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Nova Scotia offering $2,500 payment to small businesses in wildfire evacuation zones

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June 5, 2023
By Talent Canada

The Spreading Creek Wildfire close to the Saskatchewan River Crossing at Banff National Park in this 2014 file photo. Photo: Adobe Stock

Nova Scotia is offering financial relief to small businesses impacted by the evacuation orders related to recent wildfires in the province.

The Small Business Wildfire Relief Program provides a one-time grant of $2,500 to small businesses in the mandatory evacuation zones related to the recent fires in Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne County.

“We’ve seen many businesses, even those directly impacted, step up to help their communities during their time of need,” said Premier Tim Houston. “But we know that an unexpected closure can still have a significant impact on small businesses. This funding will help address some of that financial stress.”

Applications and information on eligibility are at: https://beta.novascotia.ca/small-business-wildfire-relief-program . Business owners with questions can email SBWRP@novascotia.ca


Quick facts

  • types of eligible businesses include restaurants and licensed drinking establishments; fitness, recreational and leisure facilities; independent retailers; wholesale operators;
  • manufacturers; licensed fish processors; personal services; repair services; accommodations; independent gas retailers; self-regulated and unregulated health professionals; live
  • performing arts venues; construction; private daycares
  • active charities may also apply
  • to be eligible, businesses must have stopped operating because they are within the mandatory evacuation zones related to recent wildfires
  • the program is expected to cost up to $1.5 million
  • on May 29, the government announced $500 for every household required to evacuate because of the wildfires

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