Fighting and Managing Wildfires in a Changing Climate Program
The program supports training and the procurement of firefighting equipment to increase capacity for fire management across Canada.
Funding to train 1,000 new community-based firefighters, to reduce the risk from wildfire and support community-based capacity.
Funding to support the efforts of provinces and territories to strengthen capacities and capabilities in fire management across Canada by procuring specialized wildland firefighting equipment.
About the program
Climate change is increasing the frequency, intensity, and severity of wildfires in Canada. Annual national costs for fighting wildland fire total over $1 billion. In addition to the direct costs for suppression and response, indirect costs such as property loss and damages, business and industry disruptions, and recovering or rebuilding critical infrastructure and services average around $500 million per year, and can be higher during seasons with more fire activity.
Natural Resources Canada and Indigenous Services Canada received $346.1 million over 5 years and $0.6 million ongoing to operationalize the Government’s commitment to make our communities safe and increase forest resilience to wildfire.
Funding from the program supports a whole-of-government approach to emergency management by providing funding to provinces, territories and Indigenous communities for wildfire preparedness, mitigation and response.
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