Nova Scotia Wildfire Resources 2023

From FBA Member Newsletter, June 14, 2023

Mark Peapell, FBA President

Summer is almost here, and the environment is hot and getting hotter. The business environment and our physical environment have all presented challenges to most organizations in some small or significant way The wildfires have certainly affected businesses, large and small, and have displaced so many families. This has affected many of our members, either directly or indirectly, and we want you to know that you are in our thoughts.  There are so many organizations and charities working hard to support those who have lost their homes, their cherished pets, and possessions.  We have been collecting details of resources that are available to those who have been affected and will be uploading these important contacts to our website for your easy reference.  In the meantime, we have listed some content below that we hope will help ease some of the burden. If you are an FBA member and would like to reach out to us with a need, please let us know.  We are your family business community, and we are here to assist in any way we can.



The Small Business Wildfire Relief Fund has been set up by the Province to offer a one-time $2,500 grant of support to any Small business owners who received a mandatory notice to evacuate due to the fires. Financial assistance provides one-time $2,500 grant to help cover the cost of unanticipated business closures. If you have any questions or need assistance with the program, please contact

The Province of Nova Scotia will provide $500 to every household that was required to evacuate because of recent fires in HRM and Shelburne County. The Canadian Red Cross will be distributing this one-time financial assistance of $500 per eligible household that had been ordered to leave their primary residence by emergency officials. You can register for financial assistance by calling 1-800-863-6582 (8am-8pm) or visit

RBC Financial relief program will provide assistance for impacted clients, including deferrals on mortgages, credit cards, loans and more. For any questions or concerns, visit their online booking tool and arrange for one of their advisors to call you.


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