As well as financial assistance from the province, Fort McMurray evacuees are getting $50,000 from the Red Cross.
On top of the $1250 for adults, and $500 for dependents from the Alberta Government, adults will receive $600 per adult and $300 per child.
Canadian Red Cross President and CEO, Conrad Sauve, says this is just the first step in helping those displaced.
“This is the most important cash transfer we have done in our history, and the fastest one. The combination of both the ability to raise money very fast in Canada and also using these electronic means to transfer money directly to the hands of those affected.”
So far, Canadians have donated more than $67 million towards Fort McMurray relief efforts, not including the commitments by both the provincial and federal governments to match donations.
Notley also says she’s know it’s difficult to not yet have a timeline on when they can return home, but she doesn’t want to give a date prematurely and have it be delayed.