Disaster Mitigation Funding Programs
The B.C. government and other agencies coordinate several funding programs that offer support to First Nations, municipalities and regional districts for permanent disaster mitigation measures.
This list is updated as new information is available. The programs are listed in alphabetical order.
B.C. Rural Dividend Fund
The B.C. Rural Dividend Fund seeks to assist rural communities, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, with a population of 25,000 or less to strengthen and diversify their local economies. The program was developed to recognize both the contribution rural communities have made to B.C.’s economy, and the unique challenges they face to diversify beyond natural resources. More information on the program objectives is available on their website.
Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Canada Infrastructure Program – Rural and Northern Communities Fund
The Rural & Northern Communities (RNC) Program was established to ensure the unique needs of British Columbia’s small, rural and remote communities are met – supporting their wide range of infrastructure priorities.
In 2020, the Canadian and B.C. governments committed up to $58.7 million towards the second intake of the RNC Program to support cost-sharing of infrastructure projects in communities across the province.
Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Infrastructure & Finance Branch
The Community Emergency Preparedness Fund is managed by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM), with $69.5 million funded by the B.C. government. These funding streams are intended to enhance the resiliency of local governments, First Nations, and communities in responding to emergencies.
- Examples of approved CEPF projects (PDF, 146 KB) as of May 2020
CEPF Funding Streams
These are the seven streams of CEPF.
Structural Flood Mitigation
The intent of this funding stream is to support eligible applicants to prevent, eliminate or reduce the impacts of hazards through construction of structural flood mitigation projects. The maximum eligible funding is $750,000.
As of July 2020, there has been $23.7M in approved funding for 37 Structural Flood Mitigation projects.
Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Mapping & Flood Mitigation Planning
The intent of this funding stream is to support eligible applicants to ensure they have accurate knowledge of the flood hazards they face and to develop effective strategies to mitigate and prepare for those risks. The maximum available funding is $150,000.
As of July 2020, there has been $9.1 Million in approved funding for 66 Flood Planning projects.
Emergency Operations Centres & Training
The intent of this funding stream is to support 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.
As of July 2020, there has been $3.7M in approved funding for 157 EOC projects.
Emergency Support Services
The intent of this funding stream is to build local capacity to provide emergency support services through training, volunteer recruitment and retention, and the purchase of equipment.
As of July 2020, there has been $2.9M in approved funding for 119 ESS projects.
Evacuation Route Planning
The intent of this funding stream is to support eligible applicants to develop Evacuation Route Plans for communities that would otherwise be challenged to successfully undertake an evacuation operation during an emergency.
This is a planning stream - funding cannot be used for construction work. The maximum available funding is $25,000.
As of July 2020, there has been $1.4M in approved funding for 60 Evacuation Route Planning projects.
Indigenous Cultural Safety & Humility Training
The intent of this funding stream was to provide emergency management personnel with cultural safety and humility training to more effectively partner with and aid Indigenous communities during times of emergency.
This includes opportunities to educate those involved in emergency management on the history of Indigenous Peoples, as well as the concepts of cultural safety, cultural humility and the relevance to Indigenous Peoples.
24 projects were funded in 2020.
Volunteer & Composite Fire Department Equipment and Training
The intent of this funding stream was to build the resiliency of volunteer and composite fire departments through the purchase of new or replacement equipment, and to facilitate the delivery of training and exercises.
Over 100 projects were funded in 2020. No additional intakes are planned at this time.
Union of BC Municipalities
The Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) program is intended to reduce the risk and impact of wildfire to communities through funding, supports and priority fuel management activities on provincial Crown land. The program was launched in 2018 and more than 120 First Nations and local governments have received funding.
The Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM) administers the FireSmart Community Funding & Supports portion of the program for local government and First Nation applicants.
Local Government Program Services
The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) is a national merit-based program that will invest $2 billion to support large-scale infrastructure projects to help communities better manage the risks of disasters triggered by natural hazards. Launched by the Government of Canada.
Eligible investments aim to reduce the socio-economic, environmental and cultural impacts of natural hazards and extreme weather events when considering current and potential future climate change impacts.
DMAF funding will be allocated through intakes until the funding envelope has been exhausted. Timing for future intakes is yet to be determined. Please visit the website to view Recently Announced Projects, as well as to view Investing in Canada Projects that are happening in your community on the interactive map.
Infrastructure Canada team
The Emergency Management Assistance Program helps communities on reserve access emergency assistance services, in partnership with First Nations communities, provincial and territorial governments and non-government organizations.
EMAP provides funding to First Nations communities so they can build resiliency, prepare for natural hazards and respond to them using the four pillars of emergency management: mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
The program also provides funding to provinces, territories and non-government organizations to support on-reserve emergency management.
To find out more about who can apply, deadlines for your application and more, please visit the . There you will also find examples of previously funded projects.
Indigenous Services Canada
The Federal Gas Tax Fund is administered by the Union of BC Municipalities (UBCM). It provides predictable, long-term and stable funding to local governments in B.C. for investment in infrastructure and capacity building projects.
B.C. is expected to receive a transfer of $3.39 billion in funding from Canada over 10 years.
Union of BC Municipalities
A five-year, $75 million program, the Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) helps Canadian municipalities prepare for, and adapt to, climate change, and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Funded by the Government of Canada, this program is available to all municipalities and their partners.
Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
The five-year, $200 million National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) ended on March 31, 2020.
Throughout the province, NDMP funded 82 projects with a total value of $46 million. Emergency Management BC continues to work with the federal government to develop further flood mitigation funding programs like NDMP in the future.
Examples of approved NDMP projects (PDF, 106 KB) – May 2020
EMBC Disaster Mitigation