Firesmart FAQ

FAQs

What is the FireSmart Rebate Program?

Homeowners can receive up to $500 for doing FireSmart work on their residential or recerational property. To qualify, participants must be the owner of a residence located in Electoral Area A, B, C, or D of the SLRD.

To obtain a rebate, homeowners need to follow these 3 easy steps:

Step 1   Book a FREE FireSmart Assessment:  

Book an assessment with a qualified Local FireSmart Representative (LFR) by emailing firesmart@slrd.bc.ca or by calling (604) 894-6371 x262. The assessment takes approximately 45 minutes to complete and is performed entirely outside the home.

Step 2   FireSmart your home or property: 

Review the Recommended Activities Form provided at the end of your assessment by the LFR. Complete work around your home based on these recommendations (eligible activities only). You can also hire help to do the work. Log all your hours and/or keep your labourer receipts. Homeowners have 60 days from the date of their assessment to complete the work they wish to submit for rebates.

Step 3   Apply for a Rebate:  

Book a Post-Work assessment with our LFR. Submit a completed copy of the Recommended Activities Form and all applicable receipts to your LFR during their visit. Receive the rebate!

Note: Homeowners can complete the recommended mitigation activities themselves, or hire the help of others to complete the work. Only activities that are recommended in the completed assessment are eligible for the rebate. The number of rebates available is limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis. The cost per hour is based on the FireSmart Canada 2023 hourly volunteer compensation rate of $29.00 per hour. For example, you need to log at least 35 hours of work (or hired help) to receive the full $500 rebate. The number of rebates available is limited and will be issued on a first come first served basis.

What type of FireSmart mitigation activities are eligible?

Here are a few examples:

Roofing: Remove combustible debris and overhanging branches.
Siding: Remove combustible debris.
Decking: Remove all combustible material from under or adjacent to deck, relocate firewood piles.
Landscaping: Ensure 1.5 m horizontal non-combustible surface perimeter along the outer walls of the primary structure, plant low density of fire-resistant plants, remove woody debris, remove flammable plants.
FireSmart Zone 1: Remove material that would easily ignite, thin and prune trees, clean up accumulations of fallen branches, remove dry grass and needles.
FireSmart Zone 2: Plant deciduous trees, remove standing dead and coarse woody debris, remove overgrown grasses, ensure flammable shrubs are well spaced, remove low tree branches below two metres from the ground.

Visit slrd.bc.ca/FireSmart for a full list of Eligible Activities.

Can I claim a rebate for FireSmart work I have already done in the past?

No. Work or expenses completed prior to the FireSmart Home Assessment are not eligible (no retroactive payments).

My property has been assessed in the past, do I need to get another one to participate?

Yes. Properties change over time and so does wildfire risk. The goal is to recommend actions based on the current risks associated with your property at the time of the assessment.

Can I expense building materials?

No. Receipts from the purchase of building materials or tools to perform yard work are not admissible.

When will the FireSmart Home Assessments be scheduled?

Homeowners can book their Home Assessment starting April 3, 2023. The SLRD FireSmart Rebate program will close August 16, 2023.

I do not wish to participate in the Rebate Program this year, can I still book a FireSmart Home Assessment?

Absolutely! The FireSmart Rebate Program portion is optional.

Will the FireSmart home assessment affect my insurance one way or the other?

No. FireSmart work is not tied to any insurance premium discounts. The SLRD, or any of its independent contractors, FireSmartTM BC or FireSmartTM Canada do not share the FireSmart Home Assessment or any details of the FireSmart Home Assessment with the insurance industry.