This is an update to my previous blogs:

Since a local grocery store in the Algo Centre Mall was destroyed by the collapse of the mall roof, access to groceries and other basics for Elliott Lake residents has been limited to just one remaining local grocery store.

To help Elliott Lake residents access essential supplies in the community, the Ontario government has signed a Minister’s Zoning Order as an interim measure to:

  • allow the speedy set up of the temporary grocery store
  • permit the temporary relocation of a grocery store to a local community centre for up to three years
  • allow displaced employees to keep their jobs
  • provide daily essentials for the community

Please note that a minister’s zoning order is issued under the Planning Act.

  • A minister’s zoning order authorizes the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing to make orders to control the use of land within Ontario (similar to local zoning by-laws).

Please click here for info on Citizens’ Guide on Zoning By-laws.

Ontario, Canada: Newsroom

NEWS RELEASE

Helping Families in Elliot Lake

July 18, 2012

McGuinty Government Moving to Help Provide Basic Needs

Ontario is taking action to help residents access essential supplies in Elliot Lake.

A Minister’s Zoning Order has been signed to permit the temporary relocation of a grocery store to a local community centre for up to three years. Relocating the grocery store will allow displaced employees to keep their jobs and will provide daily essentials for the community.

The collapse of the mall roof in Elliot Lake destroyed one of the two local grocery stores, which has limited families’ access to groceries and other basics.

QUOTES

“Our government is committed to helping the people of Elliot Lake rebuild and revitalize their community. We are helping families access the necessities for day-to-day living.”

– Kathleen Wynne
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing

“It is gratifying to see the province move so quickly to help the people of Elliot Lake. This is an important step for our community.”

 – Rick Hamilton
Mayor, Elliot Lake

QUICK FACTS

  • Ontario is helping Elliot Lake retailers and workers reopen and rebuild with a two-year, $2- million business continuity fund and a $264,050 Community Adjustment Agreement. Ontario has set up a temporary provincial economic revitalization office in the community to help the municipality, local businesses and other stakeholders with economic recovery efforts.
  • The Planning Act gives the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing the authority to zone any property in the province, if deemed necessary.
  • The Minister’s Zoning Order is an interim measure that will allow the speedy set up of the temporary grocery store.

LEARN MORE

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
ontario.ca/municipal

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