for the almost 90,000 people who have fled the massive wildfires in the Fort McMurray area. Ontario’s contribution will assist the Red Cross in its work to provide relief and assist with recovery.

Ontario has also provided emergency management personnel to support local firefighting efforts. As of today, over 60 firefighters, three strike team leaders and 16 incident management and supervisory staff from Ontario are on the ground in Alberta.

Ontarians who would like to make a personal donation can do so through the Alberta Fires Appeal from the Canadian Red Cross. The federal government has committed to matching donations made to this appeal.

  • The Canadian Red Cross is providing evacuees from the wildfires with emergency food, clothing, shelter, personal services and other necessities to help assist with recovery.
  • Fifteen helicopters, 14 air tankers, 88 pieces of equipment and about 500 firefighters are estimated to be fighting the wildfires.
  • Ontario is one of several provinces contributing to the Red Cross’s appeal or providing in-kind support.