Supporting community recovery

Our hearts are with all those affected and first responders as they continue to fight for Fort McMurray. It is the testament to the community strength in Fort McMurray that they have effectively evacuated 88,000 residents.

Across Alberta, supports are being mobilized to help families, children and individuals get on their feet as they start to settle in new communities and cities. Below are a few of the supports available to Fort McMurray evacuees.

Have school-aged kids?

Here are the resources to get your kids into schools in marjor centers in Alberta right away.


Calgary Board of Education      Calgary Catholic School District


Edmonton Public Schools

Need support?

If you or someone you know needs assistance, here are the toll free numbers for centers across Alberta ready to help all Albertans:

  • 1-855-266-1605 - 211 Calgary and Area
  • 1-888-482-4696 - 211 Edmonton and Area

Need someone to talk to?

  • 1-877-303-2642 - Alberta's 24-hour Mental Health Help Line
  • 1-888-482-4696 - Canadian Mental Health Association - Edmonton

Want to donate to recovery efforts?

We appreciate and support the emergency efforts of Red Cross. The Red Cross provides critical emergency services during the time of evacuation and temporary resettlement. United Way will be supporting the transitions from immediate relief to long term recovery and resiliency building. This will be a long process, and the weight of rebuilding lives and the community still lies ahead. If you would like to donate to support Fort McMurray's recovery, please visit

Donate to recovery efforts

Due to the continued risk posed by the fires, no volunteer opportunities are available at this time. As the situation changes, please check back as we will provide information as volunteer opportunities become available.

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