Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

The Eighth Annual National Roundtable on Disaster Risk Reduction - “Building Back Better”

October 23-24, 2017
The Westin Nova Scotian
Halifax, Nova Scotia

National Roundtable for Disaster Risk Reduction

Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) was established in 2009 as a multi-stakeholder national mechanism that coordinates and advises on areas of priority requiring concerted action.  It has national oversight and leadership and is comprised of more than 700 members representing local to national levels of governance, multiple sectors and organizations to provide a whole-of-society perspective to reducing risk.

In 2015, along with 186 other countries from all over the world, Canada endorsed a post-2015 Hyogo Framework, known as the United Nations Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030).  DRR is defined as a systematic, whole-of-society approach to identifying, assessing and analyzing the causal effects of disasters and reducing the risks and impacts of disaster based on risk assessments.

Public Safety Canada hosts an Annual National Roundtable for Disaster Risk Reduction, which provides a valuable opportunity for discussion on implementing the Sendai Framework. Further to the Annual Roundtable, Canada will host the Fifth Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas in 2017.  This meeting will bring together some 1,000 delegates from over 50 countries and territories in the Americas to discuss opportunities for collaboration and coordination in meeting shared objectives to reduce disaster risks in the region and to meet the United Nations' Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (2015-2030) commitments.


A safer and more resilient Canada through the reduction of risks and leveraging of capacities and opportunities across all levels of government, the private sector, academia, non-governmental organizations, professional associations, Indigenous groups, and the general public.


  • To work in an integrated manner to reduce risk, vulnerability and impacts of natural and non-natural disasters to Canadians;
  • Provide a coordinating mechanism for DRR across sectors and using our existing networks; and
  • To support stakeholders with relevant knowledge and information.

Contact Us

For information on Canada's Platform, general membership or registration for the next Annual National Roundtable, please contact Canada's Platform Secretariat at:
Phone: 613-991-9748

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