Wildfire Community Preparedness Day applications are open

Published: December 4, 2019



Canadians are being given the opportunity to participate in a wildfire preparedness event. The Co-operators has announced it is co-hosting events all over the country, allowing people from communities to better understand wildfire mitigation.

Alongside partner organizations, the insurance company is rolling out Wildfire Community Preparedness Day. The annual national program is organization by FireSmart Canada, together with The Co-operators, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR).

“As wildfire seasons become longer and more severe, it is important that Canadians are aware of the actions they can take to help mitigate their risk,” said The Co-operators AVP of government relations Maya Milardovic in a release.

Local community organizers can apply to the charity to receive funding for local projects focused on wildfire mitigation and management. Over the years, Wildfire Community Preparedness Day has funded projects run by companies, community groups, governments, fire departments, and individuals.

For 2019’s day, $60,500 has been paid out to projects across the country. In 2020, there are already 15o communities registered to receive $500. Applications are open until January 17, 2020.

“Through this funding, we are empowering communities to come together to take proactive steps to make their communities safer and more resilient,” Milardovic stated.

“It is encouraging to see people across the country getting together to make their homes and communities safer,” said FireSmart Canada executive director Ray Ault.