The Governments of Canada and BC met with First Nations community leaders and the Red Cross this week to discuss progress and the next steps in the BC wildfire response.
The Ad Hoc Cabinet Committee on Federal Recovery Efforts for the 2017 BC Wildfires were also at the meeting.
The parties are focusing on joint response, recovery and rebuilding efforts including; current evacuation and re-entry updates, impacts on First Nations communities, reviewing the Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements process, impacts on businesses (particularly lumber and agriculture) as well as committing to implement the Canadian Wildland Fire Strategy.
The CWF Strategy was reviewed last year and they are looking to strengthen fire-prevention programs like FireSmart.
Both Federal and Provincial Ministers of Agriculture announced agricultural producers who have been affected by the wildfires will receive assistance under the AgriRecovery Framework.
$20 million will go to assist agricultural producers, with the cost shared 60:40 between the Government of Canada and the Government of British Columbia.
They are continuing to work with Emergency Management BC to develop a better plan for First Nations communities to be reimbursed for costs, as well as a better system to improve emergency management and identify preventative measures for future fire seasons.