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P.E.I. to launch disaster assistance program, emergency fund next week

A fallen tree is seen on top of a picnic table in the Prince Edward Island National Park, P.E.I., in a recent handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Parks Canada,

Prince Edward Island is rolling out a provincial disaster assistance program next week as residents rebuild from post-tropical storm Dorian, which struck the island earlier this month.

The program is a first in the Atlantic province and is intended to help residents with uninsurable basic property loss from disasters.

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Small businesses, municipal governments and not-for-profit organizations are also eligible to apply, with details on applications still to come.

A one-time emergency fund will also be provided to 6,000 people in the province currently receiving income assistance.

Income assistance clients will receive $110, couples will receive $140 and an additional $30 for each dependent will be provided.

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The province says people will begin to receive the money next Thursday or Friday through direct deposit or by cheque.

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