Disaster Financial Assistance


We are receiving a high volume of claims for the 2022 Spring Flood DFA program and are processing claims based on priority. DFA staff will be in contact with you as your claim progresses through the DFA program ensuring that all federal eligibility requirements are met. All eligible claimants will receive assistance. We thank you for your patience.

2022 Spring Flood DFA Virtual Information Webinars

Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization (EMO) offered virtual information webinars on the 2022 Spring Flood Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) program.

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2022 Spring Flood DFA Program Dates

  • March 20 to July 20, 2022: Event Dates - damages/losses incurred from flooding between these dates are included in the 2022 Spring Flood DFA Program
  • September 23, 2022 : Deadline to Apply - submit your application prior to the application deadline
  • November 15, 2023 : Program Closure Deadline - we are working with all claimants so that repairs can be completed and required documents submitted to Manitoba EMO no later than November 15, 2023

When a natural disaster occurs, the Manitoba Government may declare the event eligible for Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA). When a DFA program is established for natural disasters, the DFA program helps Manitobans recover by providing financial assistance for uninsurable losses to basic and essential property. Assistance is generally provided for the recovery needs of local authorities (including municipalities), occupied private primary residential properties, farms, small businesses and not-for-profit organizations.

DFA is not a substitute for private insurance and does not compensate applicants for lost revenue, inconvenience, non-essential damages, injuries or lost wages.

Not all disaster events will result in a DFA program being established. DFA programs may be established when three criteria are met:

  • Damages from the event are widespread and affect a large area or number of residents;
  • Damages from the event are mostly uninsurable; and
  • Damages from the event represent a significant financial burden.

Manitoba EMO works as quickly as possible to assess the damages from an event. During the disaster, municipalities and the public are often occupied with response activities or disaster sites may be inaccessible. As the response phase winds down, we are able to gather better information to determine whether the three DFA program criteria are met.

Frequently Asked Questions

More detailed regulatory information about DFA restrictions and eligibility criteria can be found in the DFA private and public sector regulations. Manitoba follows the federal Disaster Financial Assistance Arrangements (DFAA) as closely as possible in order to maximize the opportunity to cost-share disasters with the federal government.

Starting in 2018, Manitoba EMO undertook a review of the disaster financial assistance program in consultation with stakeholders. Download the Disaster Financial Assistance Program - Review Final Report.

Should you have questions about an existing DFA claim, please have your claim number ready when you contact us. Using your claim number, we are able to connect you with the representative working on your DFA claim.

For more information, contact Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization.

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