Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP)
The Joint Emergency Preparedness Program (JEPP) was established in October 1980 to enhance the national capacity to respond to all types of emergencies and to enhance the resiliency of critical infrastructure. JEPP is administered by Public Safety Canada (PS).
The Government of Canada, in consultation and co-operation with provincial and territorial governments, contributes to emergency preparedness and critical infrastructure protection projects and initiatives. Whether it is through training, the purchase of emergency response equipment or for emergency planning and exercises, the JEPP investment is a pro-active method aimed to reduce the loss of human life, injuries, as well as property damage costs associated with an emergency.
Since the inception of JEPP, the Government of Canada has committed over $170 million to the provinces and territories. Funding is made available annually for emergency preparedness, urban search and rescue and critical infrastructure protection initiatives from coast to coast.
JEPP projects are proposed annually by the provincial and territorial governments and are cost shared. The Government of Canada's contribution depends on the nature of the project, other projects under consideration, and the amount of funds available. The maximum federal contribution is 75%.
To be eligible for Government of Canada funding, each project shall:
- have a clear objective aimed at enhancing the national civil preparedness for emergencies or critical infrastructure protection;
- have an articulated statement of expected outcomes(s) from the project to demonstrate, in as concrete terms as possible, how national emergency preparedness is expected to increase as a result of the project;
- be based on an agreed, identifiable beginning and end with measurable project points as appropriate;
- include a statement of how the federal financial contribution to the project will be recognized;
- include a provincial or territorial financial commitment to the project; and
- build on existing emergency preparedness arrangements; thus a province/territory or local governments must already have an existing emergency plan in place in order to apply for funds (applicants which do not meet this requirement will only be considered if the proposal seeks to develop an emergency plan).
The Government of Canada's contribution becomes payable only after the project has been completed and the invoices for costs incurred have been paid and submitted for reimbursement by the provincial or territorial governments.
JEPP funds may not be used to finance events or equipment purchases of departments or agencies for activities considered to be part of their normal responsibilities. Other federal departments are frequently consulted when JEPP projects relate to the interests of those departments.
JEPP funds can be used to support provincial/territorial training and educational activities with an emergency management focus.
Through the JEPP mechanism, PS also administers an annual allocation of $400,000 for Critical Infrastructure Protection (CI) initiatives and $3 million for Urban Search and Rescue (USAR) projects.
Updates to JEPP are published annually by Public Safety Canada and outlines federal priorities, funding arrangements, and any changes to the Program.