CUPE BC’s Executive Board has voted to create an emergency fund for CUPE members and their families impacted by the hundreds of wildfires in the Interior, CUPE BC Secretary‑Treasurer Trevor Davies said today.

“We’re establishing this emergency fund with an initial contribution of $10,000 from CUPE BC,” said Davies. “We’re encouraging CUPE Locals and District Councils throughout the province to contribute what they can, as well as Locals and Divisions across the country, so we can help offset the financial impact of these devastating fires on CUPE members in the affected areas. And we’re also asking our national union to contribute to this important effort.”

Davies said that Locals and District Councils interested in supporting this effort can send cheques to CUPE BC at #510-4940 Canada Way, Burnaby BC V5G 4T3. (Indicate on the memo line: “BC Wildfire account.”)

Requests for funds on behalf of impacted members can be made by Locals to CUPE BC by emailing:, and must include the following info:

1.      Name of member(s) and CUPE Local.

2.      Members contact information – including exactly where a cheque can be sent.

3.      Brief description of the hardship situation. Some examples (but not limited to): lost home, evacuated, separated from family, special needs assistance, care for pets or livestock, etc.

We thank you in advance for your contributions and will ensure a prompt response to any requests to access funds. Any unused funds will be donated at the end of fire season to the Canadian Red Cross for BC fire support.