Recovery Programs

Disaster Recovery Programs

Disaster recovery programs provide financial assistance for municipalities and their citizens who incur uninsurable losses and damages as a result of a disastrous event. These programs are an effective way of assisting municipalities by ensuring that the costs of disasters are shared by all Albertans, and whenever possible, by all Canadians through cost sharing arrangements with the federal government.

A state of local emergency does not have to be declared in order to receive financial assistance under a disaster recovery program.

The Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) is administered by the Alberta Emergency Management Agency (AEMA). AEMA is part of Alberta Municipal Affairs. Alberta Regulation 51/94 of the Alberta Emergency Management Act allows the province to provide disaster recovery assistance to residents, small business, agriculture operations, and provincial and municipal governments if the event meets the criteria as outlined in the regulation, such as:

  • The event is considered extraordinary.
  • Insurance is not reasonably or readily available.
  • There is evidence that the event is widespread.


If the rainfall has been at least at a one in 25 year level in urban areas or a one in 50 year level in rural areas, it is considered extraordinary.

Stream Flow

If the flooding is caused by a waterway and the stream flow exceeds a one in 100 year level, it is considered extraordinary.

Ice Jams

Each ice jam is reviewed on an individual basis. Data, collected by Alberta Environment on general winter and ice conditions and extraordinary conditions (colder winter, rapid melt, thick, and strong ice) that prevailed at the breakup in the vicinity of the site will be reviewed.

For more information, please call Disaster Recovery Programs toll free at (888) 671-1111.

Recovery Advice

After a disaster has affected your property, it’s hard to know where to start your cleanup. There are steps you should take to keep you and your family safe after the event. Here are some helpful links for how to recover after a disaster:

Footnote: Information taken from AEMA.