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Where can I get help with legal problems caused by wildfires in BC?
Last reviewed in August 2023 by the Clicklaw Editors.

If the wildfires in BC have affected your life, you may encounter legal problems related to the natural disaster and need financial assistance. Below are trusted sources of information that can help you during this challenging time.

EmergencyInfoBC is the provincial government portal for verified event information during emergencies, including evacuation orders and recommended actions.

PreparedBC has information about recovery and support resources, including support services during an emergency and financial assistance after a disaster.

Access Pro Bono provides legal FAQ sheets related to issues faced by people affected by weather emergencies in BC, including wildfires. They are organized by these different areas of law:
  • employment law,
  • family law,
  • insurance law,
  • landlord-tenant law, and
  • strata (condo) law. 

Need legal advice?

You may have to meet their eligibility criteria to access the following services.
  • Legal Aid BC has a province-wide Call Centre providing legal representation and information services. Call 1-866-577-2525 (toll-free) or 604-408-2172 (Greater Vancouver) to ask for legal help.
  • Access Pro Bono's Summary Advice Program provides free legal advice to to low and modest income individuals. Call 1-877-762-6664 or fill out their online form.
  • Indigenous Justice Centres provide culturally appropriate information, advice, support, and representation for Indigenous people. 
  • Lawyer Referral Service offers a free, brief initial consultation with a lawyer to determine your legal needs. If you would like further help from your lawyer, you can retain them at an agreeable rate of charge. Call 604-687-3221 in the Lower Mainland or use their online booking.

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