Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries response to flooding

Supports and resources are available to help B.C.'s agriculture producers recover from floods and mudslides.

Last updated: December 22, 2021

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Contacts for producers

For general agricultural inquiries, call the AgriService BC emergency response line at 1-888-221-7141

Producers in the Lower Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland

Producers in the Lower Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland directly impacted by flooding should contact their local industry association for non-emergency support and information regarding agricultural response needs.

Contact your local authority or First Nation Emergency Operations Centre for urgent emergency support or guidance outside of agricultural needs.

Producers in Vancouver Island, the Interior, and the North

Producers located in Vancouver Island, the Interior and the North directly impacted by flooding should contact their local government or First Nation’s Emergency Operation Center for support with agricultural response need.

 Fraser Valley

Interior

Producers in Abbotsford

Agriculture producers in Abbotsford that do not belong to dairy, poultry or hog commodity associations should call the AgriService BC emergency response line at 1-888-221-7141.

Contact your local Emergency Operations Centre for emergency support for emergency support or guidance outside of agricultural needs.

For information in additional languages

If you or your staff need support in languages other than English, contact the ServiceBC emergency response line at 1-833-376-2452. Translation services are available seven days a week from 7:30 am to 5 pm (PDT). The ministry is working closely with the ServiceBC team to ensure they have up-to-date information on the emergency resources and recovery programs available to producers.


Travel and transportation 

Prepare for winter road conditions

As drivers travel on new routes, it is more important than ever to ensure your vehicle is prepared for winter conditions. The Shift into winter campaign provides free resources and online safety courses to help commercial truck drivers ensure their vehicles are safe and secure while driving in winter conditions. 

The Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure has also developed Information Maps to help drivers familiarize themselves any challenges they will encounter while travelling on unfamiliar routes. Maps for multiple highways are available (including Highways 3, 5, and 99) on TranBC's Current Road Advisories and Information webpage.

Hours of service regulations

Drivers of commercial vehicles transporting passengers, goods and supplies in support of flood response are exempt from the hours of service regulation.

Special measures at the United States-Canada border

Due to extreme weather conditions in B.C., Canadian domestic truck carriers may need to transit through the U.S. to reach destinations in Canada. Special measures are in place to support domestic truck carriers moving product from a Canadian point of origin to a Canadian destination through the U.S. 

Carriers that regularly travel between Canada and the United States should follow the standard procedures in order to reduce delays at border crossings.


Get your farm back up and running

Abbotsford return home plan

The City of Abbotsford has launched their Return Home website, which contains important information and advisories for the South, Central, Lake Bottom, and North Return Home Areas including:

  • Active evacuation orders,
  • Water advisories,
  • Information on the rapid damage assessment process, and
  • Financial assistance.

Stay informed about the AgriRecovery program

The AgriRecovery program assists livestock and crop producers with recovery costs which are beyond the supports provided by existing government disaster financial assistance, risk management programs, and private insurance. The governments of B.C. and Canada are working with industry on an effective program for the various commodity growers in the different disaster areas. The two governments are working towards opening the program to applications in January 2022.

More information on what extraordinary on-farm expenses impacted producers can anticipate receiving support with are available:

To keep informed of any updates to the program, and to receive notification of the applications opening, impacted farmers should register with agrirecovery@gov.bc.ca. One-on-one assistance will be provided to farmers requiring assistance completing applications when the program is available, and service will be provided in English and Punjabi.

Emergency Flood Forage program

The program provided immediate relief for commercial livestock businesses that, due to the Atmospheric River event and related activities: 

  • could not access their normal forage and hay supply, and
  • lost their hay and forage which is required for animal welfare.

The program was designed to fill an urgent and temporary need created by the flooding and has now closed. A summary of the program is here (PDF, 114 KB).

Participate in the AgriStability program

The AgriStability program provides funding to farmers who have experienced income declines due to crop or livestock losses or market conditions. Late Participation has been implemented to allow participants who are not currently enrolled for the 2021 program year to apply until December 31, 2022.

Learn about enrolling for AgriStability

Download AgSafe’s flooding re-entry and restarting tasks

AgSafe has developed a free Flooding Re-entry & Restarting Task Management Package to support producers in returning to their farms and building back.

The package includes the AgSafe resource request form and covers topics including:

  • Energy source management
  • Site access

Report sturgeon and salmon on your property

The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has requested that anyone finding Sturgeon or Salmon (living or deceased) on their property call the DFO Emergency Hotline at 604-666-3500.

 


Health, safety and wellness

As you return to your farm, it is important that all necessary precautions are taken to ensure the health and safety of you, your family, and your staff.

Removal of deceased animals

For help with the safe transport and disposal of deceased animals, call the  AgriService BC emergency response line at 1-888-221-7141.

Safely dispose of spoiled feed

Contaminated and spoiled feed can be composted on-farm or stored for future land application. The ministry has developed guidance to support safe management of spoiled and contaminated feed. 

Arrange for safe removal of hazardous materials

Do not attempt to handle or dispose of agricultural hazardous materials such as plant protection materials (pesticides, fungicides, herbicides), fertilizers, and hydrocarbons (i.e., gasoline, diesel, heating oil, propane) if you believe they have been compromised due to the floods.

Producers in Abbotsford should contact the AgriService BC emergency response line at 1-888-221-7141 to be connected with a hazardous materials disposal company for safe removal and disposal.

Managing a liquid-manure overflow risk

Due to flooding, there is a risk of liquid manure releases from storage systems in the Metro Vancouver or Fraser Valley Regional Districts. An order has been issued requiring all agricultural operators in the area to contact the ministry.

Guidance is available if you’re at risk here.

Staying healthy in stressful times

The floods are having a devastating impact on our lives and our wellbeing. Help and resources for people who need to talk or feel overwhelmed are available.

Download AgSafe BC's mental wellness app, Avail

Avail provides access to mental wellness resources, check-ups and appointments for B.C. agriculture producers.

Donations

Before donating supplies or money, review EmergencyInfoBC’s recommendations on How You Can Help to make sure your thoughtful donations are safe, secure, and making an impact.

Red Cross

Until November 26, 2021, both individual and corporate donations made to Red Cross will be matched by the Governments of Canada and B.C. This means that every dollar donated to the Canadian Red Cross’ British Columbia Floods & Extreme Weather Appeal will become $3 to support those affected by the floods.

British Columbians wishing to make a financial donation to the Canadian Red Cross to help those impacted by the floods can do so online at redcross.ca, by calling 1-800-418-1111, or by texting BCFLOODS to 30333.

Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund

The Abbotsford Disaster Relief Fund, is organized by the Abbotsford Community Foundation, University of the Fraser Valley and Abbotsford Chamber of Commerce to support front-line agencies providing essential services to affected families and businesses

Agriculture organizations

These British Columbia-based organizations are accepting donations to help communities, including farmers, recover from the adverse effects of the flooding and severe weather.

Please note these are not registered charitable donations and cannot provide a charitable donation receipt.