Provincal police continue to request the public come forward with information regarding the partial collapse of the Algo Centre Mall in Elliot Lake.

Province funds economic recovery plan

An agreement has been reached between the city of Elliot Lake and the province that will help to ease the economic strain of closing the Algo Centre Mall.

According to the province, the $264,000 "community adjustment agreement" will help develop and put in place a long-term recovery plan for local retailers, service employers and their workers.

The province said such agreements are used in situations where a larger workplace closes or when layoffs greatly impact a community.

The mall has been closed off since part of its roof collapsed on June 23. The future of the building has not yet been determined.

OPP said they are working with engineers and other experts, as well as the Ministry of Labour, to develop a plan that will allow police to access the facility safely. Until its investigation is complete, police said the building will remain sealed to preserve and protect the scene.

Police have also asked mall tenants, merchants and the public to not access the building.

Once police officers finish their examination and analysis, a plan will be developed so tenants and others can retrieve property from the disaster site, which claimed the lives of two women on June 23.

In the meantime, people who believe they have information that may be important to this investigation have been asked to contact the OPP’s dedicated information phone line at 1-855-677-4636.