Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture Program

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Application deadline for the Pilot Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture Program is now closed.

Program overview

The pilot Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture Program (“the Program”) invites farm and ranch businesses to apply for a new provincial cost-share funding opportunity that aims to increase farm-level climate resilience to extreme weather events.  

Funding is available under three streams for the first pilot intake:

  1. Wildfire Preparedness Stream
  2. Flooding Preparedness Stream
  3. Extreme Heat Preparedness Stream

The application intake for the Pilot Extreme Weather Preparedness for Agriculture Program is now closed.

Program eligibility

To be eligible for the Program, applicants must meet all the following eligibility requirements:

  1. The farm or ranch operation must be a primary production agriculture business whose primary purpose is the production and sale of agricultural products and must be a B.C. registered business entity (including sole proprietor, partnership, corporations, cooperatives, Indigenous economic development corporations, and band-owned businesses);
  2. Is a taxable entity (e.g. individual, corporation or trust), limited partnership, commune, cooperative with a GST and business number, or First Nation Band;
  3. Has their main farmstead in British Columbia and files farm income tax (form T2042 or T1273) under the Income Tax Act in British Columbia.

Indigenous applicants

The Province is committed to supporting the success of Indigenous businesses in the agriculture and food sector. We understand that Indigenous businesses may have distinct characteristics reflecting regulatory, operational, cultural, and other factors.  We aim for flexibility in our program delivery to reduce barriers and ensure the accessibility of our programs. If you are interested in applying to the program but have questions about the application process or eligibility criteria, please contact program staff at Extreme.Weather.Preparedness@gov.bc.ca

Program timeline

Intake 1: Applications closed on August 15, 2022. Applications are being reviewed and approved on a first-come, first-served basis. All Projects for Intake 1 must be completed, and all required documentation must be submitted by January 15, 2023. 

Intake 2: The application intake was open until  November 15, 2022 and is now closed. All Projects for Intake 2 must be completed, and all required documentation must be submitted by February 15, 2023 to be eligible for reimbursement under this Program.

Wildfire preparedness stream

The Wildfire Preparedness Stream is offered in partnership with BC Wildfire Services and FireSmart BC™.

Eligible applicants will be required to first conduct a FireSmart Critical Infrastructure Assessment with a Wildfire Mitigation Specialist or Local FireSmart Representative before November 30, 2022. The cost of FireSmart Critical Infrastructure Assessments will be reimbursed to a maximum of $2,000 per applicant.

Applicants can find more information on the assessment process and a map of Local FireSmart Representatives by following this link: https://firesmartbc.ca/local-firesmart-representatives/

After successfully completing the FireSmart Critical Infrastructure Assessment, applicants will be eligible to apply for select on-farm Projects to address recommendations from the assessment. Approved applicants may receive between 30-50% cost-share reimbursements for select on-farm Projects up to a maximum of $35,000.

The Wildfire Preparedness project category list is based on approved FireSmart practices and includes:

  • FireSmart Critical Infrastructure Assessment (required)
  • Farm building retrofits
  • Critical farm structures upgrades
  • Addressing vegetation & combustible materials 

Note: Applicants who have completed a FireSmart Critical Infrastructure Assessment within the last five years are able to directly apply for Projects.

Details of eligible & ineligible items, cost-share & funding caps, Project Application Requirements, Project Reimbursement Requirements, and Additional Project Resources for each category will be in Appendix A of the Intake 2 Program Guide (PDF, 5 MB)

Flood preparedness stream

With a large portion of B.C.’s highest-capability agricultural land located in floodplains, much of the province’s most productive agricultural land is increasingly vulnerable to extreme flooding. Stream 2 targets farm and ranch businesses that are at risk from flooding and provides cost-share payments to increase on-farm flood resiliency.

Approved applicants may receive between 30-80% cost-share reimbursements for select on-farm Projects up to a maximum of $35,000. A Critical Infrastructure Assessment will not be required for this stream.

Flooding preparedness project categories include:

  • Well protection
  • Improved on-farm fuel storage
  • Flood resilient storage for farm products
  • Planning & design of fill pad for farm buildings
  • Fill pads for farm buildings 
  • Flood resilient feed storage 

Details of eligible & ineligible items, cost-share & funding caps, Project Application Requirements, Project Reimbursement Requirements, and Additional Project Resources for each category will be in Appendix B of the Intake 2 Program Guide (PDF, 5 MB).

Extreme heat preparedness stream

Livestock and horticulture crop operations are particularly vulnerable to extreme heat events. Stream 3 targets farmers who are most at risk of extreme heat events and aims to support infrastructure and equipment upgrades that will reduce on-farm vulnerabilities.

Approved applicants may receive between 20-60% cost share reimbursements for select on-farm Projects up to a maximum of $35,000. A Critical Infrastructure Assessment will not be required for this stream.

Extreme heat project categories include:

  • Improved barn cooling systems 
  • Extreme heat protection for horticulture crops
  • Extreme heat protection for outdoor livestock- shade trees
  • Extreme heat protection for outdoor livestock- infrastructure
  • Enhanced livestock watering to mitigate heat stress

Details of eligible & ineligible items, cost-share & funding caps, Project Application Requirements, Project Reimbursement Requirements, and Additional Project Resources for each category will be in Appendix C of the Intake 2 Program Guide (PDF, 5 MB).