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1. What is the Drywall Support Program?

1.1 Overview

Drywall costs were higher in Western and Northern Canada between September 6, 2016 and February 24, 2017 due to anti-dumping duties imposed on drywall imported from the United States. On February 27, 2017, the Government of Canada announced that anti-dumping duties would be reduced and approximately $12 million of anti-dumping duties collected would support a program to distribute funding back to those most affected by the higher costs.

Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) is administering a short-term Drywall Support Program, in conjunction with the Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor), which serves the Northwest Territories and Yukon.

1.2 A One-Time Grant Payment

A one-time payment is available to provide partial relief for higher than anticipated drywall costs to:

Registered Canadian drywall contractors and builders operating in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon, and the Northwest Territories who experienced a financial loss as a direct result of higher drywall costs.

1.3 How Much Funding is Available?

A one-time payment will be provided as follows:

An estimated $11 million will be distributed among qualifying drywall contractors and builders on a pro-rated basis. The maximum amount payable under this program is $1 million per organization with payments not exceeding the total loss claimed. The funding will be pro-rated based on total losses for all approved claims to the program.

WD reserves the right to make the final determination on the value of payments, and to not approve applications deemed to be ineligible or to have included false or misleading information.

2. Who Can Apply?

2.1 Eligible Applicants

To be eligible to apply for a one-time payment, you must:

  1. Own a drywall contracting or building business with less than 500 employees, based in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon or the Northwest Territories; and
  2. Have proof of fixed price contracts entered into prior to September 6, 2016 that include drywall quotes with quantities and pricing; and
  3. Have proof of drywall purchased between September 6, 2016 and February 24, 2017; and
  4. Disclose the amount of the loss that was passed onto others.

Please note that lost revenue due to cancelled jobs or lost work does not qualify for a payment.