Support to Small Businesses, Not-for-Profit Organizations and First Nations Cultural Livelihoods

The Canadian Red Cross is committed to supporting affected individuals and communities following the 2017 British Columbia Fires. Experience has shown us that support for small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and cultural livelihoods that support First Nations communities are essential to the full recovery of the people and communities affected by a disaster.

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Emergency assistance
The Canadian Red Cross will be providing emergency assistance of $1,500 to each eligible small business, not-for-profit organization or First Nations cultural livelihood directly impacted by the British Columbia Fires through an application and validation process administered by Marsh Canada. This funding is made possible through generous donation of the government of British Columbia to the Canadian Red Cross as a result of the 2017 BC Fires. 
Who can apply
To receive funding, small businesses, not-for-profit organizations and First Nation people who support their community and its members through cultural livelihoods must meet the following basic requirements. Additional information will be required during the application process.

Types of businesses, organizations and First Nations members:

In addition, applicants must:

  • Be located in a community that was (or is) 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 B.C. (updated October 12, 2017)
  • Have 50 employees or less (does not apply to not-for-profit organizations)
  • Have been in operation on or before July 7, 2017
  • Be financially vulnerable as a result of the 2017 BC Fires
  • Have resumed or are intending to resume operations 
  • Have a net income of less than $250,000 (calculated as revenue less expenses)
  • Have the business or livelihood be their primary source of income (does not apply for not-for-profit organizations)
How to apply

Interested applicants must complete the application process to be considered eligible for assistance. Supporting documentation may be required. The application for this emergency assistance through two ways:

  1. By clicking here and completing the application online
  2. By calling the Red Cross Support to Small Business Helpline at 1-855-999-3345 and completing the application over the phone.   
If neither of these options works for you, please call the Helpline at 1-855-999-3345 or email for assistance.
Once the application is complete, has been validated and eligibility has been confirmed, eligible applicants will receive $1,500 of emergency assistance through an Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT). The Red Cross will work with First Nations leadership to ensure that an appropriate method of payment is used to support their members.

Red Cross financial assistance is based on unmet needs, not loss, and is provided on a case-by-case basis. The assistance provided will not duplicate existing support either at the provincial or municipal levels, or through insurance.
Frequently Asked Questions
Deadline to apply
Applications will be accepted between August 14, 2017 and October 31, 2017.
Support to Small Business Helpline
The Helpline can be reached at 1-855-999-3345 from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST, Monday to Friday. They can provide support with the application process and you can complete an application over the phone.
You may also contact BC EDA’s Business Recovery Hotline for additional information and referrals to supports in your local area. For more information, please visit: