FireSmart Canada

Recognition Criteria

What are the Recognition Criteria?

Neighbourhoods, subdivisions, and small towns in areas of Canada prone to wildfire can earn FireSmart Community recognition status by meeting the following criteria:
  • Enlisting a wildland/urban interface specialist to complete an assessment and create a plan that identifies locally agreed-upon solutions that the community can implement.
  • Sponsoring a local FireSmart Board which maintains the FireSmart Community Plan and tracks its progress or status.
  • Conducting FireSmart Events each year that are dedicated to a local FireSmart project.
  • Investing a minimum of $2.00 annually per capita in local FireSmart Community efforts. This is surprisingly easy to do since volunteer time is credited at $21 per hour (2013 amount).
  • Submitting an annual report to FireSmart Canada documenting continuing compliance with the program.
  • If your community has a headstart on FireSmart already, and can document your efforts, this can also be recognized.

I am committed to have nearby water supply for emergencies.

— Lorna butts, Community Member, Yellowhead county, Alberta