Disaster Financial Assistance for local communities

Following a disaster, the provincial government may declare the event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). Once declared, the DFA program may provide communities with financial assistance for damaged infrastructure.

Application process

Step 1: Eligible events for communities

There are no eligible events.

Step 2: Review eligible expenses

Once the disaster is declared eligible for DFA, financial assistance is provided on a per capita cost share of total eligible damage. The local authorities' contribution is a minimum 5% to a maximum of 10% of the total project cost. For local authorities to which a per capita model does not apply, the local authority contribution is 5% of the total project cost.

The program covers:

  • Rebuilding or replacing essential public infrastructure to the pre-disaster condition
  • Recovery measures to replace essential materials

Some items not covered:

  • Works undertaken as preventative measures to guard against future damage
  • Enhancements from pre-event functionality, for example replacing a wooden walkway with cement
  • Eroded or damaged land except for essential access routes and the removal of debris

For complete information, see part 3 and schedule 5 of the Compensation and DFA Regulation.


Use the 2022-2023 Cost Share Calculator (XLSX, 71.1 KB) to determine the estimated local authority share of expenses. Please note that local authorities with with no population will contribute the minimum 5%.

Step 3: Submit application

  1. Complete the online application for Indigenous communities and local government
  2. If you experience any difficulty with the online form, please email: DFA@gov.bc.ca

Step 4: Submit recovery plan

The Indigenous community or local government prepares the recovery plan that addresses repair or replacement of essential materials, structures, and public works. The intent of the recovery plan is to provide enough detailed information to assess the eligible program costs. 

You'll need to include supporting documentation that clearly shows what infrastructure was damaged, what was the condition pre-event, and what is the least-cost option to restore the damaged infrastructure to pre-event functionality.

  1. Complete the Recovery Plan (XLS)
  2. Submit to Emergency Management BC:
    • E-mail: DFA@gov.bc.ca
    • Fax: 250-952-5542
    • Mail: DFA / PO Box 9201 Stn Prov Govt / Victoria B.C. V8W 9J1


Step 5: Submit recovery claim

Following the completion of recovery work, the Indigenous community or local government prepares and submits a recovery claim to account for each cost item. Supporting documentation must be included with each claim to confirm accuracy of costs and compliance with the approved recovery plan.

  1. Complete Recovery Claim Submission (XLS)
  2. Submit to Emergency Management BC:
    • E-mail: DFA@gov.bc.ca
    • Fax: 250-952-5542
    • Mail: DFA / PO Box 9201 Stn Prov Govt / Victoria B.C. V8W 9J1



If you have any questions or would like more information please contact the Disaster Financial Assistance team.