Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) application dates for the recent landslide disaster have been expanded and are now available for British Columbians in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District – including Cache Creek, Village of Ashcroft and Bonaparte Indian Band – who may have been affected by landslides that occurred from Aug. 2-12, 2018.
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 disaster-related losses.
Applications for this revised DFA event in Thompson-Nicola Regional District Electoral Areas E, J and I (including First Nations and incorporated communities within this geographic area) must be submitted to Emergency Management BC (EMBC) by Dec. 14, 2018.
British Columbians can access the DFA application at: http://www.gov.bc.ca/disasterfinancialassistance
Facts about Disaster Financial Assistance:
DFA is available to qualifying homeowners, residential tenants, small business owners, farm owners and charitable organizations. Applicants should be aware of the following:
- Financial assistance is provided for each accepted claim at 80% of the amount of total eligible damage exceeding $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.
- 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 their 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 infrastructure 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 exceeding $1,000.