Province Funds Supports for Rural Homelessness

The Government of Alberta is supporting three rural community projects to help people experiencing homelessness or housing instability as a result of the 2016 wildfire in northern Alberta.

Projects in Cold Lake, Anzac and Fort Chipewyan will each receive $70,000. Funding will be administered by the Alberta Rural Development Network, which works to support and enhance the well-being of rural communities through collaboration and partnership.

“Everyone deserves a safe, secure, and affordable place to call home. Our government is proud to work with our community partners to address the unique challenges of rural homelessness and ensure that Albertans affected by the wildfire have the supports they need to rebuild their lives.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services


“ARDN recognizes that rural homelessness is a serious issue. Many people are unaware of the impact the wildfire had on our rural communities. This funding will assist some of those unsung heroes in smaller neighbouring communities who continue to help displaced Albertans left homeless even today.”

Dr. Trent Keough, Board Chair, Alberta Rural Development Network and President and CEO, Portage College in Lac La Biche


This funding is part of the Alberta Government’s commitment to support those affected by the northern Alberta wildfire. It is in addition to the $30.3 million contributed by the province to support wildfire recovery efforts and the almost $100 million distributed for wildfire emergency relief funding.