Rebate Information
Subject to Change

RDOS FireSmart Rebate Program

Regional District Okanagan Similkameen Rebate Program Note* Subject to revision
Goal of FireSmart

The general goal of FireSmart is to encourage communities and citizens to adopt and conduct FireSmart practices to mitigate the negative impacts of wildfire to assets on public and private property.

The Regional District Okanagan Similkameen, in partnership with the Community Resiliency Investment (CRI) FireSmart Community Funding & Supports Program, can use grant funding to offer a local rebate program to home owners that complete eligible FireSmart activities on their own properties. To be eligible for funding, the work must:

  • Address the goals of FireSmart.
  • Be conducted  within the FireSmart Home Ignition Zones  which includes the home and surrounding yard areas (illustrated below)
    - Non-Combustible Zone and Priority Zones 1, 2 and 3.
  • Follow the rebate program requirements outlined below.

 Who is Eligible

Residents, community associations, and strata properties within the RDOS nine (9) Electoral Areas (“A”, “B”, “C”, “D”, “E”, “F”,”G” “H” and “I”), excluding the municipalities of Osoyoos, Oliver, Penticton, Keremeos, and Summerland,  are eligible to apply.

Eligible FireSmart Activities

In general, the following activities are eligible for rebate:

  • Roofing: remove combustible debris and overhanging branches
  • Siding: remove combustible debris, create 15 cm ground-to-siding non-combustible clearance
  • Decking: remove all combustible material from under or adjacent to deck, relocate firewood piles
  • Landscaping: ensure 1.5 metre horizontal non-combustible surface perimeter along the outer walls of the primary structure, plant low density of fire-resistant plants, remove woody debris, remove flammable plants
  • FireSmart Priority Zone 1: remove material that would easily ignite, thin and prune trees, clean up accumulations of fallen branches, remove dry grass and needles
  • FireSmart Priority Zone 2: plant deciduous trees, remove standing dead and coarse woody debris, remove unmaintained grasses, ensure flammable shrubs are well spaced, remove low tree branches below two metres from the ground

A more detailed listing of eligible activities is included in below in Appendix 1.

 FireSmart Rebate Details

  • FireSmart activities must be located in the FireSmart Home Ignition Zones which includes the home and surrounding yard area – FireSmart Non-Combustible Zone and Priority Zone 1, 2, and 3.
    (Work within Zones 2 and 3 will be considered only after addressing concerns of the Home Ignition Zone, Non-Combustible Zone, and Zone 1).
  • The Homneowner must undertake and complete the Firesmart 101 online program.
    FireSmart 101 Course (Online| one hour): FireSmart 101 | FireSmart (firesmartcanada.ca)

Submission of the certificate with rebate application is required.

  • The residential property or home owner must have a Home ignition Zone Score-Card of their property, conducted by a qualified Local FireSmart Representative, that identifies the property to be in a moderate, high or extreme wildfire risk category. (refer to Appendix 2).
  • A listing of Local FireSmart Representatives can be found by location by accessing the internet Local FireSmart Representatives | FireSmart BC or by contacting the RDOS FireSmart Coordinator kriess@rdos.bc.ca
  • For the homeowner to qualify for a rebate, the Local FireSmart Representative must provide the following:

1)      A FireSmart Assessment – accomplished by completing the RDOS Home Ignition Zone Score-Card-04-2021.  A FireSmart Home Assessment conducted on a single home should take no more than two to three hours. This would apply to residences, farms and ranches. This would include travel time, site visit, engagement with the homeowner during the assessment, completion of the FireSmart Home Ignition Zone Assessment Score Card, and follow up with the resident once work has been completed.

  • Only the FireSmart activities, estimated work hours, and associated costs that are recommended in the completed assessment are eligible for the rebate.
    See the "RDOS Work Hrs rebate form" below, under rebate submission. 
  • Rebates are limited to a maximum of 50% of the total cost of the eligible activities identified and no more than $500 per property.
  • Residential property owners can complete the mitigation activities themselves, or hire others to complete the work.
  • Due to limited funding, homeowners are limited to submitting one rebate application per property per year.

Performing FireSmart Rebate Hazard Reduction Work

 Do the hazard mitigation work – retain receipts for materials - labor costs will be 50% of $28.54 per hour. The cost per hour is based on the volunteer compensation rate established by FireSmart Canada.

  1. When the work is complete contact your Local FireSmart Representative who will perform a quick follow-up assessment and approve your rebate for payment.

Rebate Submission

Residential property owners must complete an RDOS FireSmart Grant Application that includes:

 Submit completed RDOS FireSmart Grant application to:

Your Local FireSmart Representative
Or
E-mail to: firesmart@rdos.bc.ca

 Please note that the RDOS FireSmart rebate program may be subject to change.

For further information about the FireSmart rebate program or other FireSmart resources:

https://firesmart.rdos.bc.ca/

https://firesmartbc.ca/

 APPENDIX 1  Eligible Activities for FireSmart Rebate

Home or Structure

 

1

Roof Material

Gutters Vents and Openings

  • Install UL/ASTM fire-rated roofing (metal, clay, asphalt shingles)
  • Install non-combustible gutters and/or gutter covers
  • Remove roof surface tree needles, debris or overhanging branches
  • Install closed eaves and/or non-combustible fire-rated vents or vents with 3 mm screening

 

2

 

Building Exterior or Siding

  • Install ignition resistant (fiber cement board or log) or non-combustible (stucco, metal, brick/stone) exterior siding material
  • Repair gaps, cracks, or holes where embers could lodge or penetrate
  • Provide 15 cm non-combustible vertical ground-to-siding clearance

 

3

 

Windows & Doors

  • Install tempered glass in all doors and windows
  • Replace single pane window glass with multi pane / thermal window glass
  • Repair gaps in doors / garage doors where embers could accumulate or penetrate

 

4

Balcony, deck, porch

  • Install non-combustible or fire-rated, solid (no gaps or cracks) deck surface and support construction
  • Close up open deck structures or remove all combustibles below deck

 

Yard/Non-Combustible Zone (0 to 1.5 meters from Home) 

 

5

1.5 meters from   furthest extent of home

  •  Replace combustible surfaces with non-combustible surfaces
  •  Remove combustible debris, materials, fences or plants

 

Yard/Zone 1 (1.5 to 10 meters from Home)

 

6

Adjacent Combustibles

  • Move woodpiles, building materials and all other combustibles into Zone 2 or enclose in an outbuilding that meets FireSmart guidelines

 

7

Outbuildings not meeting FireSmart guidelines

  • Relocate outbuildings not meeting FireSmart guidelines more than 10 meters

from home or upgrade outbuildings to meet FireSmart guidelines

8

Trees

  • Replace (with deciduous) or remove coniferous (evergreen) species

 

 

9

Surface vegetation and combustible materials

  • Cut and maintain grass to less than 10 cm or shorter
  • Replace flammable - continuous or tall growing plants with low flammability, low growing, discontinuous plants
  • Remove branches, logs and needles, leaves and debris accumulations

 


 

Yard / Zone 2 (10 to 30 metres from Home) and Zone 3 (30 to 100 metres from Home) 

Note: Zone 3 should not be addressed until the building, Non-Combustible Zone, Zone 1 and Zone2 have first been addressed. Consider seeking the guidance of a forest professional with wildland fire knowledge on appropriate management options for Zone3.

 

10

Trees

  • Thin coniferous trees or replace with deciduous tree species
  • Remove conifer tree branches within 2 meters of the ground

11

Surface Vegetation

  • Reduce surface vegetation – long grass and flammable shrubs
  • Reduce accumulations of branches, logs and debris