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RMWB Wildfire Recovery Information

On May 1, 2017 Western Economic Diversification Canada launched the Drywall Support Program to support Western and Northern Canadian drywall contractors and builders, as well as residents of the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) whose homes were severely damaged or destroyed in the May 2016 wildfires. 

Between Sept. 6, 2016, and Feb. 24, 2017, building costs increased in parts of Canada due to higher duties placed on imported drywall from the United States. These increased building costs directly impacted contractors, builders and homeowners in the RMWB who were, and still are, in the rebuild phase of recovery. 

This short-term relief program aims to provide financial assistance to address the unintended effects of the duties, ensure stability of the construction industry in Western and Northern Canada and to help contractors, builders and homeowners in the RMWB rebuild following the wildfires. 

The program follows a Council resolution made on Oct. 11, 2016, that called on the Government of Canada to develop and fund a grant program to compensate property owners in the RMWB, who were rebuilding homes lost in the May 2016 wildfire, for the increased costs related to the gypsum tariff.

The Drywall Support Program will be open for applications at 12 p.m. (noon) MTD on Monday, May 1, 2017. Applications will be accepted until 2 p.m. MTD on Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

More information can be found online at rmwb.ca/drywallsupport.

Questions about the Drywall Support Program can be directed to the PULSE Line at 780-743-7000 or to recovery@rmwb.ca.

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