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Supporting First Nations partners, volunteer firefighters, and search and rescue teams

Volunteer firefighters and search and rescue volunteers play a critical role in protecting Canadians. Every year, thousands of Canadians volunteer their time and sacrifice their safety to keep their neighbours safe. Whether responding to flooding in Nova Scotia or wildfires in British Columbia, these volunteers continue to go above and beyond to help with firefighting and search and rescue.

In recognition of this, our government is announcing measures in Budget 2024 to support volunteer firefighters and search and rescue teams like:

  • Doubling the Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit and the Search and Rescue Tax Credit. This means that the tax credit will increase from $3,000 to $6,000 for 2024 and subsequent tax years, saving volunteer firefighters up to $900 per year and particularly benefitting rural communities. Over the next six years, this represents about $105 million in new support for volunteer firefighters and search and rescue volunteers.
  • Committing new funding for wildfire firefighter training through Natural Resources Canada’s Fighting and Managing Wildfires in a Changing Climate — Training Fund.

First Nations communities are especially at risk of natural disasters, including fire, that are increasing each year due to climate change. That’s why we’re investing $166.2 million over five years to support First Nations partners’ emergency management and preparedness. 

In anticipation of the 2024 wildfire season and fire seasons to come, our government is taking direct and immediate action to support Canadians who risk their lives to protect us all. 

Tony Van Bynen

Member of Parliament for
Newmarket—Aurora

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