Investing in Local Emergency Preparedness and Response in the Town of Georgina

May 3, 2024

GEORGINA – The Ontario government is investing $49,842 in Town of Georgina to help them 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, equipment and deliver training and services.

Town of Georgina will use this funding to purchase a storage unit to increase storage capacity of spill resource materials and acquire two smart screens and a projector to assist in digitally mapping emergency events.

“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, MPP for York-Simcoe and 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.

“Georgina places Community Emergency Management at the forefront of priorities and this funding helps us to continue to do so. We don’t know when an emergency will arise, but we can invest in our preparedness. This funding will support Georgina Fire and Rescue Services and our Emergency Operations Command team as we strengthen our ability to be able to respond to and mitigate emergency incidents.  Thank you to the Ontario government for this support in our Emergency Management program,” said Mayor Margaret Quirk.

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.


  • Eligible applicants had to be located in Ontario and included:
  • Non-governmental organizations that have a mandate in emergency preparedness
  • Local services boards
  • First Nation communities; Indigenous organizations, including Tribal Councils; and other Indigenous service organizations that support emergency management programming in First Nation communities
  • Small- and medium-sized municipalities (those with populations under 100,000 as per Statistics Canada data from 2021)
  • Recipients were selected through a rigorous and competitive review process.
  • The Community Emergency Preparedness Grant is one of the ways the government is ensuring that communities are as safe and prepared as possible. In April, Ontario released its first annual report on the Provincial Emergency Management Strategy and Action Plan, reporting on progress made in 2023 to move emergency management forward.



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