Fort McMurray area residents may be eligible for one-time debit card relief funding to help with evacuation costs.
$1,250 for each eligible adult, $500 for each dependent child under 18.
You’re eligible if you were forced to leave the Fort McMurray area because of wildfire and you were unable to return home for a minimum of 7 days because of:
- an evacuation order;
- an imminent health and safety threat(s), such as extreme air quality advisories, no access to water, no power, etc.; or
- a lack of reasonable transportation options to return home.
You’re not eligible if you:
- are from a community that was not impacted;
- were not in the affected area during the evacuation period; or
- were in the community when the evacuation occurred but were able to return home within 7 days.
What to bring with you
- Red Cross registration number issued when you register as an evacuee
- photo ID such as a driver’s license, passport, student ID or employee ID, and your social insurance number, for you and your partner/spouse and/or dependents
- proof of residence or presence in the community such as a utility bill, car registration, insurance documents or a lease/rental receipt
- one person may apply for the entire family with identification that shows family relationships. Examples include:
- marriage license
- birth certificates
- documents for school/extra-curricular activities
If you don’t have the necessary documents, you may make a statutory declaration at the debit card location.
If you need to replace lost ID, you can request a new card from a registry agent free of charge.
Where to go
You can pick your debit card up at any Alberta Works office by providing your Fort McMurray ID and Canadian Red Cross registration number.
Out-of-province or unable to travel
You can apply for wildfire relief funding from another province or territory from June 1 to 15, 2016.
If you miss the June 15 deadline, you are welcome to apply at a designated Alberta Works Centre when you return home to Alberta. There is no deadline to apply within Alberta.
What you MUST bring to apply:
- Canadian Red Cross registration number. Register with the Canadian Red Cross by visiting their office or telephoning 1-888-350-6070.
- Government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, passport, etc.)
- Proof you resided in the Fort McMurray area at the time of evacuation (utility bill, car registration, insurance documents, pay stub, etc.)
- Proof you left Alberta at the time of evacuation (plane ticket, hotel bill, gas receipt, etc.)
- Proof of family relationships if applying for the entire household (health benefit card, birth certificates, passports, school documents, etc.)
- Proof family members were living in the Fort McMurray area during the evacuation period, and left Alberta during that time (school registration records, plane or bus tickets and other travel receipts, etc.)
How to apply
- Bring application form and necessary documents to a government service centre near you. They will review all your documentation before submitting your application to the Alberta government to determine eligibility.
- Government of Canada Service Canada Centres (locations across Canada, except Alberta)
- British Columbia: Call 1-800-663-7867 for a designated location
- Manitoba: Call 204-948-1326 in Winnipeg or 1-866-626-4862 for a designated location
- New Brunswick (Bathurst, Campbellton, Dieppe, Edmundston,Fredericton, Miramichi, Moncton, Saint John and Woodstock)
- Nova Scotia: Call 1-800-670-4357 for a designated location
- Nunavut: Call 1-867-975-5255 for assistance
- Ontario Service Centres: Call ahead before visiting a service centre
How debit cards work
One debit card will be issued for each household and will be pre-loaded with the total amount that all members of the household are eligible to receive.
You can withdraw cash, pay for items online, or make purchases at any business that takes debit or credit cards.
Each purchase amount will be deducted from the total on the card.
For more information visit: http://www.alberta.ca/emergency.cfm