Council approves roof repair rebates to guard against hail damage

Homeowners can get up to $ 3,000 to help upgrade their home’s roof

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Calgarians will be able to get up to $ 3,000 to help replace their roof with more hail-resistant materials following a board decision Monday.

The city-led program was designed in the wake of the devastating June 2020 hailstorm that caused more than $ 1.2 billion in insurable damage. Roofs account for a whopping $ 800 million of that total.

The Council voted 8-5 to set aside just over $ 2 million from the city’s rainy day reserve fund for the rebates, plus an accompanying education campaign. Money will be made available to upgrade roofing materials for up to 660 homes in one year.

For the first six months of the program, only homes damaged by hail last summer are eligible for the rebate. After that, it will be open to all homeowners in Calgary.

The goal is to help residents upgrade their roofs to materials that are more resistant to hail damage, given Calgary’s common hail storms.

The city plans to run the program for three years, with lessons from the first year informing the future approach.

Coun. Joe Magliocca, Sean Chu, Diane Colley-Urquhart, Peter Demong and Jeromy Farkas voted against allocating the funding.

Mayor Naheed Nenshi has withdrawn to avoid potential conflict as his home was one of the houses damaged in last year’s hailstorm.

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