Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to eligible British Columbians in areas of the province that were impacted by severe weather and flooding that occurred from Nov. 3-14, 2016.
Areas approved for DFA are:
- Mid- to North Vancouver Island
- Alberni/Clayoquot Regional District, Tseshaht First Nation, City of Port Alberni
- Strathcona Regional District, City of Campbell River
- Comox Valley Regional District, City of Courtenay
- Regional District of Mount Waddington, Town of Port McNeil
- Squamish Lillooet Regional District, Village of Pemberton, Lil’wat First Nation, District of Squamish, Skatin First Nation, Tsal’alh (Seton Lake Indian Band)
- Wuikinuxv (Oweekeno) First Nation
DFA is available to homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.
Applications for DFA must be submitted to Emergency Management BC (EMBC) by Feb. 14, 2017.
British Columbians can access the DFA application at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance
Facts about Disaster Financial Assistance
Applicants should be aware of the following:
- Financial assistance is provided for each accepted claim at 80% of the amount of total eligible damage that exceeds $1,000, to a maximum claim of $300,000.
- Claims may be made in more than one category (e.g., homeowner and farm owner).
- A homeowner or residential tenant must show that the home is their principal residence.
- Seasonal or recreational properties, hot tubs, patios, pools, garden tools, landscaping, luxury items (like jewelry, fur coats and collectibles), and recreational items (like bicycles) are not eligible for assistance.
- Small business owners and farm owners must demonstrate it is their primary source of income. Owners of damaged rental property must apply and qualify as a small business.
- Charitable organizations must provide a benefit of service to the community at large.
Assistance is also available to local governments for:
- Emergency response measures authorized by EMBC by response task number, including incremental costs associated with its Emergency Operations Centre. Financial assistance is provided for each accepted response claim at 100%. Completed response claim summaries and supporting documentation must be sent to the respective EMBC regional office.
- Recovery measures to replace essential materials and rebuild or replace essential public infrastructures to the condition it was in before the disaster. Assistance is provided for each accepted recovery claim at 80% of the amount of total eligible damage that exceeds $1,000.
Listen and learn about flood insurance and British Columbia's DFA program: http://ow.ly/dlsY306f9Cv