May 2023 Wildfires

We’d like to extend our heartfelt gratitude and thank you to all the firefighters, first responders, the Department of National Defense, and crews who worked around the clock, putting their lives at risk to keep our communities safe.

We’d also like to thank the countless individuals and businesses who stepped up to offer their support during the fires. This webpage is ever-evolving - please reach out to us if you have info to add.




    • PROVINCE-WIDE burn ban across Nova Scotia is lifted.
    • Take care disposing of any smoking materials
    • Watch out for fires and report them immediately


    • A community hub has opened in the lower parking lot of the St Margaret’s Centre (12 Westwood Boulevard) to support residents affected by the fires.
      This provides a place where residents can speak with a municipal community liaison and connect with different community groups that offer support services, like the United Way and the Red Cross. See the schedule here.
    • Updates from Municipality are online at
    • Residents required to evacuate must register with 311 – online form here or by calling 1-800-835-6428


    Household support
    The Province will provide $500 to every household required to evacuate because of recent fires in Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne County.

    The Canadian Red Cross will be distributing this one-time financial assistance of $500 per eligible household.

    The assistance is for households that have been ordered to leave their primary residence by emergency officials.

    Eligible households can register for financial assistance by:

    Business support
    The Province is offering assistance to more small businesses impacted by recent wildfires in Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne County.

    The Small Business Wildfire Relief Program is now available to businesses outside the mandatory evacuation zones that were closed for at least five days because of the fires.

    Applications and information on eligibility are at:

    Business owners with questions can email

    Individual support

    The Premier’s Office and Labour, Skills and Immigration announced the Emergency Relief Grant for Individuals. This grant is to support Nova Scotians who lost income during the recent wildfires in HRM and Shelburne County.

    Employed and self-employed Nova Scotians who are not receiving Employment Insurance (EI) can access this short-term emergency grant, either $275 or $550 per week, depending on the extent of the impact faced. Volunteer firefighters who responded to the wildfires may also be eligible.

    Details on the grant and eligibility can be found here:


    United Way Halifax launched the United Way Wildfire Recovery Appeal to support communities impacted by the wildfires across Nova Scotia as they recover and rebuild.

    Find a list of resources and funding recipients here.

    RBC Financial Relief Program

    Their financial relief program for impacted clients includes deferrals on mortgages, credit cards and loans, and more. If you have any questions or concerns, please visit our online booking tool and arrange for one of our advisors to call you.

    Scotiabank Relief

    To aid the challenges their customers are experiencing, they are providing financial consideration and assistance to impacted customers. Please call them at 1-800-4-SCOTIA or visit your local branch to discuss your needs.

    Click here for details about who can access funding supports and how.


    CN Atlantic Canada Community Board and Telus Community Atlantic Board are pleased to pledge funds to an agency who will assist with support when the time is right.

    Medavie has committed $180,000 to support wildlife relief efforts across Atlantic Canada.




    To support our clients and the community in Nova Scotia, Telus Health have activated a dedicated Wildfire Community Crisis Support Line.

    The Nova Scotia Wildfire Support Line is open 24/7 and can be reached at 1 833 629-5805. By calling, individuals will receive professional emotional support and/or referral to community resources. This resource is available to anyone in Canada.


    The Wound Care Society: an outpatient clinic in Clayton Park that can treat minor wounds, burns, abrasions etc. that do not require emergency treatment. Patients do not need to be a member of our clinic or have a family doctor.

    Contact: 902-450-0008 |


    Mic Mac Mall issued an open call Sunday night to evacuees with RV's, utility trailers etc., to use their overflow parking. Please call ahead: 902.497.4507


    Lunenburg RV Park and Campground: Free sites to any evacuee. Drop off site for food and clothing.

    Smuggler’s Cove Inn, Pelham House Bed and Breakfast are offering discounts on room rates.

    Digby Pines is offering an Emergency Rate of $119. Call them at 1-800-667-4637 or visit their website to find out more about our Emergency Rate and make a booking.


    Call the Storage Inn – The Stanley.



    TD Customers who have been affected by these wildfires can start a claim online on their website, or through the TD MyInsurance App. They can also contact them at 1-866-454-8910 if they have questions about their insurance coverage or to report a claim. Any TD Insurance customers who are looking to speak with us in person about their coverage or claim, can do so at the Canada Games Centre located at 26 Thomas Raddall Drive, Halifax, NS


    If you need a place to work this week, please contact any of the below to find a space, their doors are open to help:

    Workspace Atlantic:

    Bayer’s Lake - 84 Chain Lake, suite 200

    Bedford Workspace 620 Nine Mile Drive suite 208

    Spaces at Office Interiors (available until end of June)

