NEWS
10/03/2016 13:42 EDT | Updated 10/04/2017 01:12 EDT

Alberta government wildfire relief funding for Fort McMurray to end Oct. 31

FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — Emergency funding from the Alberta government to help evacuees following the Fort McMurray wildfire is coming to an end.

The province says almost $100 million has been paid out to 96,000 people who were forced to flee their homes in the Wood Buffalo area in early May.

The money was intended to cover immediate housing needs, to help with day-to-day purchases and to limit out-of-pocket expenses.

But longer-term supports now are available to help fire victims rebuild, so the government is ending the emergency payment program on Oct. 31.

Eligible Albertans who have not yet applied for wildfire relief funding have until the end of the month to do so.