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

The Canadian Red Cross is committed to supporting small businesses, not-for-profit organizations, and First Nations cultural livelihoods (First Nation people whose primary means of livelihood is based on cultural expression or ceremony) that were impacted by the 2017 British Columbia wildfires. Experience has shown us this assistance greatly helps people and communities recover from a disaster.
  
Application Period
Please note that the program is closed and is no longer accepting applications as of May 31, 2018.

Phase 2 Funding
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., provided additional financial and other assistance to eligible small business owners, cultural livelihoods that support First Nations communities, and not-for-profit organizations 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. This program is administered by Marsh Canada.

Additional Financial Assistance  
Red Cross is continuously working to adapt and align our recovery programs to best meet the needs of impacted communities. Based on an analysis of all applications received, the Red Cross has determined that an additional level of assistance is warranted under Phase 2. Applicants to Phase 2 may be eligible for additional funding and will receive a notification from the program administrator with more information.  


For small business owners

Please note that the program is closed and is no longer accepting applications as of May 31, 2018.

Required Documentation
Click here for a list of required documentation. Remember to upload or submit one item from each column along with your application. This documentation is needed to process your application. Please note that applications submitted without documentation are considered incomplete. 

For First Nations Cultural Livelihood
 
Please note that the program is closed and is no longer accepting applications as of May 31, 2018.

Required Documentation
Click here for a list of required documentation. Remember to upload or submit one item from each column along with your application. This documentation is needed to process your application. Please note that applications submitted without documentation are considered incomplete. 

For Not-for-Profit Organizations
 
Please note that the program is closed and is no longer accepting applications as of May 31, 2018
 
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.*
*Does not apply to not-for-profit organizations.
 
Support with the Application
 
Support to Small Business Helpline
The Helpline can provide you with information on your application. You can call the Helpline at 1-855-999-3345 from Monday to Friday, from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. PST.
 
Questions?
Please click here for Frequently Asked Questions.
 
Emergency Financial Assistance 
Applications for the emergency financial assistance ($1,500) closed on October 31, 2017. If you submitted an application on or before October 31, 2017 and have questions, please contact the Support to Small Business Helpline.