Ice storm cleanup update coming today from province

Southern Ontario municipalities hit hard by December's destructive ice storm may learn today what compensation the province can provide.

Municipalities have asked Queen's Park to cover one third of cleanup costs

Southern Ontario municipalities hit hard by December's destructive ice storm may learn today what financial help the province can provide.

Municipal Affairs Minister Linda Jeffrey is expected to provide an update today.

The storm, which struck days before Christmas, downed trees and hydro lines, left hundreds of thousands of homes and businesses without power for days and stalled road and air travel.

At a January meeting, officials from GTA municipalities called Queen's Park and the federal government to each cover a third of the cleanup costs, estimated to reach $250 million, including $106 million in Toronto alone. Toronto is also seeking $65 million to cover cleanup costs from last July's severe flooding.

The municipal leaders said property taxes could not fund the recovery and gave the province until March 1 to respond.

Jeffrey, who attended the January meeting, said at the time that it could take months to sort out who's eligible for relief and how much.

With files from The Canadian Press

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