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1. What is the Drywall Support Program?

1.1 Overview

Drywall costs were higher in Western and Northern Canada between September 6, 2016 and February 24, 2017 due to anti-dumping duties imposed on drywall imported from the United States. On February 27, 2017, the Government of Canada announced that anti-dumping duties would be reduced and approximately $12 million of anti-dumping duties collected would support a program to distribute funding back to those most affected by the higher costs.

1.2 A One-Time Grant Payment

A one-time payment is available to provide partial relief for higher than anticipated drywall costs for:

Homeowners in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo, including Fort McMurray, who are rebuilding homes severely damaged* or destroyed by the May 2016 wildfire.

*Severe damage: physical harm to the home as a result of the May 2016 wildfires that caused the home to be uninhabitable after the evacuation order was lifted.

1.3 How Much Funding is Available?

A one-time payment will be provided as follows:

Homeowners will receive a fixed amount of $335.

Homeowners who owned more than one home affected by the May 2016 wildfire can submit a separate application for each unique address.

WD reserves the right to make the final determination on the value of payments, and to not approve applications deemed to be ineligible or to have included false or misleading information.

Who Can Apply?

2.1 Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for a one-time payment, you must:

  1. Have owned a home located in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo that was severely damaged or destroyed by the May 2016 wildfire; and
  2. Intend to rebuild a home within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo.

Please note:

  • The application must be submitted by an individual who was a registered homeowner (as per land title) at the time of the wildfire. Businesses are not eligible for a payment.
  • Rebuilding outside the RM of Wood Buffalo, does not qualify for a payment.
  • Renters are not eligible for a payment.