Wildfire emergency updates and support

Last updated: 22 February 2024 at 3:45 pm

Updates on the spring 2023 wildfires (in Halifax Regional Municipality, Shelburne and Yarmouth), support and recovery information.

Highlights

Fire restrictions Burning restrictions are updated at 2:00 pm daily.
Emergency funding Financial help for evacuated households, small businesses and farmers.
Recovery Support Updates on recovery support.

Accommodations support

Residents affected by wildfire evacuations can call 211 (toll-free; Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm) for help finding short and long-term accommodations (like available dorm rooms at universities or vacant apartments).

Nova Scotia Wildfires Housing Support Program - The Nova Scotia Provincial Housing Agency is providing housing support for people who lost or experienced significant damage to their homes because of the recent fires in Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne County.

Financial support

Disaster financial assistance for residential property owners and tenants: spring 2023 wildfires – Residential property owners and tenants can apply for disaster financial assistance for damage or loss from the spring 2023 wildfires.

Disaster financial assistance for small businesses: spring 2023 wildfires – Small businesses can apply for disaster financial assistance for damage or loss from the spring 2023 wildfires.

Disaster financial assistance for non-profits: spring 2023 wildfires – Non-profits can apply for disaster financial assistance for damage or loss from the spring 2023 wildfires.

Fisheries and Aquaculture Business Wildfire Relief Program – Applications are closed. Small businesses in the seafood sector who were not able to operate for at least 5 days because of the recent fires in Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne County can apply for a one-time $2,500 grant.

Mental health resources

Support for mental health and wellbeing is available for children, youth and adults.

Recovery support

Fuel oil tanks

During a wildfire, your home heating oil tank may have been affected by the heat of the fire or damaged by falling debris and firefighting activities. It’s important to take steps to keep you and your family safe.

Property insurance claims

If you need help finding your assessment account number or parcel identification number (PID) for insurance claim purposes, contact Land Programs at 1-800-670-4357 or rglandtitles@novascotia.ca (they can help you free of charge).

Recovery efforts

Find up-to-date information on recovery support at halifax.ca and facebook.com/shelburneemo.

Well water testing

If you have a well and live in an area that was evacuated because of wildfires, take steps to make sure your drinking water is safe. Before your test, you need to flush and disinfect your well and wait for 5 days before sampling. You also need to drop off your sample on the same day you took it.

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