News release

Hurricane Fiona Financial Assistance Programs Closing

Nova Scotians eligible for the remaining hurricane Fiona financial assistance programs have until February 24 to apply.

“Fiona was one of the most devastating and expensive storms in our province’s history, and we know many people are still struggling. We wanted to give people a little more time to get their applications submitted for the various programs,” said John Lohr, Minister of the Nova Scotia Emergency Management Office. “I encourage anyone who could be eligible for any of these programs to get their applications in. Staff are working to process applications and are available to assist with questions.”

Programs include:

  • The Fiona Tree Removal Reimbursement Program provides up to $250 to residential property owners and tenants to help with the cost of tree removal services.
  • The Fiona Agricultural Disaster Assistance Program helps cover the cost of damage or additional operational costs for equipment, infrastructure, crops, livestock and feed. It also covers cleanup, fuel and alternative power expenses.
  • The Fiona Aquaculture Disaster Assistance Program helps cover the cost of damaged or lost equipment, infrastructure and inventory in the water and on land. It also covers cleanup, fuel and alternative power expenses.
  • The Disaster Financial Assistance Program is designed to help Nova Scotians, municipalities, small businesses, and not-for-profit groups get back on their feet after a major storm or natural disaster. It helps those whose losses are not insurable and covers up to $200,000.

There is no deadline for municipalities to apply to the Disaster Financial Assistance Program.

Links to the applications for financial support for individuals, non-profits, businesses and the agriculture and forestry sectors are available through:

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

Quick Facts:

  • 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
  • the Fiona Food Cost Reimbursement Program providing people $100 to help cover the cost of food lost from the hurricane closed December 16
  • registration for the Canadian Red Cross financial assistance programs related to Fiona closed December 2

Additional Resources:

News release – Province Announces Additional Financial Support for Nova Scotians Affected by Hurricane Fiona:

News release – Support for Small Businesses Affected by Fiona: