Details from the BC Government news release:
People who want to help shape and improve how the Province provides financial support following a disaster now have until the end of January 2024.
The Disaster Financial Assistance program helps people, small businesses, charitable organizations and communities cover disaster-related losses that are not readily insurable. This may include the replacement of personal items, building repairs and debris removal.
A new regulation is being developed to revamp the Disaster Financial Assistance program through extended public engagement allowing people, communities and small businesses to share their experiences and provide written feedback to help inform new policies. The engagement has been extended one month until Jan. 31, 2024.
The new regulation will replace the existing Compensation and Disaster Financial Assistance Regulation. The regulation will be made under the new Emergency and Disaster Management Act, which became B.C. law on Nov. 8, 2023.
In 2023, the Province introduced an online portal to apply for Disaster Financial Assistance. This shift from paper-based applications allows more people to receive the support they need in a timely and efficient manner. In 2022, the Province made a series of regulatory improvements so that more people could access the support they needed following the November 2021 atmospheric river events, including increasing the maximum payment to $400,000 from $300,000.
Learn more and read the full government news release: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2023EMCR0077-001868
Ministry of Emergency Management and Climate Readiness
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