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. Here are some of the GOC's most recent response activities. See information about past events.

Hurricane Fiona

Through the weekend of September 24-25, 2022, Hurricane Fiona had a significant impact across Canada's Atlantic provinces and eastern Quebec.

In anticipation of Hurricane Fiona's landfall, the Government Operations Centre (GOC) set up an event team and worked with federal departments and all orders of government to support preparedness for its impact.

The GOC coordinated requests for federal assistance from Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador, resulting in federal support to the response efforts being provided by the Canadian Armed Forces, the Canadian Coast Guard and Transport Canada through the National Aerial Surveillance Program. 

The GOC continues to monitor the aftermath of the storm and stands ready to coordinate additional federal support should the affected provinces request it.

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The GOC continues to work with the Canadian Hurricane Centre, the United States National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies who issue seasonal hurricane outlooks, to develop its annual preliminary risk assessment. It is agreed that all signs point towards above normal hurricane activity in the North Atlantic Ocean for 2022. Hurricane Fiona was the first of these storms to reach Canadian soil.

COVID-19 response

Since the start of the pandemic, the GOC coordinated Government of Canada activity in support of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and its role as the federal government lead for the response to COVID-19.

Through to the fall 2022, the pandemic is still affecting Canadians, though the level of response required from the GOC was pared down in May 2022. The event team assigned to COVID-19 is activated at Level 2, Risk assessment and planning. The GOC continues to monitor the pandemic in Canada and is ready to escalate the response should the need arise.

See the PHAC 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 will take place February 7-9, 2023, has been deemed the National Priority Exercise for the 2020-23 period.

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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