RCC has been advised by the Alberta Provincial Operations Centre that the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo (RMWB) continues to work on the development of its re-entry plan for citizens.

A "rehearsal" re-entry is scheduled for May 28 that would allow some RMWB and critical retail staff to re-enter their homes and access the services several days prior to general re-entry.

Plans have been developed for re-entry of critical businesses (gas stations, banks, grocers, pharmacy). Discussions are ongoing with Canada Post, big box retail and restaurants, regarding staging of re-entry. Messaging is being prepared to assist business owners with the provision of respirators and other personal protective equipment (PPE) in accordance with Occupational Health and Safety Legislation.

Assessment and restoration of local government assets are ongoing. RMWB Utilities are installing digital sign boards at the entrance to each subdivision in the city to provide advice as to what services are available in that particular subdivision.

RCC will share information across the industry and to those retailers affected as soon as it is available and make best efforts to facilitate member communication with RMWB staff although RCC recognizes that the Regional Municipalities resources are focused on urgent tasks.

Additional up to the minute information is available to members through the following links:

  • General information and resources for Fort McMurray retailers can be found here.
  • Re-entry information for returning evacuees is available here.
  • General information can be found on the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo’s website.

If you have any questions or can share information with RCC on your operations in Fort McMurray, please contact Lanny McInnes, Director – Government Relations (Prairies) at: [email protected] or 204-253-1654 at your earliest convenience.