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2013 Disaster Recovery Programs

The Disaster Recovery Programs (DRP) provides financial assistance for uninsurable property damage, loss and other expenses.

2014 Disaster Recovery Programs

Did you apply to the 2013 Southern Alberta flood Disaster Recovery Program?

On January 24, 2015, the Province announced that 90% of eligible funding will be advanced to Albertans with an open DRP file from the 2013 southern Alberta flood. If you have an open application, you will be contacted directly by DRP staff and they will help you through the process to close your file by June.

News Release: Alberta government to resolve 2013 DRP flood applications by summer (Jan 24, 2015)

How it works

Albertans whose houses and properties were affected by the 2013 floods can apply to the Disaster Recovery Program (DRP) to cover the cost of uninsurable loss.

Albertans who experienced flood damage in flood fringes can use DRP funds to install flood mitigation measures. Those who undertake approved measures are eligible to receive DRP funds for any future flood that exceeds the 1-in-100 year flood event criteria.

Some insurance companies are now providing overland flood insurance. In those cases where overland flood insurance is not readily and reasonably available, the Disaster Recovery Program may still be available to eligible Albertans. The Alberta government encourages all homeowners, tenants, and small business owners to contact their insurance companies to find out what options are available to best protect them from disasters.

Funds available through the DRP will cover the costs of returning essential property to the condition it was in before the disaster happened. These funds apply to:

  • homeowners
  • tenants
  • not-for-profit organizations
  • institutions
  • condo associations
  • agricultural producers
  • landlords
  • small businesses (20 or less full-time employees)


Four key changes may affect DRP clients:

  1. Older or vintage homes
    • DRP may reassess eligibility for older homes or homes with pre-existing structural issues
    • These homes may be re-assessed if pre-existing structural issues were undetectable and therefore exposed by the effects of the floods
  2. Increased funding for clients with insurance caps
    • DRP is changing funding calculations for applicants who received a partial payment from their insurer, in most cases due to damage caused by sewer back-up
    • This new policy may increase the amount of funding available for eligible applicants
  3. Overland flood insurance
    • Small businesses and non-profit organizations previously deemed ineligible by DRP can contact the program to discuss reassessment
    • Insurance deductibles are now DRP-eligible for small businesses and non-profit organizations
  4. Ongoing review and follow up
    • All files are being reviewed for additional funding
    • Any discrepancies identified by residents will be reviewed by DRP staff
    • If further review is required, applications for appeal are available online and at local DRP offices

For more information, contact DRP staff directly.

Applications and forms

Alberta Disaster Assistance Guidelines (PDF, 28 pages)


DRP Application for Review (PDF, 2 pages)

Application instructions (PDF, 1 page)

Sample applications

Homeowner (PDF, 4 pages)

Business (PDF, 2 pages)

DRP Handbooks

DRP Handbook — homeowners and tenants (PDF, 24 pages)

DRP Handbook — not-for-profit organizations, institutions and condo associations (PDF 23 pages)

DRP Handbook — agricultural operations (PDF, 24 pages)

DRP Handbook — small businesses and landlords (PDF, 23 pages)