Hurricane Fiona: Prince Edward Island

Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program

Applications being accepted until 11:59 p.m. on January 31, 2023

If you are not a resident of PEI, please click here for information on Hurricane Fiona.

The Canadian Red Cross is administering the Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program (PDFAP) on behalf of the Government of Prince Edward Island. The program will assist Prince Edward Island households, small businesses (including aquaculture and agriculture industries which meet the small business thresholds) and not-for-profit organizations in recovering from the impact of Hurricane Fiona that hit the region in September 2022. The program can support with uninsurable losses and damage caused by the storm. 

Program Information
Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program Information and Engagement Sessions
Application Information

Application Form
Resources for Applicants
Appeals
Contact Us

 

Program Information

What does the program cover?  
Uninsurable 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
  • Debris Removal
What is the maximum amount that can be reimbursed under the program?
Residential, small business* and not-for-profit applicants that meet the required eligibility and have damage or losses that qualify under the program can receive a maximum reimbursement of $220,000.

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 (including recreational properties)
What to do next:
  • Ensure that you have taken pictures and/or video of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance and/or government assistance claims. Make sure you take the photo from a distance that clearly shows the damage and context.
  • For example, be sure to show the whole tree and driveway.
  • Collect the documents you need to submit with your application (see below).
  • Track all the hours spent cleaning up and who has helped (you, family, friends).
  • Keep all receipts, including any receipts for repairs, for insurance and/or government assistance claims.

Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program Information and Engagement Sessions

The Canadian Red Cross will be hosting in-person community information sessions across the province to support Islanders, small businesses, and not-for-profit organizations navigate the Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program (PDFAP).

Each session will include a 30-minute presentation providing attendees with an overview of the program and details on how to apply. Red Cross staff will remain at the location until the end of the session to answer any questions attendees may have.

For a complete list of dates, locations, and times, click here.

Application Information

You will be required to submit photos of damage and supporting documentations as part of the application. Please note that the Red Cross may request additional documentation during the application review process.

If you have questions on the program or application process or need support, please call the Red Cross at 1-833-966-4225 or email 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
Program Guidelines:

For small businesses including agriculture and aquaculture industries 

Required documentation Program Guidelines:
  • For the purpose of the PEI DFAP, a small business is an enterprise with yearly gross revenues as reported for income tax purposes of at least $10,000.00 and not exceed $2 Million and employs not more than the equivalent of 20 full time employees.
  • Applicant must be the sole proprietor or own at least 50% of the business.
  • Applicant must be acting as the day-to-day manager of the business.
  • Damage to equipment and business structure will be an eligible expense only if it is required for the operation of the business.
  • If a small business is housed in a residence and both sustain damage, then the applicant must submit two separate claims for assistance: one for the business and one for personal loss.
  • 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.
Program Guidelines: Maximum reimbursement
Payments will be based on losses and the documentation provided. The maximum reimbursement for residential, small business and not-for-profit applicants is set at $220,000. 

Additional information
  • You will need to sign and declare that your application is truthful when you submit your application.  
  • This 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. 

Application Form

The Canadian Red Cross is accepting applications through an online portal. You can complete the application form and submit all required documentation in one location. Please click below to start your application.

Apply Here

If you are unable to complete the online application form and require a paper copy, please contact us by email at peisupport@redcross.ca or call 1-833-966-4225 for assistance. The Canadian Red Cross will be offering in-person support at a later date during the application period, when resources on the Island allow.

Application Deadline
The application deadline is January 31, 2023. You can start your application, save it and return back to it as you need prior to the deadline. You may also submit your application with as many documents you have and send additional documents by email to PEISupport@redcross.ca.
 

Resources for Applicants

Those interested in applying are encouraged to consult the following documents prior to submitting their applications.

Appeals

The PDFAP provides an appeal process for applicants who feel there has been an inaccuracy in the review process. Every PDFAP applicant will receive a letter with the outcome. Information on how you can appeal the decision will be included in that letter. You must appeal the decision within 30 days of the date of the letter you receive by contacting the program administrator (the Red Cross) by email at peisupport@redcross.ca or by calling us at 1-833-966-4225. Please note that requesting an appeal does not guarantee that the decision will be modified or reversed. All decisions are made based on information in the PEI Disaster Financial Assistance Program Guide.

 

Contact Us

For assistance in applying to the program, please contact the Canadian Red Cross by calling 1-833-966-4225 - 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Atlantic time (Monday to Friday).