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New Program Aimed At Helping Residents Rebuilding with Drywall Costs

Fort McMurray, AB, Canada / MIX 103.7
New Program Aimed At Helping Residents Rebuilding with Drywall Costs

Photo courtesy of Waugh Thistleton Architects

The RMWB is getting support through a new program aimed at helping with drywall costs.

On Monday, the Western Economic Diversification Canada launched the Drywall Support Program to help residents in Fort McMurray as well as builders and contractors in Western and Northern Canada.

The program aims to help residents financially as they go through their rebuild.

Back in September, drywall prices saw an increase of 276 per cent. The minimum import price was eventually reduced to not exceed 43 per cent.

The tariff was sparked by a complaint from CertainTeed Gypsum that competitors were dumping gypsum wallboard in Western Canada below market price.

In October 2016, council asked the federal government to offer grants to help offset the increase in drywall costs for those rebuilding in the region. Fast forward to February 2017, the Federal government announced roughly $12 million would be used in anti-dumping duties, collected between September 2016 and January 2017.

Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau said anyone affected could get about $300.

People can apply for the program until 2 p.m. on May 31.

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

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