To improve public safety through efficient and effective emergency response, the Communications Interoperability Strategy for Canada and its supporting Action Plan was developed by federal, provincial and territorial officials and technology experts from the first responder community. Whether emergencies are handled locally under the authority of one jurisdiction, or large in scale involving several levels of jurisdiction, communications interoperability is a critical need for first responders whether in response to a major incident, routine operations or providing a coordinated response to daily events.
The Communications Interoperability Strategy for Canada andits supporting Action Plan sets goals and identifies key national priorities to enhance governance, planning, technology, training and exercises which promote interoperable voice and data communications for emergency responders, both day-to-day and during national emergencies.
The Strategy provides a framework for jurisdictions within Canada to identify and strengthen communications interoperability capabilities. Through the development of common technical standards and standard operating procedures which can be used every day, we can enhance the safety of emergency personnel and improve the overall response effort to larger, more complex emergencies.
The one-year Action Plan sets out activities based on the objectives of the Strategy and sets out the framework for working in partnership to improve responder communications interoperability.
Together, the Strategy and Action Plan will advance improvements to voice and data communications interoperability for first responders across Canada.
The Government of Canada is engaging diverse stakeholders and producing evidence-based analysis on implementation models for a potential Public Safety Broadband Network (PSBN).
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