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
Government of Canada provides disaster recovery funding to Saskatchewan for spring floods
December 21, 2022
Communiqué posting – Meeting of FPT Ministers Responsible for Emergency Management
December 15, 2022
Government of Canada announces funding for research project to improve Canada’s resilience to flooding
November 23, 2022
Emergency Management Publications and Reports
- Canada’s Midterm Review of the Implementation of the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030
- The Memorial Grant Program for First Responders: Awareness Brochure
- Adapting to Rising Flood Risk - An Analysis of Insurance Solutions for Canada
- Compendium of U.S. - Canada Emergency Management Assistance Mechanisms
- Federal, Provincial, and Territorial Emergency Management Strategy Interim Action Plan 2021-22
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