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.

Canada and B.C. governments are investing up to $56.25 million in this Adaptation, Resilience & Disaster Mitigation (ARDM) intake to support infrastructure projects in communities across the province.

This intake of ARDM is administered as part of the newly developed COVID-19 Resilience Infrastructure Stream (CVRIS) under the broader Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). The focus of this program is to fund 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 ($10,000,000). The program targets shovel-ready projects that have a construction start date of no later than September 30, 2021, and that can be completed by December 31, 2021, or by December 31, 2022 in remote communities

Eligible applicants for this merit-based funding program will be Local Government* and Indigenous Ultimate Recipients.

*Considered to be a municipality or regional district for the purposes of this funding.

Program intake

Find details about eligibility, application steps and deadlines on the Adaptation, resilience and disaster mitigation program page.

Contact details

Email: embcdisastermitigation@gov.bc.ca
Phone: 778 677-2565


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.

Contact details

Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development
Email:  ruraldividend@gov.bc.ca
Phone: 250-356-7950


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. 

Contact details

Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Infrastructure & Finance Branch
Email: infra@gov.bc.ca
Phone: 250-387-4060

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.

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 and 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 and 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 and 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.

Contact details

Union of BC Municipalities
Email: cepf@ubcm.ca

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.

Contact details

Local Government Program Services
Email: cri-swpi@ubcm.ca
Phone: 250-356-2947

The Disaster Mitigation and Adaptation Fund (DMAF) program opened on July 20, 2021 and is accepting applications for the Large-Scale and Small-Scale Project Stream. See Infrastructure Canada’s website for submission deadlines.

The DMAF is a national, competitive, and merit-based contribution program intended to support public infrastructure projects designed to mitigate current and future climate-related risks and disasters triggered by climate change, such as floods, wildland fires, droughts and seismic events.

Eligible infrastructure projects under the DMAF include new construction of public infrastructure and/or modification or reinforcement of existing public

infrastructure including natural infrastructure that prevent, mitigate or protect against the impacts of climate change, disasters triggered by natural hazards, and extreme weather.

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

Contact details

Infrastructure Canada team
Email: infc.dmaf-faac.infc@canada.ca

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.

Contact details

Indigenous Services Canada
Email: aadnc.bcemu.aandc@canada.ca
Phone: 604-209-9709

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

Contact details

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
Email: aadnc.adaptation.aandc@canada.ca

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.

Contact details

Union of BC Municipalities
Email: gastax@ubcm.ca
Phone: 250-356-5134

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.

Contact details

Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM)
Email: programs@fcm.ca

The Government of Canada announced the renewal of the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP) with a $25M investment over two years, beginning in 2020.

The sixth and final intake closed at 11:59pm on January 7, 2021. This intake will not include any Stream 4a Small Scale Structural Work projects given the tight timeline for completion, which must be March 31, 2022.

Please note: this intake is anticipatory and subject to final approval by Public Safety Canada.

For more information on the program, please visit the NDMP page. The Disaster Mitigation Unit at Emergency Management BC continues to administer NDMP on behalf of the Province.

Contact details

EMBC Disaster Mitigation
Email: embcdisastermitigation@gov.bc.ca