Gateway Gazette

Help is on the Way for Wildfire Evacuees

Residents of northwest Alberta who were evacuated under mandatory order due to wildfire will receive funding of $1,250 per adult and $500 per dependent child.

Evacuees can begin registering for their MyAlberta digital ID anytime and can apply for emergency payments beginning Sunday at noon. Funds can take up to 24 hours to flow into accounts. Debit cards will be available starting Monday for those who are unable to receive e-transfers.

“Our government is committed to ensuring no one is left behind as a result of this wildfire. That means supporting evacuees with their short-term financial needs while they are away from their homes and communities. We understand the significant stress evacuees are under right now, and will be there for them in their time of need.”

Kaycee Madu, Minister of Municipal Affairs

“These one-time emergency payments will help defray the costs that residents have incurred because of the mandatory evacuation order. We hope that sharing the costs of day-to-day, essential expenses will provide some peace of mind for residents during this stressful time.”

Rajan Sawhney, Minister of Community and Social Services

“Conditions in northwest Alberta remain dangerous and still require caution. These emergency payments will make it easier for families to be out of their homes until it is safe to return.”

Devin Dreeshen, Minister of Agriculture and Forestry

Quick facts

  • Local updates can be found at:
  • Information on the process can be found at www.alberta.ca/emergency
  • You can apply for your evacuation payment at www.account.alberta.ca/signin
  • The application will ask you to log in to your MyAlberta Digital Identity account. If you don’t have an account, you’ll be able to sign up for one through the evacuation payment application.
  • To receive your payment via Interac e-Transfer, you will also need a personal email address.
  • Persons unable to register electronically or seeking a debit card instead of e-transfer should visit one of the reception centers starting Monday located at:

Slave Lake Legacy Centre
400 6 Avenue
1-800-863-6582

High Prairie Sports Palace
5409 49 Street
780-843-9563

Peace River Misery Mountain Ski Hill
10408 – 89 Street
780-624-4881

La Crete
25411 TWP RD 1060, south of La Crete
780-928-4447 (If you can’t get through, keep trying and refrain from leaving a message. You can also call the Incident Command Centre at 780-927-3718)

Grande Prairie Regional College
10726 106 Avenue

Fort Vermilion Community Cultural Complex
5001 44 Avenue

Hay River Dene Wellness Centre
In K’ atl’ Odeeche First Nation, located 17 kilometres east of Hay River
1-867-874-2652

volunteers at reception centre

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