07/19/2013 03:17 EDT | Updated 09/18/2013 05:12 EDT

Quebec to help Lac-Mégantic businesses rebuild

Quebec Economic Development Minister Élaine Zakaib announced Friday two new measures from the province for Lac-Mégantic victims.

Self-employed workers, businesses and organizations that have no income as a result of the disaster will receive a tax-exempt “subsistence allowance” of $5,000.

The province will also help the town pay for moving businesses that were destroyed into temporary buildings.

The mayor of Lac-Mégantic, Colette Roy-Laroche, accompanied Zakaib during the Friday afternoon news conference.

She also explained her plans to build a temporary downtown area so that business owners can open up shop again.