Quebec Provides Assistance to Social Assistance Recipients Affected by Power Outages

The $75 payments are intended to cover food losses after last weekend’s violent storms.

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Quebec’s government announced on Saturday that it would offer payments to cover food losses suffered by beneficiaries of social assistance programs during last week’s power outages.

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A week after severe storms hit Quebec, nearly 11,000 homes are without electricity.

Households on social assistance that were without power for more than 24 hours are entitled to $75 per person up to a maximum of $300 per family.

“It is essential to support the most vulnerable people in our society,” Labor Minister Jean Boulet said in a statement.

Saturday shortly after 8pm, more than 6,000 Hydro-Québec customers were still without power in the Laurentians.

On Friday night, Hydro-Québec said on Twitter that its teams would “work all weekend to restore power as quickly as possible”.

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