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B.C. residents under evacuation order longer than 10 days eligible to receive $1,200

A fire has destroyed 90% of the Village of Lytton.
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July 30, 2021 - 4:18 PM

The B.C. government and Red Cross are providing Lytton-area households and those on evacuation orders for longer than 10 days with one-time payments.

Lytton area residents, including the Village of Lytton and Lytton First Nation are eligible to receive a one-time payment of $2,000.

All other households in B.C. under mandatory evacuation order for longer than 10 consecutive days during the 2021 wildfire season will be eligible to receive a one-time payment of $1,200, according to the latest press release from the province.

These funds will be distributed by the Canadian Red Cross.

"Those who have had to evacuate, and especially those who have lost their homes in the Lytton area, have suffered so much in the last month," said Premier John Horgan, in the press release.

"Beyond the current supports to address immediate needs, we're hoping that by putting cash in the pockets of those who have lost everything, we can help them find some comfort during this difficult time. I want to assure you all that when it comes to recovery and rebuilding, government has your back."

Evacuated British Columbians can access the support by registering with Red Cross by calling 1-800-863-6582, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. The payments will be sent by e-transfer.

To be eligible for the $1,200 payment, evacuees must be evacuated from their primary place of residence due to an evacuation order for 10-consecutive days or longer. These payments will not impact eligibility for supports provided through the ESS program.

The program will be open until Aug. 31, for those impacted by the Lytton fire.

For those under evacuation orders for more than 10 consecutive days, applications will be accepted until 30 days after the evacuation order is lifted.

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