On September 21 a tornado left a 20 km

trail of destruction across the former township of West Carleton, completely destroying many homes, farms and businesses in Dunrobin & Kinburn. 

From the efforts of volunteers the WCDR

has emerged to bring our five largest communities & our local NGOs together

to support survivors of the storm;

we are One in Recovery. 

Affected residents have started the down the road to recovery. The rebuilding and repair of homes has been a key part of the recovery and our community is eternally grateful to those who have donated to WCDR, the Canadian Red Cross, and the United Way. Recovery of mind, confidence, and inner peace will, for many members of our community, be a much longer journey.


The light of the 2019 disasters that have struck here, around the country, and around the world, West Carleton Relief is no longer accepting Tornado Fund donations.   We encourage donations to WCDR's Flood Fund, our NGO partners like Mennonite Disaster Services, and the Canadian Red Cross. 


Donation Allocation

100 % of donations to Dunrobin Disaster Assistance, WCDR, Dunrobin Community Association and are used to provide

material and financial aid to the tornado

survivors. The WCDR Board allocates relief

based on a review of circumstances and does

not have access to information during the

review that identifies a specific recipient. 

As of June 5, 2019 WCDR has received $746K

in funding commitments, which includes

$368K in "directed" program funding for the

community from our partner agencies. 

WCDR continues to engage our donors and

the community to prioritize how we allocate

the funds raised. 

Please view our financials sheet for details


The Board has  approved sixteen circumstance based measures to address critical issues including:  Inspection and repair of temporary fixes, structural engineering & septic reports, security patrols within Dunrobin Village, utility reconnection, tree removal, temporary storage, soil remediation, tree planting, and replacement of essential infrastructure not covered by insurers (wells, septics etc). These expenditures are ongoing as needs are identified and/or met. 

As rebuilding progresses please check back to see our progress; we will be there to support

our community and to let you know how you can continue to assist. 


Your emotional health:

West Ottawa Community Resource Centre are available for local & group counselling for survivors: call 613-591-3686 and ask to speak to a tornado counsellor or visit the drop-in at the WC Community Complex, across from Eli's Office, 9 to 3 on Fridays and from 9 to 12 on Saturdays.

Disaster Recovery Assistance for Ontarians (DRAO): 1-844-780-8925 / 

DEADLINE JANUARY 21. Feedback on progress of applications and support during negotiations is welcome and available

Red Cross: Providing financial assistance for people “struggling in a variety of ways. The funding raised for the families affected by the 2018 Tornado has now been spent or allocated. There will be no further individual payments made.

Insurance Issues: Insurance Bureau of Canada:

·  Questions & Complaints; 1-844-227-5422 

·   Advocacy, to work on your behalf; Pete Karageorgos, Director Consumer & Industry Relations 416-362-2031 / 


Food: West Carleton Food Access Centre: 613-832-5685 /, please call or email Mary for anything you need and to arrange a pick up time.

Household items & services:  Disaster Ottawa – Household Item Exchange (FB) (this is the place for people to post any furniture etc. they would like to donate,

Clothing: Savvy Seconds, 5670 Carp Road: 613-240-8644 /, please email Vera for anything you need.

Councillor; El-Chantiry: 613-580-2475 /

Engineering Reports: WCDR will commission structural reports for residents wanting a second opinion: 

Housing: Marc Papineau and his team at, (at this time we do not require new accommodations)

Property Tax refunds/deferrals:

HST REBATE (for new or substantially renovated homes):

Tree Removal: WCDR crews, cranes, and other equipment are available to remove broken and hung up trees. The service has wrapped up for the winter but will resume in the spring: 

Storage: WCDR will make storage containers and storage units at Blue Moon available to protect uninsured property: We encourage residents to contact WCDR for assistance in relocating any unattended PODs still in the village to a more secure & monitored location.



Bell - please call the special Tornado assistance line; 1-877-491-4844

Enbridge Gas - 613-748-6890

Electrical Safety Authority -  1-877-372-7233 /
Hydro One - 613-748-6890 / /


Have a question for a community contact?

Need a bit of support?  Email  and one of our Community Contacts will get back to you.

Please join the West Carleton Relief Families facebook group for private information just for those who have been affected by the storm.

Donate By Mail:


1151 Thomas A Dolan Pkwy

Dunrobin, ON

K0A 1T0

payable to "DCA"

© 2018 West Carleton Disaster Relief 


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