Access Local Support Today

People living in Fort McMurray, Wood Buffalo and the surrounding area are well known for stepping up and supporting one another during tough times. But there are times when the support we require goes beyond the capabilities of our friends and neighbours, or we simply don’t know where to turn for help.

Below are a few of the programs and services available to people living in Fort McMurray, Wood Buffalo and the surrounding area, who find themselves facing difficult circumstances and requiring additional support.

Call 2-1-1 and Access Help Today

211 is where to go for help – any kind of help.

Whether it’s food, shelter, mental health, or even help finding a job, United Way and its partners have worked together to create 211—a single point of contact for those who don’t know where to turn for help.

What is 211?

211 is a 24/7 referral service available in over 150 languages, assisting people who need information but don’t know who to contact. If you need financial, social, or mental health support, 211’s information and referral specialists can connect you with thousands of community, government, and social services.

When should I contact 211?

If you need food, were recently laid off, cannot pay your rent or utilities, or are new to the Fort McMurray area and cannot find childcare or a doctor, reach out to 211 for help finding the right services. Visit for more information.

Government Benefits

If you need added support with basic needs, childcare, rental assistance, affordable housing or more, you may be eligible for municipal, provincial, and federal government benefits.

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