Hurricane Fiona: Prince Edward Island

Provincial Disaster Financial Assistance Program

Applications being accepted until January 31, 2023

If you are not a resident of PEI, please click here for information on Hurricane Fiona.
Note: You can still apply for this program if you have not registered with the Canadian Red Cross.

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. 
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
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:
  • As soon as it is safe to do so, 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 from a distance that clearly shows the damage and context.
    • For example, be sure to show the whole tree and driveway.
  • Start to 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.

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 or need support, please call the Red Cross at 1-833-966-4225 or email  (Please note: if you are enquiring about the PEI $250 financial assistance program, please call 1-800-863-6582)

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 is currently being reviewed by the Province of PEI and will be provided when available.
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.  
  • 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 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

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

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).

Please note: if you are enquiring about the PEI $250 financial assistance program, please call 1-800-863-6582