Brampton - In a move to mitigate some of the costs associated with clearing debris from the December ice storm, Committee of Council on March 5 approved a 2013 Ice Storm Debris Removal Program for low income seniors and disabled residents. Under the program, which is pending final ratification by Council on March 26, residents who meet the eligibility criteria can receive a grant of up to $200 towards ice storm debris clearance.
Criteria for qualification are similar to those of the City of Brampton’s Snow Removal Assistance Program for seniors. They are:
- Should be 65 years of age or more at the date of the application and in receipt of a monthly Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS);
- Be permanently confined to a wheelchair, restricted to the permanent use of crutches or braces or otherwise permanently disabled in such a way as to restrict physical mobility and in receipt of benefits under the Ontario Disabilities Support Program (ODSP) or the Ontario Works Support Act;
- Reside as owner or legal tenant in the property on which the application is made;
- Not have made a claim on any other property for the same winter season;
- Able to provide receipts;
- Not have able bodied individual(s) living at the residence that are capable of providing debris cleanup; and
- Not live in a high-rise or similar multi-unit building.
Application forms can be found at www.brampton.ca/EN/residents/seniors
. Completed applications must be returned no later than May 16, 2014 to:
City of Brampton, Planning & Infrastructure Services Department,
Business Services Office,
8850 McLaughlin Road, Unit 2
Brampton ON L6Y 5T1
Brampton was one of the hardest-hit Ontario municipalities in the December ice storm and City staff is estimating cleanup and recovery costs to reach more than $51 million. City of Brampton crews are progressing well with cleanup from the December ice storm. Once the snow has melted, crews will be able to further reassess tree damage and leftover debris. However, it will be months before the parks, watercourses and valley lands will be fully restored.