Hurricane Dorian: Prince Edward Island

Hurricane Dorian Atlantic aftermath

Disaster Financial Assistance Program for PEI Residents, Small Businesses and Not-for-Profit Organizations

Program Status: Applications being accepted until December 13, 2019
Please register before November 29, 2019 to ensure you have time to submit the application
 
If you are not a resident of PEI, please click here for information on Hurricane Dorian.
 
Program Information
The purpose of the Disaster Financial Assistance Program (DFAP) is to assist Prince Edward Island households, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations recover from the impact of Hurricane Dorian in September 2019.  The program can support with uninsurable losses and damage caused by the storm.  
 
 
Accessing the application form 
In order to access the application form, you must first call the Red Cross and register with us.

You can reach the Call Centre at 1-800-863-6582 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Atlantic  time (Monday to Friday). Please note the call centre will be closed on Monday, October 14 for Thanksgiving Day.

Once you have registered, the Red Cross will contact you to provide you with application instructions. You must register on or before November 29, 2019 to receive the application.
 
Registration allows the Government of PEI and the Red Cross to understand the scope of the storm’s impact and number of applicants which ensures better quality of programming.
 
Application deadline
You must submit your completed application and all supporting documents no later than Friday, December 13, 2019.  

What does the program cover?  
Uninsured losses such as:
  • Repairing damage to your home (primary residences only)
  • Replacing your personal property
  • Replacing or repairing your business equipment or inventory
  • Clean-up costs  
What is not covered
  • Repair or replacement expenses will not be eligible for financial assistance if the damaged property was insurable
  • Loss of income or revenue  
  • Damage to secondary property or investment property
What to do next:
  • Take pictures and video of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance and/or government assistance claims. Make sure you take the photo at a distance that the damage and context is clear, i.e. the whole tree and driveway.
  • Start to collect the documents you need to submit with your application.
  • Track all the hours spent cleaning up and who has helped  (you, family, friends)
  • Keep all receipts, including any receipts for repairs, again for insurance and/or government assistance claims.
Application Information
You will be required to submit photos of damage and documents as part of your application. Please note that the Red Cross may request additional documentation during the application review process.
 
If you have questions or need support, please call the Red Cross at 1-800-863-6582 or email us at PEISupport@redcross.ca.  
  For households
 
Required documentation
For a complete list of documentation and information that you need to submit along with your application, please click here.  
 
Deductible:
  • Upon review of an application submitted by a household, should it be determined to be eligible for reimbursement, a deductible of $1,000 will be applied to the application file.  
If you are a household experiencing financial hardship (low income, fixed income, another hardship such as health or anything else you believe we should be aware of when assessing your application)  you may complete a request for the deductible to be waived. This form can be found here.
 
Program Guidelines:
  • To view the full program guidelines, click here.  
For small businesses
 
Required documentation
For a complete list of documentation and information that you need to submit along with your application, please click here
 
Deductible:
  • Upon review of an application submitted by a small business, should it be determined to be eligible for reimbursement, a deductible of $5,000 will be applied to the application file.  
Program Guidelines:
  • To view the full program guidelines, click here.  
For not-for-profit organizations
 
Required documentation
For a complete list of documentation and information that you need to submit along with your application, please click here
 
Deductible:
  • Upon review of an application submitted by a not-for-profit organization, should it be determined to be eligible for reimbursement, a deductible of $1,000 will be applied to the application file.  
Program Guidelines:
  • To view the full program guidelines, click here.  
Maximum reimbursement
Payments will be based on losses and documentation provided. The maximum payable payment or repair costs will be limited to $200,000 or the value of the property based on the provincial tax assessment.
 
For a schedule of common household losses, please click here.

Additional information
 
  • You will need to sign and declare that your application is truthful when you submit your application.  
  • The DFA program is not able to duplicate assistance. If other sources of funding such as insurance, fundraising events, and/or other financial programs are available to assist with the losses, these losses should not be included on your application.  
Frequently Asked Questions
For frequently asked questions about the program, please click here.
 
Contact Us
By phone : Canadian Red Cross toll-free at 1-800-863-6582
By email: PEISupport@redcross.ca