Public Safety Canada works in collaboration with other federal departments and provincial and territorial governments, academia, national associations and non-governmental organizations to strengthen national emergency preparedness including planning, training, exercises, and sharing lessons learned. These efforts, taken prior to an emergency, are aligned with Government of Canada priorities and are aimed at making Canadian communities safe and resilient.
Public Safety Canada promotes a common approach to developing emergency management plans to strengthen the Government of Canada's capacity to prevent, protect against, respond to and recover from major disasters and other emergencies.
Public Safety Canada provides leadership for federal emergency management training through its partnership with the Canada School of Public Service and its ongoing work with federal partners and academia.
Government, first responders and military officials work together in exercises that simulate emergency scenarios such as natural disasters, health threats and terrorist attacks to validate plans, training, etc., and identify areas for improvement.
The Capability Improvement Process (CAIP) is a whole-of-government approach to the collection and analysis of government response activities in both exercises and response.
A public-private-partnership with the broadcasting sector to effectively warn Canadians of imminent threats to life or safety.
The All-Hazards Risk Assessment (AHRA) will help identify, analyze and prioritize the full range of potential non-malicious and malicious threats.
The Strategy promotes the vision of an integrated capability across Canada by framing a scalable, responsive, dynamic, sustainable and evidence-based approach for all contributors to CBRNE events. This approach is equally based on the Four Components of Emergency Management: prevention / mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery.
From the perspective of enhanced public safety, communications interoperability refers to the ability of emergency personnel to communicate between jurisdictions, disciplines, and levels of government, using a variety of systems, as needed and as authorized.
Managed by the Federal/Provincial/Territorial Communications Interoperability Working Group, who is supported by the advice and efforts of the CAP-CP 1.0 Specification Committee.
Public safety officers play a critical role in keeping our communities safe from a range of threats, putting their lives on the line to protect us. In the course of their daily work, public safety officers are repeatedly exposed to traumatic incidents, which can put them at great risk for operational stress injuries (OSI), including post-traumatic stress injuries (PTSI).
Disasters in Canada are increasing in frequency and severity across the country. Recent disasters have cost tens of billions of dollars in damages and displaced hundreds of thousands of peopleFootnote1. While all Canadians are potentially affected by the economic impact of a major disaster, studies have shown that certain groups such as lower-income families, which are disproportionately headed by women, the elderly, new immigrants and indigenous communities are more vulnerable to disasters.
Emergency Preparedness News Releases
Government of Canada and Canadian Red Cross establish donation-matching program to support Canadians impacted by Hurricane Fiona
September 25, 2022
Government of Canada invests $1.4 million to improve search and rescue in Canada
September 22, 2022
Statement by Minister Blair on Firefighters' National Memorial Day
September 11, 2022
Emergency Preparedness Publications and Reports
- Ninth Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction
- Eighth Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction
- Seventh Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction
- Sixth Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction
- Ministerial Roundtable on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Public Safety Officers
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