Winter storms are a reality for all parts of Canada. These severe storms typically involve a sustained combination of heavy snowfall, cold temperatures and high winds. Whiteouts, drifting and blowing snow with heavy accumulations cause many hardships. When winter precipitation falls as freezing rain or drizzle, heavy ice accumulations (ice storms) can also cause significant damage, especially when accompanied by high winds. Eastern Canada, southern Ontario and Quebec are most susceptible to this phenomenon.
For further information on specific events, see the Canadian Disaster Database.
To learn more about how individuals can get better prepared to cope with natural hazards, check out the information available from GetPrepared.
Emergency Management News Releases
Minister Sajjan reaffirms support to the province of Manitoba to respond and recover from disasters
November 15, 2023
Minister Sajjan marks the International Day on Disaster Risk Reduction
October 13, 2023
Statement by Minister Sajjan on Fire Prevention Week
October 7, 2023
Emergency Management Publications and Reports
- Evaluation of the Initiatives to Address Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI) Evaluation Report
- Summary of the Evaluation of the Initiatives to Address Post-Traumatic Stress Injuries (PTSI) Among Public Safety Officers
- The First Public Report of the National Risk Profile
- The National Search and Rescue Secretariat 406 megahertz (MHz) Personal Locator Beacon
- Canada’s Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
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