News release

Hurricane Fiona Spoiled Food Program Closing

More than 117,000 Nova Scotians have benefited so far from the Fiona Food Cost Reimbursement Program, and there are still two weeks left for others to apply.

The program provides $100 for every household that lost power for at least 48 hours in the aftermath of hurricane Fiona to help cover the cost of spoiled food.

The last day to apply is Friday, December 16. Other Fiona-related programs will remain open.

“We are pleased so many Nova Scotians applied for the financial support we are offering,” said John Lohr, Minister responsible for the Emergency Management Office. “I encourage anyone eligible to receive the food cost reimbursement to apply before the program closes. There are still a number of programs open, including those for people seeking help with tree removal, so if you haven’t applied, now is the time.”

Applications for financial supports for individuals and non-profits, businesses and municipalities, and the agriculture and forestry sector impacted by hurricane Fiona are located at:

People with questions about the supports can call toll-free 1-888-428-2256.

Following the storm on September 24, the government announced more than $40 million in assistance for individuals and organizations to help them cope with the costs of hurricane recovery.

Quick Facts:

  • applications are still being processed for the Fiona Food Cost Reimbursement Program; people who applied can expect to hear back within four to six weeks of applying
  • more than 4,000 people have benefited so far from the Fiona Tree Removal Reimbursement Program, which helps to cover costs up to $250
  • the food and tree debris removal reimbursement programs have provided more than $11.8 million so far to Nova Scotians directly impacted by hurricane Fiona
  • registration for the Canadian Red Cross financial assistance programs related to Fiona will end today

Additional Resources:

News release (September 26, 2022) – Province Announces Additional Financial Support for Nova Scotians Affected by Hurricane Fiona: