Emergency recovery resources and programs

The Province of B.C. works closely with First Nations, local authorities and businesses to ensure programs are in place to help those impacted by seasonal emergencies and disasters to recover.

If you know of a program or initiative that is not listed here, please contact the Provincial Disaster Recovery Branch.

On this page:

Individual and family recovery resources

  • Recovering after a wildfire and Recovering after a flood pages provide steps to consider before you re-enter or clean your home

  • Visit a Red Cross Support Center or call 1 800 863-6582 (Monday to Friday from 8AM to 4PM PT) to make an appointment

  • Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) can provide answers to individuals and businesses with insurance questions and concerns by calling 1 844 2-ASK-IBC (1 844 227-5422) Monday to Friday from 7AM to 4PM PST

  • Call the Ministry of Children and Family Development at 1 877 387-7027 to access services for children, families and caregivers, including child and youth mental-health services

Mental health resources

The following mental health and wellness services provide short term emotional support to callers and match people with professional help available locally or elsewhere in the province. 

First Nations support

Regional government staff works closely with First Nations communities to discuss local solutions for community recovery. As with all affected communities, First Nations governments work on land-based recovery efforts, including timber salvage and reforestation.

Business and agriculture recovery programs

  • The Agri-Business Planning Program provides support for Disaster recovery planning to help producers implement an immediate and long-term disaster recovery plan. The program will provide access to basic financial analysis, specialized business planning and coaching services.
  • Community Futures provides on-the-ground supports for businesses. Businesses having a difficult time managing cash flow, planning for the future, selling their business, or seeking other supports are encouraged to contact their regional/ local Community Futures Office to learn about the range of supports available.
  • The Northern Development Initiative Trust Business Recovery Competitiveness Consulting Rebate Program provides any business in the Cariboo-Chilcotin-Lillooet region impacted by the 2017 wildfires a rebate (75 per cent, up to a maximum of $15,000) toward the hiring of a consultant to help businesses with their recovery efforts.
    Contact: info@northerndevelopment.bc.ca or 250 561-2525

  • InvestLocalBC is a crowdfunding platform designed for local non-profits to create online forums to fund, support and evolve their initiatives and projects. The standard five per cent fixed funding administrative fee is waived for non-profit organizations, businesses and arts and cultural organizations experiencing impacts from wildfires. 

Indirect business support

Resources for community recovery managers