CALGARY – The Alberta government is approving $1 billion to kick start the first phase of flood recovery in the province.
Premier Alison Redford says the money will be used to support people who have been evacuated, as well as to run relief centres and to start rebuilding infrastructure.
The government says it will provide pre-loaded debit cards to displaced residents to help with their immediate housing needs and day-to-day purchases.
Those who qualify will receive $1,250 per adult and $500 per child.
Redford says the unforeseen expense means Alberta won’t meet its plans to balance the budget in the coming years.