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Wildfire Recovery

In summer 2017, British Columbia experienced unprecedented wildfires. The Nuxalk Nation and CCRD had one significant wildfire in their region, the Precipice Fire, which resulted in an Evacuation Order for several properties. Businesses and residents were significantly impacted by the intermittent Highway 20 closures as well as advisories that went on BC Ferries and Pacific Coastal to restrict travel to the area.

Emergency Management BC has provided funding for a Wildfire Recovery Manager to assess the economic and social impacts of the fire, and to develop and begin early implementation of a recovery plan.

The Recovery Manager will collaborate with other Recovery Managers in neighbouring regions to collect, coordinate and connect recovery resources to the people and businesses who need them.  

If you need assistance, please call or email the Recovery Manager for information on available resources and supports.

Recovery Manager: Jessie MacDonald
Email: Recovery@ccrd-bc.ca
Phone: 1-250-267-8621 or 1-250-799-5291

BC Wildfire Impact Surveys

Small Business

If you own a business, located within the CCRD, and would like to share your story, we invite you to participate in the business impacts survey.
BC Wildfire Business Impact Survey for the Central CoastBC Wildfire Business Impact Survey for the Central Coast
BC Wildfire Business Impact Survey for the Central Coast

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Community Member

If you are a community member, whom resided within the CCRD during the wildfire season, and would like to share how the wildfires impacted your household, please participate in the community member impact survey.
BC Wildfire Community Member Impact Survey for the Central CoastBC Wildfire Community Member Impact Survey for the Central Coast
BC Wildfire Community Member Impact Survey for the Central Coast

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Recovery Resources

Social and Wellbeing Supports

All mental health and wellness services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
BC Crisis Line 1-888-353-2270
1-800 (SUICIDE) (1-800-784-2433)
310-6789 (310Mental Health Support)
KUU-US Crisis Line 1-800-588-8717 Aboriginal crisis line
Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 Confidential support and online resources for children and teens

Canadian Red Cross Programs

Red Cross - Individual and Family Support for Self Recovery

Call 1-800-863-6582 to make an appointment for individual recovery resources and supports. Mondays to Saturdays 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. PT. Closed Sundays and statutory holidays.

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

Phase II of the Canadian Red Cross Support to Small Business / Cultural Livelihood Program, funded by the Government of B.C., will provide additional financial assistance for Small Businesses and First Nations Cultural Livelihoods impacted by the British Columbia 2017 fires. Application deadline extended from May 4, 2018 to May 31, 2018.

Important Notice
: Businesses impacted by the 2017 wildfires that operate in the communities of Ocean Falls, Denny Island, Bella Bella, and Oweekeno Village are now eligible for Canadian Red Cross Support for Small Businesses.

Coming to Bella Coola: Documentary Screening of Era of Megafires (Sponsored by the Central Coast Regional District) and Presentation from The Canadian Red Cross Support for Small Business, First Nations Cultural Livelihoods and Not-for Profits.
   May 8, 2018 @ 6:30pm
   Business Support Presentation & Documentary Screening of 'Era of Megafires'
   Presentation at 6:30pm / Documentary at 7:00pm
   Moose Hall, 272 Mackenzie HWY #20, Bella Coola
   Everyone Welcome, bring your neighbour!
   May 9, 2018 @ 4:00pm
   Drop-in application support for Red Cross Small Businesses, First Nations
   Cultural Livelihoods and Not-for-Profits
   First come, First served from 4:00pm to 8:30pm
   Moose Hall, 272 Mackenzie HWY #20, Bella Coola

Red Cross Community Partnership Program

Through funding from the Province of B.C., $5 million has been initially allocated to support community-driven efforts for recovery and resiliency. Registered charities, not-for-profit organizations, municipalities, non-governmental organizations, schools, school boards, Indigenous organizations, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply. There are five areas of programing which include Emergency Relief, Community Strengthening, Safety and Wellbeing, Indigenous Programming, and Disaster Risk Reduction. For more information and to apply visit the Program website or email BCCommunityPartnerships@redcross.ca

Other Business Recovery Supports

Community Futures Cariboo Chilcotin: Wildfire Recovery Support Program (WRSP)

The Community Futures WRSP offers hands on support to businesses in the region who have been affected by the wildfires with referrals to supporting agencies and personal administrative help. Contact Community Futures to speak with a Business Ambassador about the available grants for your business such as Red Cross Phase II, Agricultural Supports, Health and Wellness Programming and other financial opportunities. For more information visit their Website or call 1-250-392-3626.
AGRI-Recovery - Recovery assistance for agriculture producers impacted by wildfires
Canada - BC Wildfire Recovery Application Deadline Reminder.pdf

Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association
- Assessing the recovery needs of the tourism industry

Northern Development Initiative Trust - The Competitiveness Consulting Rebate may help you to get your business back on track

Additional recovery resources and supports will be added as they become available.

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