The Ontario government is investing $50,000 in the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) and Humane Society to help it prepare for and respond to emergencies.

Funding is being delivered through the Community Emergency Preparedness Grant, a $5 million investment to help communities and organizations purchase critical supplies and equipment and deliver training and services.

“The Ontario SPCA does fantastic work across the province, including right here in Stouffville where their provincial office is based, providing care and comfort to animals and finding them forever homes,” said Paul Calandra, MPP for Markham—Stouffville. “This grant will help ensure they can continue with the meaningful contributions and support services they have provided across our communities for over 150 years.”

Based in Stouffville with province-wide operations, the Ontario SPCA will use this funding to increase access to pet food, supplies and transport carriers in northern Ontario. This funding will secure four storage containers in northern and southern Ontario to house 20,000 lbs of pet food and 40 transport crates to support evacuees during emergencies.

“Through the Community Emergency Preparedness Grant, our government is stepping up to ensure Ontario is safe, practiced and prepared for any type of emergency,” said Caroline Mulroney, Minister responsible for Emergency Management. “From floods to wildland fires, these targeted investments will empower communities and organizations to enhance their emergency response. Whether it’s building up local fire departments or enabling more efficient search and rescue operations, our government is giving communities the tools and resources they need to keep people safe.”

The funding is supporting 113 recipients across Ontario including municipalities, local services boards, First Nation communities, Tribal Councils, Indigenous service organizations and non-governmental organizations with mandates in emergency preparedness.

“We are grateful to the Ontario Government for their support through the Community Emergency Preparedness Grant,” said Arista Wogenstahl, Northern Regional Manager, Ontario SPCA and Humane Society. “With their partnership, we are better equipped to support and care for our furry companions and their families when they need it most.”

The Community Emergency Preparedness Grant is part of the $110 million the government earmarked over the next three years to strengthen emergency preparedness in Ontario. The province will continue to make substantial investments and expand training programs to support Ontario’s whole-of-government approach to emergency management and response.




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