Disaster financial assistance coming for people impacted by B.C. floods

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Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is available for eligible British Columbians affected by flooding and landslides from Nov. 14-16.

This assistance includes all Indigenous communities, electoral areas and municipalities in the province’s southwest, central and southeast areas and Vancouver Island, according to a release from the provincial government.

DFA is available to homeowners, residential tenants, business owners, local governments, Indigenous communities, farmers and charitable organizations that were unable to obtain insurance to cover disaster-related losses. 

Residents should check with their insurance companies before applying, the province said.

Financial assistance of 80 per cent of the amount of eligible total damage will be provided to claims between $1,000– $300,000.

Claims may be made in more than one category. A homeowner or residential tenant must show that the home is their principal residence.

Not eligible for the assistance are seasonal or recreational properties, hot tubs, patios, pools, garden tools, landscaping, luxury items and recreational items.

Small business owners and farm owners must demonstrate that their farms and businesses are their primary source of income.

Applications must be submitted to Emergency Management BC (EMBC) by Feb. 12, 2022.

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