    Burnside, Dartmouth


    Lumi Studios

    101-1649 Brunswick St, Halifax

    Contact: Joyce Liu

    Creative Hub

    Suite R202, 1597 Bedford Highway

    Contact: Jerisa Haque

    John W. Lindsay YMCA

    5640 Sackville street, Halifax

    Mon – Fri open 5:45am-10:00pm

    Sat – Sun 7:45am -8:00pm

    Community YMCA

    2269 Gottingen Street, Halifax

    Mon – Fri 9:30am – 10:00pm

    Sat – 8:30am-5:00pm

    Sun – 8:30am – 9:00pm


    To book the Community Space free of charge contact

    CoWork Halifax

    6156 Quinpool Road

    (902) 818-7368


    202 Chain Lake Drive
    Halifax, NS

    330 John Savage Ave
    Dartmouth, NS

    Dalhousie University

    Fill out this form to request a meeting space

    TEAM Work NS Works Center

    5071 bayers road suite 501


    Commissionaires Nova Scotia

    229 Damascus Road, Bedford Commons

    • Coffee and snack drop-in for evacuees here at the lobby in Bedford Commons from 10-11 am each day starting 1 June;
    • Free use of our charging stations for any e-vehicles;
    • Free workstations /office space for those who need to work or print items;
    • Some parking spaces for personal vehicles;
    • Kitchen space to be able to make small meals for those camped in the nearby Walmart lot.

    Travel in Nova Scotia outside of the evacuation areas is allowed and Tourism Nova Scotia can assist with alternative arrangements and confirm if current routes or plans travel through areas affected, their email is There are travel notices posted at (the tourism website) or they can call 1-800-565-0000.


    Animals are welcomed at the Canada Games Centre (comfort centre). Support provided by the Disaster Animal Response Team of Nova Scotia.

    The Nova Scotia SPCA is here to help all those impacted by wildfires in Tantallon and on the South Shore.

    Please call us at 902-835-4798 ext 0 if you need:

    - To report a pet who may need assistance inside the evacuation zone.

    - Boarding for your pet while you’re evacuated.

    - Food and litter for your pet please fill out the form at (or call).

    The Nova Scotia SPCA is working closely with RCMP, police and fire services to assist pets inside the evacuation zone.

    To those reaching out to help, thank you for your kindness. You can help provide food, litter and medical care with a donation today


    Our current delivery service alerts for Nova Scotia, listed below, are posted and updated on our Delivery service alerts webpage and on our @canadaposthelps Twitter account:

    • Red alert: Clyde River and Port Clyde
    • Yellow alert: Barrington, Barrington Passage, Shelburne and Tantallon

    As part of our ongoing contingency plants, we are making some mail available for evacuated residents of the following communities. Customers who are not receiving mail in those areas can pick it up at the following locations:

    • Barrington: Barrington Post Office, 2398 Highway 3, Barrington
    • Barrington Passage: Barrington Passage Post Office, 3518 Main Street, Barrington Passage
    • Clarks Harbour: Clarks Harbour Post Office, 2797 Main Street, Clarks Harbour
    • Dartmouth: 28 Topple Drive, Dartmouth
    • Lockeport: Lockeport Post Office, 30 Beech Street, Lockeport
    • McGray: McGray Post Office, 1867 Stoney Island Road, Centreville
    • Shelburne: Shelburne Post Office, 162 Mowatt Street, Shelburne
    • Tantallon: Tantallon Post Office, 12724 Peggy’s Cove Road, Tantallon

    Customers who have a trackable package, are asked to check if it has arrived before making their way to the post office in order to minimize traffic. When picking up Lettermail or packages, customers must present a valid government-issued photo ID.

    Free Mail Forwarding service now available

    Effective on June 6, eligible residents can receive free Mail Forwarding service for up to 12 months. Impacted residents have until July 5 to register for the free service.

    Mail Forwarding is an important service not just for ongoing mail, but it also provides a vital link with government and relief agencies going forward. If you receive regular cheques through the mail, it’s important for you to register.

    By registering, Canada Post will be able to ship mail to a different address selected by the customer. This can be done on a short-term basis or for longer periods, even if the address is temporary.

    Impacted residents with the following postal codes:

      • Barrington Passage: B0W 1G0
      • Barrington: B0W 1E0
      • Clarks Harbour: B0W 1P0
      • Clyde River: B0W 1R0
      • McGray: B0W 2G0
      • Port Clyde: B0W 2S0
      • Shelburne: B0T 1W0
      • Tantallon: B3Z 1A0

    Can register with a credit card and government-issued ID by following the steps below:

    • Go online at Note that you will have to provide a credit card payment in order to authenticate the transaction but you will be refunded in 5-10 business days. We apologize for this inconvenience, but to make this available quickly, we have had to take this approach.
    • Go to any post office in Nova Scotia. You will not be required to show a credit card, just your government-issued photo ID. Retail employees will help you with the process, which is free of charge.

    For impacted residents in Nova Scotia with a government-issued ID bearing an eligible postal code, but no credit card, you can register:

    • Go to any post office in Nova Scotia. Retail employees will help you with the process, which is free of charge.

    Customers who have questions regarding mail delivery can contact Canada Post’s Customer Service team online at or by telephone at 1-866-607-6301 (TTY: 1-800-267-2797).

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