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RMWB Wildfire Recovery Information

The Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo has released another recovery progress report.

Council and Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee Updates

On Oct. 12, 2016, Council unanimously approved the Comprehensive Firebreak Program presented by Administration and the Wood Buffalo Recovery Task Force. Firebreak Properties are defined as real or personal property that has suffered damage as a result of proactive measures taken to demolish the property for firebreak purposes in advance of any ignition of the property. Any Firebreak Property owner who has not been contacted by the Recovery Task Forces is asked to email wildfire.claims@rmwb.ca with their contact information.

On Oct. 12, 2016, the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee voted unanimously to give its support to the $55.7 million recovery budget proposal, which will now be considered by Council in the 2017 municipal budget.

Programs and Other Initiatives

Wood Buffalo Economic Development is pleased to host – in partnership with various community partners – a number of upcoming events to coincide with Small Business Week.

  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
    • Small Business Breakfast with RMWB Social Procurement and the Canadian Red Cross
    • 7 a.m. to 10 a.m.
    • Radisson Hotel & Suites, 435 Gregoire Dr.
    • Register at www.fortmcmurraychamber.ca
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016
    • How to Start a Movement with Jeph Maystruck & Business Support Network (BSN)
    • 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    • Radisson Hotel & Suites, 435 Gregoire Dr.
    • Register at www.fortmcmurraychamber.ca
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016
    • Marketing a Movement List with Jeph Maystruck
    • 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.
    • Back to Business Resource Centre, 9816 Hardin St, 1st floor
    • Register at www.fortmcmurraychamber.ca

A complete list of event offerings for Small Business Week can be found at: choosewoodbuffalo.ca/events and www.fortmcmurraychamber.ca

Demolition and Debris Removal

Demolition and debris removal is continuing across the community:

Date Demo Permits Received Demo Permits Approved Demo Inspections Completed Rebuild Permits
Oct. 13 1,741 1,691 791 154
Oct. 6 1,704 1,659 701 145
Sept. 29 1,613 1,575 551 108
Sept. 22 1,565 1,526 418 77
Sept. 15 1,506 1,450 319 67
Sept. 8 1,456 1,400 279 53
Sept. 1 1,403 1,333 227 41
Aug. 25 1,270 1,248 197 10
Aug. 18 1,167 1,083 142 6
Aug. 11 1,059 827 N/A 0
Aug. 4 732 419 51 0


Here for You: Public Information Sessions

Upcoming engagement opportunities in the community:

  • Today, Oct. 13, 2016, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shell Place at MacDonald Island Park, focusing on Waterways recovery updates. The formal presentation will be livestreamed on the Municipality’s Facebook page. Residents will be able to ask questions through the Facebook stream comment section, to be incorporated into the in-person Q&A portion of the presentation.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m in support of Small Business Week at the Radisson Hotel and Suites (435 Gregoire Drive). More details will be shared at a later date.
  • Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Shell Place at MacDonald Island Park. The session will focus on recovery activity and rebuilding progress. More details will be shared at a later date.

Residents are reminded that the weekly Telephone Town Hall on Monday evenings has ended. The Municipality is committed to keeping the public informed and will continue to identify new tools to engage residents.

As temperatures fall and snow forecasts draw closer, the Municipality will be reactivating Winter Maintenance Zones in all areas of Fort McMurray. Residents are reminded to check their zones and be prepared to move their vehicles in advance of snowplowing. For more information, go to rmwb.ca/WMZ.

A further Progress Report will be issued on Thursday, Oct. 20, 2016.

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Winter Maintenance Subzones 1 & 2 are active Jan. 20 - 24.