Farmers Impacted by Wildfires to Receive Financial Assistance
Prince George, B.C. – Following a meeting of Federal and Provincial Officials, it has been announced there will be funding to help farmers and ranchers get back on their feet in the wake of the devastating wildfires.
The Canada-British Columbia Wildfires Recovery Initiative, will provide up to $20 million dollars to help farmers and ranchers with the costs incurred to recover.
It is estimated 30 thousand animals have yet to be accounted for and don’t yet have a place to return to even if they were rounded up. There has also been extensive damage to crop and feed production.
Federal Minister of Agriculture, Lawrence MacAulay says as a farmer, he understands ” When a fire goes through, you find things, maybe a year later that you realize, and it costs you four or five thousand dollars to replace it. That’s a big cost that comes off the bottom line, So it’s important , that with the Minister of Agriculture from British Columbia, that we are ready to start rolling this money out and it will help somewhat. But in the end, the farmer seems to pay a lot, but the fact is, this money will help get the farmers and ranchers back on their feet.”
The fund will be cost shared with Ottawa paying $12 million, and Victoria contributing $8 million.
The Federal government is also committing to conducting a review of the response to the fires in partnership with the Provincial Government and First Nations in an effort to improve the emergency management plans, and identify preventive measures for the future.