Disaster Financial Assistance

Please Note: Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is not available for wildfire losses. DFA is limited to uninsurable losses. Fire insurance for homes and businesses is reasonably and readily available across the province. More information about DFA and fire insurance is available in the bulletin Residential Fire Insurance (PDF).

Disaster Financial Assistance

Following a disaster, the provincial government may declare the event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). Once declared, the DFA program may compensate individuals for essential uninsurable losses and/or reimburse local governments for damaged infrastructure.

Individuals should contact their local authority if they have been impacted by a disaster or emergency event.


  • Disaster Financial Assistance is only available for provincial disasters after the provincial government has declared them eligible.
  • The provincial government works closely with local governments to determine if and when an event should be eligible.
  • Private sector damage must be from an event that is uninsurable, such as overland flooding.
  • Insurable damages in the private sector from  wildfiresearthquakes, snow load, wind storms, sewer or sump pit back-up, water entry from above ground (including roofs, windows or other areas of the building), are NOT eligible for DFA.
  • Damages from certain landslides may be eligible, if it can be shown that the landslide is the direct result of heavy rainfall or other sudden catastrophic event, and not caused by pre-existing slope instability.
  • Forms and additional information