2021 Flood Recovery Program for Food Security

The 2021 Canada-British Columbia Flood Recovery Program for Food Security responds to impacts on livestock and crops by providing assistance to help offset costs of returning to production.  Information about the program and how to apply can be found on the Ministry website.


An overview of additional financial relief programs and considerations are listed below. As new information is received, this space will be updated. 

Commercial Insurance considerations

  1. It is critical that each producer determine what is and is not covered by their insurance. It may be helpful to complete and have your agent sign the attached Emergency Management BC (EMBC) form. This form will be one of the starting points to gain access to funding for homeowner losses from the Disaster Financial Assistance Program (more on this below).
  2. In cases where the business has business loss insurance, this will be a far superior source of coverage than any of the government programs.
  3. If you have not yet contacted your insurance agent do so ASAP. They will guide you through the necessary steps to making a claim, and what they require all of the other agencies will also require.
  4. Below is a list from Co-operators that can help you prepare for an insurance claim:
  • Take photos of damaged areas before you start your mitigation efforts like cleaning or repairs
  • Make list of items damaged, discarded
  • Keep track of the amount of time you spend cleaning and making repairs
  • Keep track of all expenses related to the flood recovery


This program is meant to cover margin loss of producers. For supply managed commodities there must be a greater than 30% decline in margin. This is quite a complicated program – will probably not be applicable for most supply managed commodities except for Layers, Broiler Breeder, and Dairy operations that are out of production for prolonged periods.

For those who do qualify, the province has implemented Late Participation in the federal-provincial AgriStability program for 2021. Late participation means B.C. farmers that are not currently enrolled for the 2021 program year can now apply to enrol up until Dec 31, 2022. For more details or how to enrol visit: Agriculture income protection (AgriStability)  or call 1-877-343-2767 or Email AgriStability@gov.bc.ca.

Mortgage deferrals

Some banks are offering mortgage deferral plans for their customers within flood zones. Producers are encouraged to talk to their bank for details.

Business Disaster recovery planning 

What this program offers: up to $5,000 in business planning services and coaching for individuals from a qualified business consultant, to develop an immediate and long-term recovery plan.

Who is eligible: Business entities including sole proprietors, partnerships, corporations, or other associations of persons (including cooperatives) who meet the following eligibility criteria for Primary Agricultural Producers:

  • You have been impacted by an external event such a traumatic event that interrupts the normal production or flow of operations and puts the stability of the business at risk. Examples include fire, flood, drought, tornado, disease outbreak, COVID-19, death, or illness.
  • Producing fresh food, or agricultural products which are 100% grown or raised in B.C.
  • You reported total annual gross revenues greater than $30,000/year in the previous year to Canada Revenue Agency.
  • All proprietors, partners, members, or shareholders must be residents of British Columbia.