Message From Emergency Management BC:

“Major flooding on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland from December 8-12, 2014 has caused property and content damages. As a result of the damages sustained from this event, provincial Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) has been authorized for qualifying claimants, such as home owners, residential tenants, small business owners, farmers, charitable organizations and local government bodies, who were unable to obtain insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.

Disaster Financial Assistance has been authorized for:

Vancouver Island:

Alberni Clayoquot Regional District
Campbell River, City of
Comox Valley Regional District (Areas A,B,C)
Comox, Town of
Courtenay, City of
Cumberland, Village of
Hupacasath First Nation
Nanaimo Regional District (All Areas)
Nanaimo, City of
Parksville, City of
Port Alberni, City of
Powell River Regional District (Area B)
Powell River, City of
Qualicum Beach, Town of
Snuneymuxw First Nation
Strathcona Regional District (Areas A,D)
Tsehaht First Nation
Lower Mainland:

Delta, City of
Douglas First Nation
Fraser Valley Regional District
Lions Bay, Village of
Mount Currie Nation
North Vancouver, City of
North Vancouver, District of
Richmond, City of
Samahquam First Nation
Skatin First Nation
Squamish Lillooet Regional District
Squamish, District of
West Vancouver, District of
Whistler, Resort Community of
“All applicants should first check with their insurance agent to determine if their current insurance policy provides coverage for the resulting damage. Depending on the circumstances, businesses and farmers may have been able to obtain commercial insurance for certain losses. As part of the DFA qualification process, businesses, farmers and charitable/volunteer organizations will need to provide a letter from their insurer indicating that they could not have purchased insurance to cover these disaster-related losses.”

“Information about Disaster Financial Assistance is available on the DFA web site at There you will find the DFA Application Form, ‘Disaster Financial Assistance Guidelines for Private Sector’ and ‘One Step at a time – A Guide to Disaster Recovery’.”

“Although we encourage people to submit their application to us as soon as possible so that we can have the damage assessment completed promptly, the deadline date for EMBC to receive this form is March 12, 2015.”