In early May, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that every individual donation made through the Canadian Red Cross Alberta Fires Appeal will be matched by the Canadian government. These funds will be used to meet evacuees’ most immediate needs and to support local community groups and charities as they strengthen the region’s resilience to future emergencies. To date, the appeal has raised over $60 million. Additional donations can be made here. The agency is also encouraging all Fort MacMurray evacuees to register online or call 1-888-350-6070.
Donations can also be made directly to local charities. Fort McMurray United Way is already looking towards the process of rebuilding the community by meeting both short- and long-term needs including housing, food, trauma and mental health supports. Donations to the United Way in Fort McMurray can be made here.