Current activity

Current national emergencies and events

The Government Operations Centre (GOC) is responsible for coordinating the Government of Canada's response to emergency events. This page contains descriptions of current events that prompted the GOC to activate to Level 3 “Coordination of federal response”. Information about past events continues to be available for your reference.

COVID-19 response

The Government Operations Centre is responsible for coordinating the Government of Canada's response to emergency events including the pandemic. It supports the Public Health Agency of Canada, which is the federal government lead for the response to COVID-19.

In January 2020, before the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, the Government Operations Centre was already in action coordinating federal activity to repatriate Canadians from Wuhan, China, and elsewhere.

Since January 2020, departments and agencies across the federal government received requests for federal assistance in support of the COVID response. Public Safety Canada, through the Government Operations Centre, has administered more than 150 such requests from federal, provincial and territorial orders of government and in collaboration with responding departments such as National Defence, Indigenous Services Canada and the Canadian Armed Forces and non-governmental partners such as the Canadian Red Cross.

See the Public Health Agency of Canada site for more information about the current COVID-19 situation.

National Priority Exercise 2020-2023

Coastal Response 2023 - update

Public Safety Canada and Emergency Management British Columbia are leading the development of the federal/provincial whole of government earthquake exercise known as Coastal Response 2023 (CR23). The exercise, which has been deemed the National Priority Exercise for the 2020-23 period, was previously scheduled to take place in February 2022. Originally slotted to take place in 2022, it has been postponed by a year due to the extreme flooding in BC in late 2021 which came after a particularly difficult wildfire season for the province.

The aim of CR23 is to practice strategy, coordination, and communication through an integrated response to a catastrophic earthquake. The exercise scenario will begin 96 hours after an earthquake that causes significant damage to the Metro Vancouver area.

CR23 will be an opportunity for all levels of government, the private sector, nongovernmental organizations, and community groups to test operational capabilities, evaluate policies and plans, familiarize personnel with roles and responsibilities, and foster meaningful interaction and communication.

Throughout 2022, the GOC will continue to work with partners on smaller-scale earthquake preparedness exercises that will also provide lessons-learned and help inform the CR23 exercise.

More about the GOC National Exercise Program

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