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Small businesses in B.C. in line for $18,500 relief for losses in wildfires

The Canadian Press   Nov-30-2017

Doug Donaldson, British Columbia's minister of Forests, stands next to federal and provincial ministers after their meeting to discuss wildfire response in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday September 5, 2017.

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms


VICTORIA — The British Columbia government is offering eligible small businesses increased relief funds up to a maximum of $18,500 for losses following this summer's wildfire season.

Forests Minister Doug Donaldson said Wednesday the province is partnering with the Canadian Red Cross to provide the money to small businesses as partial compensation for uninsured losses, insurance deductibles, minor repairs and clean ups.

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Donaldson said funding is also available to not-for-profit organizations and Indigenous communities.

Finance Minister Carole James pegged the most recent government estimate of last summer's wildfire damage costs at almost $660 million.

Donaldson said small businesses and others can apply for the new relief funds through the Red Cross, who will review each funding request on a case-by-case basis.


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