Residents of Northern Saskatchewan impacted by power outages caused by wildfires are getting financial assistance from the province.

$100 is being offered for people who lost power between May 14 and May 17.

We recognize the impact that recent power outages have had on communities already facing hardships due to wildfires and extreme weather,” Corrections, Policing and Public Safety Minister Christine Tell said. “The lengthy interruption in power caused a lot of food to spoil.”

The funds will be issued directly to communities as a grant from the Saskatchewan Public Safety Agency and disbursed to residents by community leadership to affected residents. The eligible communities are Buffalo Narrows, Garson Lake, Dillon (Buffalo River Dene Nation), Turnor Lake, Birch Narrows First Nation, La Loche, Clearwater River Dene Nation, Descharme Lake, St. George’s Hill, Michel Village, Bear Creek and Black Point. 

People who own a cabin or secondary property affected by the outages, but do not reside in an eligible community, are asked to call PDAP at 1-866-632-4033 for direction.