Wildfire - Farm Business Recovery Advisory Services Program

The aim of the Farm Business Recovery Advisory Services Program is to assist farmers and ranchers to better understand the adverse effects of this year’s wildfires on their current production and financial situation, to enable them to implement an immediate and long-term recovery plan.

The program will provide access to basic financial analysis, specialized business planning and coaching services. Full program support will provide up to $5,000 for service from a qualified advisor.

Eligible Activities

This program has a farm self-assessment component and a consulting component.

Eligible activities include:

  • Impact assessment
  • Impact mitigation
  • Financial analysis
  • Financial management
  • Business strategy
  • Production economics
  • Marketing strategy
  • Human resources
  • Succession planning

Eligible Applicants

  • B.C. agricultural producers that live in an area of British Columbia where the local government had issued an evacuation alert or evacuation order due to wildfire occurring during 2017
  • The applicant business was an active farming entity at the time of 2017 wildfire (i.e. participates in the day-today operations of the farm) and is a British Columbia resident that is over 19 years of age
  • Currently have BC Assessment Authority farm status
  • A farm operation with a minimum of $10,000 in annual gross farm sales income as stated on applicants Canada Revenue Agency’s income tax return

Application Instructions

  1. Producer completes and submits an Application Form including required documentation
  2. Program administrator provides applicant with a list of qualified consultants
  3. Producer selects a qualified consultant from the list of eligible Recovery Farm Business Advisors
  4. Producer chooses to either complete the “BC Wildfire Recovery for Agriculture” self-assessment or review it with the help of their selected advisor
  5. Advisor submits initial action plan and specialized business planning services project proposal (signed by both the applicant and the advisor) to the Ministry

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