Emergency management financial supports

Funding options for Indigenous communities and local governments are available for disaster mitigation, disaster response, and after a disaster may have happened.

Response operations finance claims

Your community may be eligible for emergency and recovery costs if you've experienced a disaster.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) 

Following a disaster, the provincial government may declare certain events eligible for funding to repair or replace damaged infrastructure.

Mitigation funding

Funding programs that offer support to Indigenous communities, municipalities and regional districts for permanent disaster mitigation measures. If you have any questions about disaster mitigation funding programs, please e-mail: embcdisastermitigation@gov.bc.ca.


Adaptation, Resilience and Disaster Mitigation (ARDM) program

ARDM funds structural and natural infrastructure projects that address the impacts of flooding and flood-related hazards up to a value of up to ten million dollars.

Intake: currently closed

This new guide was created to simplify a community’s search for funding and to quickly connect communities to the next opportunity to fund a climate-related projects. It features funds from provincial, federal and non-governmental funding sources and more. It is a one-stop resource within these broad categories:

  • Climate preparedness and adaptation: funding to help communities prepare for and respond to wildfires, droughts, floods and other impacts of climate change
  • Community infrastructure: funding to help cover the costs of building sustainable communities, including waste facilities, transportation systems and community buildings
  • Sustainable transportation: funding to help communities pay for bike lanes, charging stations, and other projects that will encourage the use of zero-emission vehicles and active transportation, like cycling and walking
  • Clean energy: energy efficiency, fuel switching and renewable energy projects that help communities move to cleaner energy systems

Visit: communityclimatefunding.gov.bc.ca for more information.


B.C. Rural Dividend Fund

The B.C. Rural Dividend Fund assists rural communities, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, with a population of 25,000 or less to strengthen and diversify their local economies.

Intake: currently closed

The Canada Community-Building fund (formerly the federal Gas Tax fund) provides predictable, long-term and stable funding to local governments in B.C. for investment in infrastructure and capacity building projects.


Canada Infrastructure Program – Rural and Northern Communities Fund

The Rural and Northern Communities fund supports infrastructure projects for small, rural and remote communities in B.C.

Intake: currently closed

The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund streams help local governments and Indigenous communities respond to emergencies.

Structural Flood Mitigation

Provides funding to prevent, eliminate or reduce the impacts of hazards through construction of structural flood mitigation projects. The maximum available funding is $750,000.

Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping & Flood Mitigation Planning

Provides funding to local communities so they accurately understand local flood hazards and can develop plans to mitigate and prepare for those risks. The maximum available funding is $150,000. 

Emergency Operations Centres and Training

Supports the purchase of equipment and supplies required to maintain or improve emergency operations centres (EOC) and to enhance EOC capacity through training and exercises. The maximum available funding is $25,000. 

Emergency Support Services

Funds emergency support services training, volunteer recruitment and retention, and equipment purchases.

Evacuation Route Planning

Funds development of evacuation route plans for communities that would have a hard time successfully doing this during an emergency.

Funding can only be used for planning activities and not for construction work. The maximum available funding is $25,000.

Indigenous Cultural Safety and Humility Training

Funds emergency management personnel cultural safety and humility training to effectively partner with and aid Indigenous communities during emergencies.

Volunteer and Composite Fire Department Equipment and Training

Funds new and replacement equipment purchases and also the delivery of training and exercises to volunteer and composite fire departments. 

The Community Resiliency Investment program funds wildfire risk reduction and mitigation programs for communities.

The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) funds large-scale infrastructure projects to help communities better manage the risks of disasters triggered by natural hazards.

Information on who can apply, types of eligible projects, the evaluation process and important deadlines can be found on the DMAF Program Details webpage.

Intake: Opened July 20, 2021 and accepting applications for the Large-Scale and Small-Scale Project Stream. See Infrastructure Canada’s website for submission deadlines.

The Emergency Management Assistance Program provides funding to Indigenous communities on reserve so they can access emergency assistance services. Funding is used to help communities build resiliency, prepare for disasters and respond to them. It also provides funding to support on-reserve emergency management.

The First Nation Adapt Program provides funding to Indigenous communities to assess and respond to climate change impacts on community infrastructure and disaster mitigation.

Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program helps Canadian municipalities prepare for and adapt to climate change, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Proposal review process

Provinces and territories will apply to the federal government for NDMP funding on behalf of the eligible entities. Projects are prioritized in a merit-based approach. 

  1. To confirm eligibility and prioritize proposals from B.C., Emergency Management BC (EMBC) will conduct a brief assessment of the proposals. Unlike previous NDMP intakes, full technical reviews will be carried out by Public Safety Canada.
  2. After the review, eligible proposals will be forwarded to Public Safety Canada. 
  3. EMBC will keep applicants informed through each step of the review process. 
  4. Public Safety Canada will assess the proposals using a competitive, merit-based process across all provinces and territories.

For successful proposals, EMBC will work with the proponents to administer the project to meet program terms and conditions.

Contact information

E-mail: embcdisastermitigation@gov.bc.ca

Intake: The final intake for this program closed at midnight on January 7, 2021. Applications are under review.