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
The Government of Canada to match Red Cross donations to support wildfire response in Nova Scotia
June 6, 2023
The Government of Canada to match United Way donations to support wildfire response in the Northwest Territories
June 5, 2023
Government of Canada to provide assistance to Nova Scotia in response to extreme wildfires
June 1, 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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