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Ice Storm Updates

Current status

The Province provided Durham with 1882 food gift cards. Residents are advised that the Provincial Food Gift cards provided to Durham Region have all been assigned. The Region will not be receiving any more food gift cards from the Province.

Residents calling 1-888-721-0622 will reach an automated message informing them that applications for Provincial Food Gift cards in Durham are no longer being accepted.

Pre-qualified, eligible applicants were notified of the location for pick up. Pick-up time: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10 at 10 a.m.

Residents who are in need of food can access a local food bank. If you require financial support, please contact the Ontario Works central intake number at 905-428-8982 (or toll-free at 1-877-678-6333) for details related to the application process for social assistance.

The Region would like to thank residents for their patience and co-operation during the roll out of the Provincial Food Gift Card Program in Durham Region.


In order to participate in the Provincial Food Gift Card Program, the Province required Durham Region, through its local hydro utilities, to supply data related to the number of customers who were without power for at least 48 hours. Local hydro providers advised that there were 13,529 customers without power for 48 hours or more. Durham shared this information with the Province and in return received 1,882 $50 gift cards for distribution.


Recent Provincial announcements related to their Food Gift Card Program: