BC Fires

Support to Small Businesses and

First Nations Cultural Livelihoods


Please submit your application by April 6th, 2018 to be eligible for the program.

The second phase of the Canadian Red Cross Support to Small Business Program, through the generous funding from and in partnership with the Government of B.C., will provide additional financial assistance for Small Businesses and First Nations Cultural Livelihoods impacted by the British Columbia 2017 wildfires. This additional financial assistance is to provide support for uninsured financial losses as a result of interrupted business operations, due to the wildfires.

The amount of financial assistance provided to eligible businesses will be based on their individual needs, as determined through the application process.

Minimum requirements to apply:

  1. Have 50 employees or less.
  2. Be located in a community that was under an evacuation order or evacuation alert as a result of the 2017 British Columbia Fires, including First Nations businesses or traditional cultural livelihoods located on-reserve.
    Click here for additional eligible communities identified by the Province of BC.
  3. Have been in operation on or before July 7, 2017.
  4. Be financially vulnerable as a result of the 2017 BC Fires.
  5. Have resumed or are intending to resume operations.
  6. Have a net income of less than $250,000 (calculated as revenue less expenses).
  7. Have the business or livelihood be their primary source of income.

Important Notice:

Applicants must submit documentation in support of their application for funding. Click here for the list of required documents to be uploaded to the online application.

Please submit your application by April 6th, 2018 to be eligible for the program.

Click here to apply as a Small Business or First Nations Cultural Livelihood.

Not-for-Profit Organizations may apply for additional financial assistance through a different application form found here.
For information on other programs available to Not-For-Profit Organizations, please visit the Red Cross website found here.